Lelarge-Pugeot is an eighth-generation winery in Vrigny, on the rolling slopes of the Montagne de Reims (about 15 minutes west of Reims). It is a real family operation, helmed by the two parents, Dominique and Dominique, and supported by their kids, one of whom is our good friend Clémence.
The family’s vineyards, which are planted mostly with Pinot Meunier, face northward, offering some protection rom the effects of global warming, though Clémence is quick to note that they can now make red wines for the first time in the history of Champagne.
Certified organic since 2014 and biodynamic since 2017, the wines of Lelarge-Pugeot are bright and full of pizzazz, and the family is producing some electric juice—including Nature et Non Dosé, their no sulfur/no dosage cuvée. Truly remarkable fizz all around; Prince Charles would agree.
Current and Upcoming Releases:
Bises NV (d. 11/18) (*new release)