Dehours et Fils is a renowned Champagne producer based in the Marne Valley of the Champagne region in France. This family-owned estate has a rich history of winemaking, dating back to the late 19th century when Jules Dehours first established the vineyards.
After short studies in Avize (in Champagne) and Beaune (in Burgundy), I joined the Family estate and worked a few years with our business partners. In 1996, I took over the management of the Estate founded by my Grandfather (in 1930) and developped by my father.
In 1996, When I am in charge of the estate, together with my brother-in-law, Jean-Marc Laisné, we aim for focusing on the diversity of each plot of our vineyard. This is leading us to our first single plot cuvées, Les Genevraux and Brisefer, in 1999.
Nestled in the heart of the Marne Valley, 15km from Epernay, our whole vineyard is located on the left Bank. Our Terroir is meanly composed of clay and sand on chalky subsoil.
Our estate is meanly planted with Pinot Meunier and is spread accross 40 plots. We do not use any herbicide and we labour mecanically our soil. From the 15th of June, We let the grass grow naturally and we keep it until the end of the following winter.
We fight against deseases by using dedicated mesures such as disbudding, careful training and early leaf-stripping (on the sun exposed side).
We are extra careful on the plant selection, often coming from old vines.
We harvest at full ripeness and we sort grapes.
We vinify in small stainless steel for blended cuvées and in wooden barrels of various sizes (200-300-500 liters) for single-vineyards cuvées. We tend to respect the identity and the diversity of each « terroirs ».
We use our own selected yeast for fermentations..
We decrease the use of sulphur in our wines. Since 2014, we are experimenting zero sulphur methods.
Our juices are naturally clarified: No filtration, no fining before bottling. This is the reason why we do our bottling late in June or July.