“This is one of the top estates in the Côte des Blancs today.” –Peter Liem, Champagneguide.net
- Core vineyards are Le Mesnil-sur-Oger Chardonnay
- Also prime holdings in Avize, Oger, Vertus and Villeneuve
- Old vines – average is 45 years
- Harvest balanced and ripe grapes
- Generally lower dosage
- Intense and tensile wines
In the heart of the chalk wonderland of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Didier Vergnon and his son Clément are the 4th and 5th generations to lead this small 5 hectare estate. Founded in 1950, it was in 1985 that Jean-Louis Vergnon first began producing estate-bottled wine from some of their choice sites, including multiple Grand Cru parcels in and next to the legendary Les Chétillons. Since Jean-Louis took over, he pushed to harvest only balanced and ripe grapes, with up to 11 degrees of natural potential alcohol or more. This allowed the family to completely eliminate chaptalization, block malolactic fermentation, and use a generally very low dosage across the range. Tasting through the remarkable range of Didier and Clément’s wines, there exists the classic virile qualities of Le Mesnil that has made this village so famous and lauded around the world. The current releases are truly brilliant and the future is truly bright.