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Isabelle and Franck are recognized in Champagne as a leading estate, not only for the exemplary quality of the wines produced, but also for the very personal, deeply human and innovative vision they bring to the estate.Lire plus Learn more
Isabelle and Franck are recognized in Champagne as a leading estate, not only for the exemplary quality of the wines produced, but also for their very personal, deeply human and inspiring vision. It is driven by the desire to create authentic and sincere vintages, of which previous and future generations can be proud, that Franck returned to the family estate in 1994. He decided to follow this path with an approach that respects Life and Nature, with a true environmental ethic. This is how he certified the estate in organic and biodynamic farming. It was a real stroke of luck for this ambitious winegrower because he noticed that each action carried out in favour of, and in the sense of, life improves the intrinsic characteristics of the grape and improves its definition... giving an increasing potential to the wines from year to year. On the strength of this experience, the couple questioned themselves about the vinification process to find the brand new potential of the grape. Once again, this is done through the living; for it is the living wine that ferments it, transforms it, shapes it day after day. The potential of a Great Wine is also found in the ability of the living to transform grape juice into Wine with fermentations of which Man knows little. Isabelle and Franck took several years to find the right way to accompany the living in their wines, and gives fine, pure, clean, straight and precise wines whatever the profile of the vintage. To preserve the sensations captured in the grapes and the balances desired by Nature, no inputs are used (except a little sulphite on certain vintages), no fining, no filtration, no cold storage is carried out. The benefit for the consumer is that the wine is the image of life wanted. This is a new experience that has no equivalent at the moment. It is a privileged moment between Nature and Man... where the body recognizes Champagne as something good for it, which does it good. Signs such as drinkability, digestibility, and salivation reflexes attest to this.
The first ten years were devoted to understanding the terroirs and the right actions to be taken to express it as accurately as possible. By passing from the classic culture on our soils of the Marne Valley, to organic, then to biodynamic, the wines have evolved considerably. Our senses of taste, smell, and touch (tactile sensation on the tongue) perceive it easily. It's a bit like television, where you could perceive the difference in image between the cathode ray tube (sustainable culture), HD (organic), and 4K (biodynamics). Thanks to the successful experience since 2008 on natural vinification controlled even in the absence of sulphites, Isabelle and Franck have learned a great lesson from the right attitude to have to accompany the living. Today, the couple is devoting themselves to another evolution of the estate to go even further in the expression of wines than what they had succeeded in doing through biodynamics. Everything started in 2012... and you will see that a difficult situation can lead to a gift for the world, the important thing being to go through the "black" situation and reach the "light". In 2012, Franck was no longer in agreement with treating his vines. The wettest year of his career required so much copper to protect the vine that the necessary doses could have been toxic to the soil. He chose to preserve the quality of his soils knowing that the vine was able to produce new grapes the following year. That year, some plots lost 80% of their harvest... This experience has been beneficial in the sense that: - the vines worked with horses were much more resistant than those worked with tractors - there was a need to secure biodynamics, which had become insufficient in this rapidly changing world From 2013, Isabelle and Franck applied the therapeutic methods they reserved only for human beings and winemaking to their vineyard. From a bluffing experience to a bluffing experience, they conducted a test in 2015 at Baslieux-sous-Chatillon for the entire season. The objective was to maintain the vitality of the vine at its maximum to see what impact this would have on its health. Having received zero spraying, the foliage and bunches were healthy in this trial while several plots had powdery mildew in the village. Driven by the truth about Life, Isabelle and Franck go above and beyond to create extraordinary wines of pleasure and quality, and are happy to bring you new sensations.
For me, being a winegrower is like being a father. When a child is born, you don't know his or her potential or dreams. Our dreams choose us, we don't choose our dreams. For me, the role of a father is to accompany the child so that he connects to what makes him vibrate, to what animates him, to his hidden gift or talent. Why? Why? So that he can unveil it, develop it and put it at the service of all.
For the vine and the wine, it's the same. My role is to accompany the living so that they do what they know how to do best. This is totally unknown to me. My role is to learn to find the right attitude between distance and presence, between letting go and intervention, for life gives the best to the service of man. And the more I give the best of myself for life, the more life rewards me for my involvement.
On the vine, the best thing I could do until 2012 was biodynamics. The common point between biodynamics and homeopathy is dynamisation. Dynamization fixes information. When you take homeopathy granules, the body has a biological response. It means that living beings understand information. With biodynamics, it is a series of information that is simultaneously transmitted to the life of the soil and plants, or even to insects... Biodynamic preparation causes behavioural changes by activating the cellular receptors of soil fungi, bacteria, microorganisms, and also plant cells. Biodynamic preparation gives a common direction to the whole life of the place and acts as a conductor. As a result, the quality of the grapes increases.
Our attitude is the same for wine: I don't know what can be done for indigenous yeasts. So I simply connect to their potential. I do not impose anything, I accompany the potential. Until 2005 I thought the winegrower was making the wine. I was mistaken. It is the life present in the wine that shapes it day after day. My role is to connect life to its full potential. This is why we eliminate all substances that can inhibit this potential: 0 inputs, no sulphite during fermentation; and above all, all the rows along our neighbours (potentially contaminated by pesticides) are sold to the trade.
What transports me to the world of wine is that, with the right approach, it is possible today to consider returning to a healthy viticulture, without treatment, where man gives the best of himself in the service of Life. After all, Dom Pérignon worked with the hair, without treatment on the vineyard, and the vinification was natural. We can reconnect to these wines that have made the influence and success of Champagne...