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Laculle Frères have a clear and, at first sight, simple-sounding vision: to fully express the potential of the terroir and capture its secrets with every step, from the vineyard to the cellar.
Coming from a family deeply rooted in the Champagne winemaking tradition since 1789, brothers Edouard and Victor decided in 2018 to vinify their grapes themselves and bottle their own wines.
The former, a graduate of the viticultural school in Beaune and a qualified farmer and oenologist, takes care of the vineyards with his sustainability-driven approach.
Victor is more to be found in the cellar - through his experiential travels around the world and to other French wine-growing regions, he combines tradition and international knowledge in his champagnes.
The concentration on the essentials is also reflected in the pleasingly clear portfolio of the two: only three champagnes are bottled at the moment.
All Laculle Frères champagnes are aged in agraffe-faced, corked bottles (instead of under the crown corks that are common today) - a very old, labor-intensive and elaborate method!
The micro-oxidation that takes place contributes to the complexity of the champagnes.
Each is made from only one grape variety (even a rarely found 100% Pinot Blanc is among them), all are aged in wood and left on their lees for at least 24 months.
As such, they are emblematic of the brothers' search for the optimal expression of terroir and their quest for the best possible interpretation of soil and origin.
Facts: R.M., Chervey, Côte des Bar, 14 ha.