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Champagne André Delaunois

A family story... sparkling

Maison André Delaunois is located in Rilly-la-Montagne, a small village in the Champagne region known for the quality of its floral park. Thanks to the microclimate that Montagne de Reims offers to the vineyard, farmers can make the most of the clay and limestone soil exposed to the north-east. In recent years....

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Maison André Delaunois is located in Rilly-la-Montagne, a small village in the Champagne region known for the quality of its floral park. Champagnes are made on a Premier Cru classified vineyard.

Thanks to the microclimate that Montagne de Reims offers to the vineyard, farmers can make the most of the clayey-limestone soil exposed to the north-east. For several years now, the family has been working in their vineyard in sustainable agriculture.

It is in a family atmosphere that the harvest takes place every year. This is a key time for the estate to harvest the grapes and carefully sort them during the harvest. The vinification is carried out in a very traditional way in enamelled cuvée and in vats with malolactic fermentation. At the end of January, the juices are bottled. For traditional vintages, ageing takes place over 18 months, unlike more elaborate vintages, which age up to 5 years.

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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 harvestmanager and opened the Delaunois house. Harvested after the harvest, it is André's turn, his grandson, to manage the family farm. He took over the reins of the estate in the 1970s and began many modernisation works on the estate: from the vat room to the buildings and the cellars.

At the dawn of the 1990s, the next generation took over: daughters, sons-in-law, granddaughter, the whole family was 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 past two generations is excellent; the champagne is always of better quality and the family tradition remains respected. The reward? A significant media coverage in the greatest specialized guides: Hachette, Dussert Gerber, Gilbert and Gaillard, not to mention all of them.

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The press used by the Delaunois family is a 4000 kg Cocquard cork press. This one was installed in 2001 at the property and offers an incomparable pressing quality. This technological nugget allows the flesh of the grapes not to be violated during crushing in order to keep all the aromas of the vine fruit.

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