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Champagne Caillez Lemaire

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A mosaic of plots for a successful champagne

Independent winegrowers in DAMERY, Marne Valley, we have been certified High Environmental Value since 2014. all our vintages are vinified, entirely or partially, in oak barrels.

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(51) Marne

Our 7 hectare vineyard, divided into 57 parcels, is mainly located in Damery but also in 5 other villages of the Marne Valley - Hautvillers, Cumieres, Vauciennes, Fleury-La-Rivière, and Chaumuzy, Vallée de l'Ardre (near the Montagne de Reims).
This distribution allows an interesting diversity of terroirs.
For the
soil and subsoil, we have a palette ranging from chalk to clay, passing through all the shades of clay and limestone, with even a little
sand!

We have been certified HVE (High Environmental Value) since November 2014 and wish to go even further than these obligations, which is why our tillage extends from year to year. However, we are limited by vines that are difficult to access. Laurent once scared himself, no longer mastering his tractor in a vineyard on a particularly steep hillside! In these vines, with a steep slope, we keep a grassy strip in the middle of the row to fight against

erosion. In the

vines where the soil is worked, the root system develops more deeply and allows the terroir to express itself even more in our

Champagne.

Our story

I decided to work on the family farm in 1995. I was 20 years old. At home, there were always people, customers, friends... Around 1998-1999, Laurent spent a lot of time, visiting the cellar with his family, having a drink, buying Champagne... And one day, my father had a revelation, he said: "Ah ! ! I thought he was interested in my Champagne, but it's my daughter he's interested in ! "It was probably a little bit of both! We got married in 2002. Pauline was born in 2003, and it was also the year Laurent left his job to do a professional reconversion in 2 years at the wine school. We have been working together since 2005, the year my parents retired... But they are never far away... Coming from winegrower families, both of my parents had taken over the estate from my father's parents. The CAILLEZ and LEMAIRE families had been winegrowers since the 18th century (and perhaps before!) but it was my paternal grandparents who created the brand, with their family names, by starting the champagnisation. When my parents took over, they had worked for 5 years in other fields, they were interested in all the ways to make Champagne! They stopped filtering and then fining, realizing that the wines could be clarified over time and the aromas preserved. They used the barrels again for a special cuvée (Cuvée Jadis) which they also corked in corks as soon as they were bottled (instead of capsules). Their vinification was not only inspired by the past; they also made technological choices, such as equipping the winery with a thermoregulation system. The idea was to use all the knowledge, those that had been put aside a little, and the latest innovations, without a priori, always for the improvement of quality. So we were at a good school! We have kept the same logic, we currently vinify more than a third in oak barrels and we now produce a cuvée in new or recent barrels, the oak of which has grown in our village, Damery, thanks to our cooper Jérôme Viard. It is a very interesting and demanding job, which we also do thanks to the support of our 3 employees.

Other little stories

For us, being winegrowers means starting from the land to create a wine that will connect people together, around pleasure and celebration. What could be more noble! Wine is civilization! The typicity of a terroir becomes universal, appreciated by all! Laurent has had a taste for Champagne since the day he tasted a magnum of Champagne in 1970, the year he was born. It was an incredible experience for him! He came to the winegrower's profession through the pleasure of tasting! For me, being a winegrower also means, above all, continuing the work of previous generations, and preparing that of future generations. Our vines are more than 30 years old, we renew them a little every year, it is necessarily transgenerational. I like the idea of being part of a whole! We're doing our part!

Our wines express themselves on the richness and fruit, without compromising on freshness and minerality at the end of the palate. These Champagne characteristics are reinforced by our methods at each stage of the production process: ripe grapes, no filtration, maturing on lees, oak barrels. All this contributes to obtaining wealth and complexity. No malolactic fermentation to keep the wine fresh. Temperature-controlled barrels or vats for a long and mineral finish. In the world of wine, we have a particular affection for independent winegrowers. We are still very numerous in Champagne, and we hope that this diversity will last and develop, despite the difficulties of doing our job. What we dislike about the world of wine is snobbery (not only in the world of wine by the way!). You don't need to be a great connoisseur to enjoy yourself, you don't need to be afraid to discover (infinite) new things, but let's try not to be "label drinkers"!

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