Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot (Champagne)
The Lelarge family has been growing grapes in Champagne since the 18th Century and for 7 generations. This 8.7 hectare estate is located in the village of Vrigny just outside of Reims. Their vineyards are on the Montagne de Reims, and, more particularly, the Petite Montagne de Reims.
In 1987, Dominique Lelarge, who married another Dominique from Burgundy, Dominique Pugeot, took over the estate, which then became Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot. SInce 1987, the Lelarge Family has been moving in the direction of organic farming and natural wine-making, encouraging life in the vineyards and seeking to make wine that speak of their terroir.
In 2010, they made their first organic cuvee, Les Meuniers de Clémence, and in 2012 they completed their first 100% organic harvest. They also began introducing biodynamic treatments in the vineyards to encourage even more life and to limit the need for copper and sulfur. In the winery, they have begun experimenting with no-sulfer fermentation and natural wine-making.
The vineyards are planted at 8300 vines per hectare and are composed of 60% Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. They typically age their wines in bottle at least 2 years longer than is required by law (sometimes 5 years longer on vintage wines) to achieve more complexity and more depth in the wines.