I am a young winegrower born in 1986 in Paris region, of parents from Marne and winegrowers' children. Throughout my childhood, I came on holiday to my grandparents' home in Baslieux sous Châtillon. I discovered nature, animals, the countryside and the Passion of Vines. I liked it so much that I chose to go and learn the culture of the vine, in the same vocational school as my grandfather. After 4 years of study, I came out of it with my CGEA professional baccalaureate. In July 2005, I joined the family business with my aunt Nathalie and my grandfather Guy. I carried out my first harvest at the age of 18.
In 2006, I joined the board of directors of the village cooperative. They all immediately gave me responsibilities. I became the second in vat room in the winemaking process. I brought in new and innovative ideas, which I had learnt during my student years.
I am also starting to change the methods of production in the vineyard, which is a source of a little discord with my ancestors. I managed to show what I could do, starting with trials in a few plots, which have now become effective on the whole estate. No more chemical weeding! Since 2015, all the plots have been weeded with natural flora. Weed-killing tillage is carried out under the rows.
Over the years, the wines have changed, I find more minerality, more fruitiness, the wines have improved. My decision to go back to the basics, to return to the roots, became a reality with the 2016 harvest. That year, when I took over the presidency of the cooperative, I wished to make a wine with more terroir. I chose the Meunier grape variety, endemic to our region, the "Vallée de la Marne", which is only found in Champagne.
Still following trials and advice from my oenologist, I started an ancestral winemaking process, owning two plots of vines over 60 years old, one of which was planted before the Second World War with plants selected by my paternal great-grandfather. These grapes are pressed in the cooperative's oldest press (1962), which is still wooden. Their vinification is carried out in oak barrels with their own yeasts and bottled according to the moon, to get the best out of them.
In 2019, the jury of the " Young Talents of Champagne " competition awarded me the Golden Grape trophy in the Blending category, thanks to the Tradition cuvée.
Many other ideas are still in my mind, they will come in the future years...