|Producer||Champagne Oudiette x Filles|
Champagne Oudiette x Filles is an emerging story of the next generation of Champagne growers…
who play an integral part in the region’s changing landscape. Champagne is evolving dramatically. We have been following and are inspired by the work being done by progressive growers at the village level – the families who form the backbone of the region. Oudiette x Filles is the realization of a dream of third-generation vigneronne Margot Laurent with the support of her sister Charlotte and their mother, Florence. Historically, Champagne is a wine region built on the talent, resilience, and resourcefulness of women. Oudiette x Filles is a celebration of that legacy, inspired by the example of their trailblazing grandmother, Arlette.
Margot’s project is a micro-winery focused on the absolute expression of her terroir through singular vineyards, vintages, grape varieties, and wines without manipulation or additions. Margot works her vineyards intuitively, by hand, and without insecticides or herbicides. She is working towards her organic certification and is currently certified Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Level 3. The farming for each of her nine plots is custom-tailored to each individual terroir and different cover crops are used in each plot to encourage soil health and biodiversity. Her philosophy is absolute respect for the personality of each plot and the resulting cuvée. She adapts her practices to the demands each vintage brings: plowing, controlled natural grassing, and plant cover. Margot waits for the optimum degree of ripeness before harvest, as she does not use chaptalization and uses the least amount of intervention possible. Like a fine tailor making bespoke garments, Margot’s cuvées are truly one-of-a-kind.
Wine Notes: Oudiette x Filles is the realization of a dream of third-generation vigneronne Margot Laurent, with the support of her sister Charlotte and mother, Florence. Historically, Champagne is a wine region built on the talent, resilience, and resourcefulness of women. Oudiette x Filles is a celebration of that legacy, inspired by the example of their grandmother. Margot’s project is a micro-winery focused on absolute expression of her terroir through singular vineyards, vintages, grape varieties, and wines without manipulation or additions.
Vinification – Manually harvested grapes were taken to a state-of-the-art press house located just five minutes from her vineyards, where they are pressed in a Coquard press with an inclined plate (the latest generation of Coquard). Only the heart, or the coeur de cuvée, of the first pressing is utilized. Primary fermentation occurs in used (5-7 years) 228L oak barrels, without fining, filtration, or cold stabilization. Malolactic fermentation is natural and spontaneous. Wines are naturally stabilized and aged for ten months in oak barrels and aged a minimum of 36 months in bottle.
Villages: Beaunay in the Val du Petit Morin
Parcels: Bas Vigny – Gourdaines
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Vine Age: Over 35 years old
Soil: Clay, with a chalky subsoil
Vinification: Pressing in Coquard basket press, alcoholic fermentation in used 228L Burgundy barrels, ten months aging in barrel
Malolactic Fermentation: Spontaneous
Secondary Fermentation: Méthode Champenoise with liqueur de tirage from concentrated musts from her vineyards
Aging: 36 months on the lees sur lattes
Dosage: 2 g/L from concentrated grape must from her vineyards
Filtration, Fining, Cold-stabilization: None
Farming: Practicing Organic, Certified Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Level 3
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