Blend: 55% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir; 15% Chardonnay
Age of the vines : 25 year old
Winemaking: 12 months in foudres
Bottling: July 2017
Aging: 30 months on the lees, in bottle
Disgorgement: March 2020
Dosage: 4 g/L
The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel. Aged for 3 years on the lees in the bottles. Disgorged with 4 g/L in April 2018.
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot is a boutique, organic grower based in Vrigny, a Premier Cru village situated in Montagne de Reims. The Lelarge family has been making wine since 1789 and Champagne since 1930. Today the estate is headed up by seventh generation Dominique Lelarge, along with his wife Dominique Pugeot and their children. They believe in letting the grapes thrive as naturally as possible in order to express the pure essence of terroir. Biodynamic principles are practiced in the vineyard and they were certified organic in 2013.
# A progressive turn to organic farming then a commitment to biodynamie.
## Our work is the work of vigneron. We “work” the vines. Everything starts in the vineyard. It is important for us to respect what nature handed us.
In 1985, Dominique Lelarge took over his family estate and decided to go towards a more sustainable farming approach. The realization of how dangerous the use of pesticide is to nature and mankind was a wake-up call. This started his commitment to reducing the use of any chemical product in the vineyard.
“Life is a gift from Nature”, Dominique keeps introducing new methods in the vineyard in order to create a natural balance between the environment, the vineyard and terroir.
## FROM THE PRODUCER:
## Vines are living beings. Like the human body, they can naturally fight diseases themselves.
By 2000, Dominique decided to stop the use of insecticides in order to reestablish the natural cycle of predatory wildlife in his vineyard such as ladybugs and lacewing larvae regulating spiders and caterpillars.
Following this decision, he dramatically reduced the use of fungicides and herbicides, and started growing grass between the vines for cover crop and to experiment new techniques in ploughing.
As time moved forward, research, common sense, a genuine concern for the next generations and a desire to let nature take its course, pushed the winery to seek the European ORGANIC farming certification with ECOCERT. Dominique uses trace elements, sulfur and copper to fight diseases. A horse ploughs parcels in order to avoid compaction. We practice the green harvest with all of the work taking place in the vineyard done meticulously and methodically.
Because of this extraordinary effort, all of the Champagne and wines out of the 2015 harvest will be 100% certified organic.
This commitment to sustainable agriculture led us to learn and discover more bout organic farming. We attended a variety of classes by agrobiologists like Claude Bourguignon, a specialist in soil microbiology; Dominique Massenot, who develops the Herody method to nurture the plant; Pierre Masson for the biodynamic principles and even Eric Petiot for aromatherapy which uses of essential oils and plants to protect vines against disease. We have also started experimenting with some of our parcels in coordination with students from the Chamber of Commerce and the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC).
## “Healthy grapes will produce a quality wine”; especially when you are trying to achieve natural and authentic wines.
## A commitment to biodynamie
“We do not make wine, we farm the vines, meticulously look at every single step of the wine growing to produce the most natural champagne expressing the taste of terroir.
Biodynamie appeared to us as a necessity. A necessity to make terroir driven wines. We are trying to achieve a connection between the vines and the earth, the solar/lunar forces in order to have the roots dig as deep as they can.
We began initial trails in biodynamics in 2014 and are now certified by DEMETER.