André Roger, France
Vines are planted on the famous fossil calcareous and sedimentary soils, with Aÿ being one of only 17 villages classified as Grand Cru and renowned for high quality Pinot Noir production. In the vineyards they remain faithful to the Champagne tradition, whilst at the same time, adopting modern techniques to enhance quality.
Their approach of minimal intervention allows the soils to fully express its potential, with great care taken to minimize the use of chemicals and fertilizers. Their Pinot Noir dominant Grande Réserve exhibits the hallmarks of the house style, with reserve wines aged on lees for 15-18 months for added richness and complexity.
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.
- An independent family run domaine; it’s heritage dating back to 1876. Now in the skilled hands of Jean-Pol and Marie-Hélène.
- All wines are produced from their own 5.21 hectares of Grand Cru classified vineyards, in the village of Aӱ.
- They adopt a gentle approach to viticulture, with minimum intervention in the vineyards and absolute respect for their soils.