Highly regarded by champagne specialists but rather ‘insider’ until recently, Agnès Corbon’s 3.5ha include parcels in the western Marne Valley as well as the crowning glory of 2ha of Chardonnay in Avize Grand Cru where she is based. She took over the family domaine in 2006 and has fashioned new cuves. Her hallmark is long lees-ageing and using base wines which are held in a perpetual solera type blend and also in 30hl oak foudres. Her wines show the power and minerality of Avize and the complexity of long ageing. She makes just 10,000 bottles a year.
This estate is the sole independent grower or RM (Récoltant-Manipulant) in Sillery Grand Cru. Yet this village in the 17th century was, with Aÿ, the most famous Champagne wine, then mostly still, not bubbly. Sillery, on the northern Montagne de Reims, normally Pinot Noir central, grows more (48%) Chardonnay than any grand cru outside the […]
Our fond and long-held partnership. We were the first to discover, advise them and import Geraldine and Richard’s wines into the UK from before 2014. They are now exported worldwide. Geraldine Lacourte and Richard Devignes took the bold step with a young family some years ago, to leave their local coop and become a proper […]
The La Villesenière champagne range is a barrel-fermented clutch of cuvées made under a separate brand by Champagne Claude Michez in the Marne at Boursault, west of Epernay. Cyril and Laurence seem to have remarkable feel for the skills of barrel fermentation and management and word is spreading to Paris restaurants and some European exports. […]