Watch: Les Femmes & Le Champagne

Laureen Baillette of Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme is one of many powerful women impacting the world of Champagne. Learn more about her family, her process, and her inspiring journey in this video below. We are honored to have her cuvées at fatcork, and it's been an absolute pleasure working with her and her family over the last 11 years. 

The secret lies in the old vineyards. All of her cuvées contain at least 50% of reserve wine, which lends special flavors and a great balance to the final product. Laureen and her family tend to just five hectares and follow the very traditional way of making Champagne—from using the old press to the careful attention in the cellar, every detail is carefully executed.

While visiting our growers in Champagne, wine-maker Laureen explained to us the process of circulating the grapes during the initial press. Essentially, the bottom layer must be periodically moved to the top in order to get the most evenly concentrated quality of juice. It is arduous work that is done by hand with a large metal pitchfork and, most importantly, a willing participant.

Laureen is the kind of wine-maker who doesn’t cut corners. She does things the way her father did them—with her hands on just about everything from picking to riddling. Which is why we were surprised to hear her answer when we asked her if she performs this difficult task herself. 

She simply smiled and said, “no, no, no, that is work for my nephew.” It all made perfect sense.

Needless to say, growing up on a Champagne vineyard is different. While most kids spend their summer days catching frogs and skipping rocks, vineyard kids wash bottles, move pallets, and otherwise contribute to the winemaking process in whatever way their little hands can. It is a childhood that speaks to the legacy of Champagne, and the family effort that goes into making it extraordinary.

We’ve assembled a few collections of bubbles that celebrate Laureen and her family legacy.

Try one of these curated bundles from her exquisite collection:

GOLD DUST WOMAN (2-PACK)
This duo of Laureen's most popular cuvées is unmistakably Premier Cru. Traditional in style. Full of personality. Delicate and refined.

Included:
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Brut Réserve 
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Rosé de Saignée  
GOLD DUST WOMAN (3-PACK)
This trio is expresses Laureen's range of cuvées. Experience the terroir of Trois-Puits from the entry-level brut réserve, to the full flavoured, juicy rosé de saignée, and finish with the Brut Nature, a beautiful dry blend of depth and beauty, which features a perpetual reserve wine of pinot noir that dates back 20 years! 
Included:
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Brut Réserve 
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Rosé de Saignée
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Brut Nature
GOLD DUST WOMAN (4-PACK)
This quartet is the full experience of Laureen's range of cuvées. This collection finishes with the Heritage Premier Cru, a beautiful blanc de blancs of depth and beauty, which features chardonnay that has been aged in used Meursault barrels. 
Included:
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Brut Réserve 
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Rosé de Saignée
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Premier Cru Brut Nature
1 x Jean Baillette-Prudhomme Heritage Premier Cru

We simply wouldn’t have great Champagne without great families like this one, who have perfected their craft over many decades of work. So, when you enjoy these beautiful bottles, do so with your own family, inherited or chosen, and take stock of what it means to share your passions with the ones you love.

Cheers,
Team fatcork

 

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