A PLANET-FRIENDLY CULTURE
Champagne Legret & Fils winery has extending the concept of respect of environment to :
– sustainable viticulture : Terra Vitis environmental certification since 2017 and organic conversion since 2018, whereas, in the Champagne region, only 2.5% of the cultivated area is organic certified (Comité Champagne 2018) ;
– development of biodiversity and preservation of the ecosystem : Vegan viticulture (plant based composts, no use of the animal workforce, mineral and plant based biodynamic treatments …) ;
– people: The winery adapted a corporate social responsibility (CSR) approach.
In 2020, the team Legret & Fils launched a vitiforest project. Indeed, several varieties of trees and shrubs of local species have been planted as hedges or inside the “heart” of the vines. Thus, this association between forestry plantations and viticulture aims at :
-Promoting the development of biodiversity in the plots (sustainable come back of certain species of insects, birds, invertebrates and micromammals) ;
-Restoring the nature of the soil, by oxygenating it, enriching it and promoting mychorrhiza symbiosis thanks to the root system of trees and the deposition of their organic matter ;
-Protecting the vines against climatic aggressions (frost, lack of water, high temperatures …) always thanks to the roots and foliage of the trees.
Our estate is located on the slopes of the Valley of the Petit Morin and those of the Sézannais, covering 5 hectares and touching 4 villages.
Talus-Saint-Prix and Oyes with their hillsides facing south and clayey-silty soils reveal the expression of black grapes.
Sézanne and Barbonne Fayel with its light soils and limestone subsoils offer excellence to Chardonnay.
The balance of grape varieties in the vineyards (40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Meunier) enables a wide range of flavours that can be found in our wines.
After hand-picking the grapes and gently pressing them, the wine unfolds as naturally as possible, the first fermentation is maded in stainless steel tanks and small wooden casks where the clear wines then rest.
The development of blends, the ‘tirage’ (bottling), the second fermentation, the aging on lees, riddling, disgorging and are all given our greatest attention.
After harvesting the grapes, 4-6 years are needed to discover the effervescence and all the flavours in the heart of your Champagne glasses.
As far as our champagnes are vegan certified, we also excluded the use of any animal derived products for the fining process (clarification and filtration).