“This Vertus domaine numbers among my favorite addresses on the Côte de Blancs, and the Doyard family’s vinous, incisive Champagnes deserve a place in any well-stocked cellar. Deep, concentrated and characterful, everything that bears the Doyard label is well worth serious attention.”
-William Kelley, Wine Advocate
The Doyard family traces their roots in Champagne back to the 17th century. Maurice Doyard, was the first in the family to make wine in Vertus, officially signifying the domaine’s foundation. In 1979, Yannick Doyard took over the domaine, turning it into a beacon for precise, mineral-etched Champagne. Today, Yannick’s son Guiillaume is at the helm, farming 10 ha of vineyards in Vertus and the Grand Cru villages of Le Mesnil, Cramant, Oger, Avize and Aÿ. The viticultural philosophy employed by the domaine is a ‘non-dogmatic’ approach to biodynamic farming with absolutely no herbicides or pesticides used. Most of the vineyards are worked by horse and yields are intentionally kept low, adding to the focused intensity that defines the house style. In the cellar, state of the art double banked Coquard PAI presses are employed and every parcel is vinified separately. All of the wines undergo very long lees aging — a minimum of 48 months on all cuvées, lending a vinous quality to the wines that have become the envy of Vertus. Every single decision made in the vineyard and cellar are geared toward making the most expressive, terroir focused Champagne possible.