Coming from a long line of Champagne winemakers, Alexandre Lamblot decided in 2013 to become independent and create his own Champagne House to affirm his philosophy of creating wines as...Lire la suite
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Coming from a long line of Champagne winemakers, Alexandre Lamblot decided in 2013 to become independent and create his own Champagne House to affirm his philosophy of creating wines as naturally as possible. After a career as a Caviste and then Department Manager at Métro in Paris, Alexandre Lamblot has now settled in Janvry on the Montagne de Reims, taking over 4 hectares of vines from the family Domaine.
Geographical location of the Domaine
The vineyard is very fragmented, covering the communes of Vrigny, Gueux, Janvry and Chenay, with each parcel no larger than 70 ares, earning Alexandre Lamblot the nickname of "gardener-winemaker". The vineyard is planted predominantly with Pinot Meunier, which accounts for 60% of the vines, followed by Pinot Noir with 30% and then 10% Chardonnay. The vines are around forty years old, producing grapes with good balance. Alexandre Lamblot's credo is organic viticulture, biodynamics and respect for biodiversity. In the vineyard, work in the vines follows the lunar calendar. The soil is grassed and must not be compacted by heavy machinery or by working on soggy ground. The winegrower seeks to reinforce the vines' natural defenses with herbal teas and decoctions made from various plants. No trimming, but braiding to avoid unnecessary stress to the plants. Sometimes, in the event of an attack of powdery mildew, Alexandre even recuperates milk from a local cheese factory as a treatment. The headlands, hedges and fruit trees are replanted with a view to agroforestry and the protection of biodiversity. Each parcel of land is vinified individually, a bit of an exception to the Champagne method, which usually favors blending. Fermentation is carried out using indigenous yeasts. Even the packaging is not left out: local corks, ink-free wirehoods, recycled paper labels, 100% recyclable cardboard boxes..
With Alexandre Lamblot, a new generation takes the helm at Maison de Champagne, carrying with them deeply-rooted environmental and circuit-court values.