We are honored to partner the remarkable women of Jean Baillette-Prudhomme. Vigneron Laureen Baillette’s careful attention to crafting cuvées according to the traditional methode champenoise honors the legacy of her late father and a family history steeped in the Premier Cru vineyards of Montagne de Reims.
As a young girl, Laureen Baillette spent her summers on her family’s 5-hectare estate in Trois-Puits on the slopes of Montagne de Reims. While her friends were catching frogs and skipping stones, Laureen instead did what many vineyard children do during their vacation months. She washed glass bottles, moved pallets and helped her father, Jean, a 4th generation vigneron, in the fields. So even when Laureen left home to complete her studies, she knew she’d be back someday.
That day came sooner than expected when Jean died rather unexpectedly, and Laureen returned to take over responsibilities as head vigneron of the family domaine. Today, alongside her mother, Marie-France, and her sister, Justine, Laureen continues to produce world-class Champagne using the traditional methods she learned from her father.
From picking to pressing to riddling, she has her hands on every step of the process. And when it comes to imbuing her cuvées with their signature elegance and maturity, she follows the Jean Baillette-Prudhomme technique of blending each new vintage with 50 percent réserve wine. Then, the bottles age in cellars carved into the chalk 14 meters below the estate to reveal a complexity of flavors that is simply exquisite and a pleasure to discover in your glass.
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