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André Roger, Ay

This family owned domain is located in the village of Ay in the Grande Vallée de la Marne

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 yields.

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.