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Champagne Delaunois-Chanez is located in Rilly-la-Montagne, a small village in the Champagne region known for the quality of its floral park. The champagnes are made on a classified vineyard ...Lire plus Learn more
Champagne Delaunois-Chanez is located in Rilly-la-Montagne, a small village in the Champagne region known for the quality of its floral park. The champagnes are made on a Premier Cru classified vineyard.
Thanks to the micro-climate that the Montagne de Reims offers to the vineyard, the growers can get the best out of the clay-limestone terroir with a North-East exposure. For the past few years, the family has been working in their vineyard using sustainable agriculture.
Every year, the harvest takes place in a family atmosphere. This high point for the estate is the opportunity to harvest the grapes and sort them carefully during the picking. The vinification takes place in a very traditional way in enamelled vats and tuns with malolactic fermentation. At the end of January, the juices are bottled. For the traditional cuvées, the ageing process takes 18 months, unlike the more elaborate cuvées which age up to 5 years.
The history of this family estate began in the 1920s in Rilly-la-Montagne, with the great-grandfather of the current winegrower: Edmond. Already employed in the vineyards, he decided to become a harvester-manager and opened the Delaunois house. Harvest after harvest, it is the turn of André, his grandson, to manage the family farm. He took over the reins of the estate in the 1970s and began numerous modernisation works on the estate: from the vat room to the buildings and cellars.
At the dawn of the 90s, the next generation took the torch: daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughters, the whole family in turn became involved in the development of the estate. For their part, they revolutionized the tools used until then still old: presses, tuns, vats. The result of the efforts of the two past generations is excellent; the champagne is always of better quality and the family tradition is still respected.
Eric and Christine pass the torch to Elodie, André's granddaughter, who thus perpetuates the family tradition.
We are proud to welcome you today in a still family-run business, where respect for the land and passion for wine are our daily driving force.