We are thrilled to be partnering with Champagne visionary Yann Vadin of Vadin-Plateau to bring you the unique, dynamic cuvées that make up his family’s highly sought-after portfolio. Founded more than two hundred years ago, the domaine has evolved over nine generations and is today leading the charge in sustainable Champagne-making methods that benefit both the land and the bubbles in your glass.
To know Vadin-Plateau is to marvel at its centuries-old history, beginning with the founding of Maison Plateau by Joseph Plateau in 1795. Six generations later, Rémy Plateau changed the family domaine to Champagne Rémy Plateau, and when Rémy’s daughter Yvette married vigneron Guy Vadin, Guy renamed the brand Champagne Vadin-Plateau and installed a press to inaugurate the domaine’s status as a “harvester-manipulant,” French for “grower-producer.”
Set against the backdrop of this ancestral lore, Guy’s grandson Yann Vadin grew up working in his family’s seven hectares of vineyards in the villages of Ay, Damery, Champillon, Hautvillers and his hometown of Cumières in the Vallée de la Marne. As a child, Yann woke up early each morning to help before leaving for school, and he spent much of his free time learning about the craft from his grandfather and his father, Jean-Luc Vadin. Determined to gain even more knowledge and a breadth of experience before one day taking the reins himself, Yann moved to the famed Grand Cru village of Avize in the Côte des Blancs to study winemaking at Avize Viti Campus. He then went on to train in Bordeaux and Burgundy, France, before setting out to hone his skills in the U.S., Hong Kong and Australia. Yann returned to Vadin-Plateau in 2012 not only to continue his family’s rich tradition of making exquisite Champagne but also to use what he’d learned both in France and abroad to help usher the domaine into the future.
One important way in which Yann continues to transform Vadin-Plateau is by bringing nature back into the vineyards. Years ago, Yann watched as his father discontinued the use of herbicides. Now, Yann has taken that deference to nature a step further by converting the family vineyards to certified organic and biodynamic. He also uses his daily analysis of climate and meteorology to inform how he cares for his grapes, and he turns to natural techniques for enriching the soil, including keeping chickens in the vineyards to provide natural fertilizer.
To make good on his promise to protect and exhibit Vadin-Plateau’s unique terroir, Yann carries on his grandfather’s and father’s work to sharpen and expand the domaine’s time-honored methods and techniques for making Champagne. To that end, he crafts precise, single-vineyard and multivineyard cuvées, aging them in stainless steel while also exploring the use of concrete eggs and oak casks. He also experiments with fermentation at extremely low temperatures, which helps preserve fruit and floral aromas as well as the pure, natural flavors of the grapes. With flavors this pronounced, Yann’s cuvées need very little to zero dosage to achieve beautifully balanced perfection. Finally, Vadin-Plateau Champagnes benefit from such practices as “tirage sous liège,” French for using cork rather than a metal cap to seal the bottles during their second fermentation. These risky methods are also some of the most rewarding, imparting the exquisite complexity and nuanced flavors that make Vadin-Plateau bubbles an absolute pleasure to drink.
Finally, Vadin-Plateau Champagnes benefit from old-school practices such as “tirage sous liège,” French for using cork rather than a metal cap to seal the bottles during their second fermentation. These risky methods are also some of the most rewarding, imparting the exquisite complexity and nuanced flavors that make Vadin-Plateau bubbles an absolute pleasure to drink.
But don’t take our word for it. Discover Vadin-Plateau for yourself!