We have the honor of working with wonderful grower families who have been producing Champagne for generations. Every harvest results in different flavor profiles, and each producer is unique. This is exactly why we love grower Champagne so much!
The Redon family’s 5 hectares of vineyards are based in Trépail, where it’s all Premier Cru fruit on the sunny side of the Reims Mountain. The majority of their vineyards are super old-vine Chardonnay (up to 80 years old!), giving all of their cuvées a fantastic elegance and complexity. Pascal’s wines are more traditional and robust than those of his son, Adrien. He blends his cuvées with a high percentage of reserve wines and is always looking to improve every step of his process.
Pascal and Pascale Redon have handed the family Champagne business down to their son Adrien, who has developed his own unique style. Like his father, Adrien has spent his entire life crafting Champagne and is hesitant to travel too far away from the family vines in Trépail. Like his mother, he is an artist. In the fall of 2014 we finally had the pleasure of trying four perfectly chilled Adrien Redon cuvées, and knew a master had arrived. All of Adrien Redon's cuvées come from the same family vines in Trépail, but are distinct from Champagne Pascal Redon. They are clear, fresh, and precisely driven by bright fruit and very high acid. To the best of our translation, Adrien said, "these are for only professionals." We are so excited to reveal them to the US!
"Precision" could be Alexandre Lenique’s nickname! The caves he uses to produce and age his limited quantity cuvées were first used by his family 200-300 years ago. He is a true perfectionist, with every part of his production process meticulously completed by hand. He has even developed a proprietary method of pressing his grapes extremely slowly and gently. After pressing, gravity pulls the juice down a chilled trough into tanks where it ferments at very low temperatures and for twice as long as most Champagnes. Every effort is taken to create the most delicate and nuanced flavors from his grapes.
The Gimonnet family has been working the vineyards of Champagne since 1650, and the current Gimonnet-Oger cellar and production house was built in 1850. Their cellars are 30 meters deep and about as old-school as it gets. Jean-Luc is traditional in every aspect, from crushing grapes in the old wooden press, to aging his Champagnes for years and years before disgorgement. We love representing a Champagne house with this much rich tradition and distinct style.
Champagne Jean Baillette-Prudhomme is now on its 6th generation of family operation. It is currently run by the mother, Marie France, and her two daughters, Laureen and Justine. Laureen has taken the helm as the primary vigneron and she is truly a star. The secrets to their Champagne are in the 5 hectares of very old vineyards, and their use of at least 50% reserve wine in all cuvées, giving the final bottles a very special flavor and great balance.
Perrot-Batteux et Filles
Perrot-Batteux et Filles is located in the southernmost part of the Côte des Blancs. The soil is completely chalked in this region, which shines through in their cuvées. As the name “et Filles” indicates, “a daughter” runs this Champagne house, and her name is Cynthia. Her father retired from the day-to-day life of a vigneron and became the town’s mayor. He now proudly helps his daughter every step of the way, along with her husband. A total of three people do all the work of this house, and you can taste their attention to detail.