You could say that I was cradled in the vineyards. Son and grandson of a winegrower, since all time...
Champagne Olivier Marteaux
Welcome to Champagne! More precisely in the valley of the Marne where Olivier Marteaux is putting the ...
The passion of the vine and the art of conviviality, this is what sums up the state of mind of...
Champagne Guy Charbaut
Champagne, Champagne,Champagne premier cru
The Guy Charbaut Champagne House is a family estate located in the heart of the best wines of the region...
Located in Cuis, at the gateway to the Côte des Blancs south of Épernay, we farm 1ha 60 divided into 33 plots in the communes of Cramant, Avize, Oger, Chouilly, Cuis and Bouzy. We cultivate there...Lire plus Learn more
Our story begins in 1914 when Constant, my maternal great-grandfather, arrived on the front near Reims. After the war, he settled in Bouzy and bought a small plot of land on which he planted chardonnay plants. After the Second World War, our family moved to Cramant, near Epernay. Three generations will succeed one another and constitute our estate in the Côte des Blancs in the communes of Cramant, Avize, Chouilly, Oger and Cuis. Today, our farm has 33 plots spread over 1 ha60.
In 2015, we will switch all our operations to sustainable farming without herbicides and insecticides and our Bouzy plot to chemical-free farming. We continue to favour manual work by giving specific attention to each of our plots as if they were our children with their own character and differences... Each new wine-growing season allows us to experiment with new practices, to question ourselves, to adjust the experiences of previous years. Even after 20 years of experience, we continue to learn because vines and nature never behave in the same way. 1/3 of our farm is currently cultivated without chemistry using the precepts of organic and biodynamic agriculture. I do not claim any label but I believe in responsible, ecological and environmentally friendly viticulture, some of our wines are vinified in stainless steel vats and the other in barrels. In both cases, our wines are low in dosage and low in sulphites.
For the past 5 years, we have been experimenting with plot winemaking by assembling our plots in the vineyard, shortly before the harvest, according to their maturity and particularities. For these vintages, we have abandoned chaptalization, enzyming, racking, filtration, industrial cold storage with the aim of producing rich, aromatic, complex champagnes that respect and adapt to the potential of the wine. We believe that the quality of a champagne is determined in the vineyard. Our philosophy is to harvest very ripe, healthy and irreproachable grapes in terms of health. "We only pick grapes that we would like to eat." Of course, we do not intend to stop there and hope to be able to perpetuate our business in the coming years and continue our journey towards cleaner, healthier, more natural viticulture for us, for you and for future generations.
I have always been fascinated by the wine grower's profession. When I was a kid, I didn't play doctor but I was a winegrower! I never lied to myself and I always tried to go where my desires told me to go. I like to experiment with new or old techniques. On several occasions, I have applied an apple pectin-based elicitor in some plots to control spring frosts. This year, I tried to treat some powdery mildew affected plots with garlic and milk. My objective is to work as healthily as possible and to perfect my work in order to try to produce excellent grapes and Champagne wines.