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"New old style wines
Peasant viticulture and slow vinification" (Marie-Laurène et Sébastien Lefèbure).
This is the motto of the two young, tradition-conscious and thus again very innovative winemakers.
After graduating from the Université Sorbonne in Paris, Marie-Laurène worked for several years as an art historian and archaeologist. Jonathan Nossiter's film "Mondovino" about the effects of globalization in viticulture changed her (professional) life.
While studying viticulture in Avize, she met her husband, Sébastien, and with the help of the well-known organic champagne pioneer Horiot family, the two built a small winery. Time, dedication and appreciation of the natural resources in the vineyard and cellar are important principles - the craft and natural processes in the preparation are clearly in the foreground.
Marie-Laurène et Sébastien reflect on the centuries-old experience of Champagne, refusing the fast-moving zeitgeist with its chasing of current trends and fashions. All wine movements take place through the use of gravity, neither clarification nor filtration of the base wines, consistent fermentation and aging on the fine lees in used wood, all bottles are shaken by hand on wooden pulps, Degorgement à la volée ("warm disgorgement", without cold bath) - and these are just a few measures that demonstrate the seriousness and the associated high effort that the two operate.
The wonderfully cheerful, playful bottle labels also reflect this attitude: there is music and dancing, all in the courtly attire of the Baroque period, of course always with a bottle of champagne in the background. A rounded bottle shape and the partly specially designed fonts then complete the unusual appearance.
The champagnes of Maison Lefébure are powerful in color and aroma, intense and hedonistic - but never kitschy or exuberant. They are too clearly structured for that, too excitingly different, too firm and therefore also haptically perceptible.
With each sip, a new dimension opens up, a new hint of grape variety and vinification form emerges.
Here the inclined champagne friend can expand his horizons and make new, old experiences. The Sun King's old clothes in new garb.
Due to the very low production volume, champagnes from the Maison Lefébure are currently limited to 1-2 bottles per customer.
Facts: R.M., Baye, Vallée de la Marne, 5.5 ha.