Forgotten Grapes

Since 1956, the great specificity of our house has been the presence of ancient grape varieties that had practically disappeared from our vineyards.
Alongside the traditional grape varieties, we are proud to cultivate with attention, and for more than 30 years, the Arbane, the Petit Meslier and the Pinot Gris.

Six grape varieties.

Yesteryear's Grapes

Arbane

It is a white grape variety very recognizable by the shape of its leaves, as well as the morphology of its clusters, very airy. These specificities make it a grape variety less susceptible to diseases. Its very low yield is the main cause of its disappearance.

It is originally a grape from the Aube area. It produces a dry, delicate wine, with good aging skills. It brings a fine fruity touch to wine blends .

Grappe Arbane
Feuille Arbane
Aromas

Hawthorn, carnations, vine peaches, apple, quince, mineral notes.

In our cuvées

Petit Meslier

Of yester’s years grape varieties, it is the most present on our vineyards. It was formerly cultivated in the Marne valley and up to Franche-Comté. It is a white grape whose origin in Champagne is Venteuil our village. Its low yields and the difficulty in growing this grape explain why it has gradually disappeared from Champagne.
It brings citrus notes to the Champagnes and gives liveliness and freshness to the blends it is part of.

Petit Meslier - Grappes
Petit Meslier - Feuille
Aromas

Honey and pastries, floral notes, acacia, almonds and citrus.

In our cuvées

Pinot Gris

A rare grape in Champagne, which was also called Fromenteau in our region. As its name suggests, it is neither a white grape nor a black one, which makes it so unique.
Wines made from this grape variety are characterized by a very marked fruitiness combined with a light power. Like the other old grape varieties, its yield is the main cause of its disappearance. In addition, it produces a lot of wood and requires special pruning.

Pinot Gris (grappe)
Pinot gris - Feuille
Arômes

Apricot, smoked wood, cinnamon, chanterelles, honeysuckle, spices, white fruits, hazelnuts.

In our cuvées
Traditional Grapes

Pinot Noir

It is believed that this grape was already cultivated by the Gauls at the time of Roman conquests! It thrives on calcareous soils but is sensitive to cold and humidity. Its grapes are bluish black or dark purple, the pulp is white. Grapes resemble a pine cone, hence the name Pinot. It brings its structure to champagne, thanks to its power, its roundness and its peppery and fruity nuances.

Aromas

Candied and stewed fruit (strawberry, peach), undergrowth, spices (cloves, pepper, cinnamon).

In our cuvées

Chardonnay

This grape variety is mainly present in Champagne and Burgundy. Its grapes are yellow and amber in the sun. It produces a wine of great finesse, with strong aromatic power and brings freshness and length to the champagne. The particularity of Chardonnay comes from its liveliness during the attack on the palate. As it ages it will settle down and become more complex, rounder.

Chardonnay - Feuilles
Arômes

Almonds & toasted hazelnuts, toasted bread, white peach, pear, candied orange, undergrowth, acacia.

In our cuvées

Pinot Meunier

Pinot Meunier brings round wines with a delicious fruitiness. This grape variety has the distinction of evolving a little faster over time. Pinot Meunier is a late-budding grape, which is a great advantage in case of spring frosts and when the plants are exposed to the North. It is called Pinot Meunier because its white hairs are reminiscent of flour (‘Meunier’ meaning ‘Miller’ in english language!).

Pinot Meunier - Feuilles
Arômes

Raspberry, prune, pippin apple, apricot, currant, smoke.

In our cuvées

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our cuvées

Cuvée Grain de Folie | Champagne Jean-Francois Launay
GRAIN DE FOLIE (Blanc de blancs)
Cuvée de Réserve
RÉSERVE (6 grape varieties)
Cuvée Les Créateurs | Champagne Jean-François Launay
LES CREATEURS (Blanc de Noirs)
Cuvée Rosé | Champagne Jean-François Launay
ROSÉ (Pinot noir)
Cuvée Millésime | Champagne Jean-François Launay
MILLÉSIME (2015)
Ratafia Champenois | Champagne Jean-François Launay
RATAFIA (Traditional aperitif)
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