Champagne AugustinAll products from this vendor
The Augustin champagne house continues to operate in 2 winegrower families, which number 4 generations on the father's side and 5 generations on the mother's side. Andre LEFEVRE, Mark's great-grandmother, began manipulations in the early 20th century, which was almost exclusively a big house business. She got rid of the trade, preserved and transformed her crop, which was a risky adventure for the woman. At that time, the winegrowers survived thanks to the potatoes planted between their rows of vines and some poultry from their farm. It was not until the 1960s that manipulation of winegrowers really developed ... Jean Augustine, Mark's father, never used herbicides, "traps", "city plots" or other contaminants on his plots of land. He gave up chemistry, which in the 1970s and 1980s seemed like a new solution and full of great promises for the future.
ChardonnayAll products from this varietal
Fresh chardonnay shows bright fruity profile and strong body. Chardonnay wines usually have expressed aromatic complexity and usually it happens due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak promote notes of vanilla, smoke and hints of spices) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Also, this variety can develop cream, yeast and brioche bread notes. Because of this high level of winemaker influence, Chardonnay has become famous as the "winemaker's wine".
The Champagne region combines specific climate, soil and topography conditions that form a unique terroir which is currently used by approx. 15 000 vine-growers and 300 wine houses. The region consists of 4 sub-regions - Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Bar. Each provides customers with a different style of sparkling wine. The dominant grapes are Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier that are mainly used in Montagne de Reims and Vallée de la Marne, while Chardonnay shows excellent results in Côte des Blancs. The region is even more appealing because of the so called "Growe's Champagne" wines, the production of which is overseen by one family from start to finish - they grow and press grapes, make wine and bottle it in the territory of one wine house. This gives the wine a true charm, aura and unique flavour.