In the immense production of Champagne, a few dozen winegrowers stand out, thos who defend the idea of a real wine, and seek the expression of a distinctive terroir in each of the regions that make up the region. Estates on a human scale, with respectful farming of the soil and the vine, and natural vinifications: the Bourgeois-Diaz house is an example of this qualitative approach.
At the western tip of the Marne Valley vineyard, on the right bank, Crouttes-sur-Marne and the surrounding villages offer a favorable terroir for Pinot Meunier. The family estate taken over in 2000 by Jérôme Bourgeois-Diaz – now assisted by his wife Charlotte – comprises around thirty plots on the clay-limestone hillsides surrounding Crouttes, 7 ha dominated by Pinot Meunier (55%), accompanied by Pinot Noir (25%) and Chardonnay (20%). Gradually the viticulture evolved towards organic and then biodynamic (certification in 2014): uncompromising work, which yields healthy and ripe grapes harvested with great care, vinified by plot and by grape variety. Alcoholic and malolactic fermentations are carried out in a natural way, the containers vary on a case-by-case basis (vats, barrels, 'eggs', jars and amphoras), racking is carried out for 2 to 5 years depending on the cuvée. A very rigorous approach that is nonetheless open to trials and experiments, which draws pure, frank and fresh wines with a well-characterized minerality.
Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz wines
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