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Etienne’s family has always lived from grapes, and the fruit from most of the family’s parcels is still pressed at Veuve Clicquot, but since 2010, they have been making their own champagne from four hectares. In addition to a few rare varieties, almost exclusively Chardonnay grows on the family plots – the most cherished of all is a 0.15-hectare plot, Clos des Maladries, which was planted by Etienne’s grandfather. The ‘clos’ is a parcel surrounded by a wall and is mostly typical of Champagne, however, there are barely 30 recorded throughout the wine region. One of these is Clos des Maladries in Avize, which a 0.15-hectare Chardonnay plot with 40-year-old vines. The narrow rows are ploughed by horses, the cultivation has been organic from the beginning, and the grandparents still keep an eye on this vineyard, as it is also the back garden of their house.
It was processed in the traditional way, together, without the two press fractions being separated. 35% of the fermentation happened in barrels, the rest in tanks, followed by seven months of ageing until bottling. It was disgorged in 2019 January, with zero dosage.