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.
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Tradition
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Rosé
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Blanc de Blancs
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Rosé de Saignée
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Les Meuniers de Clémence
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Charmes de Vrigny
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Nature et Non Dosé
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Blanc de Meuniers
Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot 2006 Quintessence
From the Brigitte Bardot of Corbières and her endearing husband come the wines of Fond Cyprès, a soulful lineup of Carignan, Syrah, Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Viognier, and blends thereof.
The couple, Laetitia Ourliac and Rodolphe Gianesini, is intent on producing wines that express their sultry slice of the Languedoc—specifically, Escales, in the northernmost part of the Corbières AOC. Their domaine begins at the end of a road lined with Cypress trees and extends in either direction across 15 ha of lush vegetation and a secret garden grove of olives, tomatoes, eggplants, and wild herbs.
We first met Laetitia and Rodolphe in the deep, damp recesses of Cave Ackerman on a February afternoon in the Loire, and even then their wines were singing. But when we pulled up to their home the following August and were greeted by bowls of freshly grilled palourdes, mussels, garlic, and parsley cooked in the juice we were about to drink, we understood their wines had made it feel like summer all along.
Cyprès de Toi Rouge 2017
Cyprès de Toi Blanc 2017
Le Corbières 2016
Le Carignan de la Source 2016
Le Grenache du Bois Saint Jaume 2016
La Syrah de la Pinède 2016