This family owned domain is located in
the village of Ay in the Grande Vallée de la Marn with vines
planted on white chalk soil with belemnite fossils, or on
calcareous and sedimentary soils. Most of the vineyards are listed
as 100% Grand Cru.
In the vineyard the methods used are faithful to the Champagne
tradition while using modern techniques to improve quality. The
philosophy of minimum intervention is applied at all times allowing
the soils to express their full potential. In the vineyards,
great care is taken with the soils, and in several plots grass is
grown between the rows, which helps lessen the use of chemical weed
killers. The implementation of a softer approach to viticulture
requiring fewer fertilizers and chemicals as well as green
harvesting in some delicate plots give them better control of the
Following the advice from their oenologist, one third of the
wines are matured on their lees in oak casks. For a better ageing
potential and to obtain fresher and fruitier wines, they don't
trigger malolactic fermentations for vintage or Grande Cuvée wines.
Before bottling, there is only one filtration followed by ageing on
the lees for between 15 and 48 months. When disgorging, dosage is
done with natural liquors.