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 independent grower champagne (RM). They have 8.3ha in the western Montagne de Reims. They have quickly gained recognition, exporting to the USA, Australia, Italy, Germany and the UK, and won various awards, including reaching the final of the London Wine Fair Winestars competition for new importers in 2012. Recently they have been awarded HVE status, a certification for sustainable and near organic vineyard and winery work. A member of the Les Mains du Terroir grouping. They are now certified organic and on the way to biodynamic confirmation too.
Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book: Champagne grower to look out for in 2017 (& 18, 2019 and 2020!): Nicolas Maillart. Rising star Nicolas Maillart is technically a nègociant (NM) house not a grower, but buys only grapes from his family, and cultivates all the domaine himself. Experienced in Oregon, S Africa and Burgundy, Nicolas is […]
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 […]
Champagne Nathalie Falmet is based in Rouvres-les-Vignes on the eastern edge of Champagne s Aube. After a Paris XI degree in chemistry she qualified as an oenologue (wine scientist) in 1993 and runs her Bar-sur-Aube consulting laboratory she founded in 1994 before she took over the family estate. The estate is tiny (3.2ha, making some […]