Geraldine Lacourte and Richard Desvignes are vineyard owners and Champagne producers in Ecueil on the Montagne de Reims and cultivate 8 hectares of vines. They mostly grow Pinot Noir (which is traditional for this village) but also Chardonnay vines on plots on the slopes of the village which are all classified as PREMIER CRU. This Champagne house combines both the know-how and the enthusiasm of a family-run vineyard since 9 generations have been working the vines, followed by 3 generations working the vines and making the wine.
Geraldine and Richard produce true vintners Champagnes with passion and make the most of this unique land while respecting the environment - they practice "integrated farming" methods, such as, maintaining grass cover between the vines, hand pruning to encourage full maturity of fruit and green harvesting to name a few. Since 2008 they have been using light weight bottles to reduce their carbon footprint.
Apart from their non-vintage Brut, their wines are made solely from grapes harvested in each vintage and some are matured in oak casks while others are made without malolactic fermentation. Every Champagne they produce is aged for at least 24 months and up to 8 years for their vintage Champagnes. All the bottles are still hand-riddled on traditional wooden racks. They also employ a fairly low sugar dosage to intensify the aromas in the finished Champagne.
Their objective (which I think they achieve wonderfully well) is to create Champagnes with real character, Champagnes that are perfect for impromptu aperitifs or during a more formal, celebratory gathering or festive meal. Their ultimate wish is to be able to give you a taste of luxury by offering top-quality Champagnes which, as you raise to your lips, will transform the occasion into a magic moment. In my opinion these Champagnes are beautifully executed with great purity and expression and I am very pleased to be working direct with this lovely, hard working couple who care very deeply about their territory and environment.
Check out Tim Hall's (Scala School of Wine) producer profile HERE