Our domain opens his gate in le Mesnil-sur-Oger. In the heart of Côte des Blancs, this village has provided to our vineyard a unique environment we try to convey through our Champagnes. From the vine to wine, our history is being written through the seasons.
For five generation, nearly two centuries, the house that shelters today the Champagne JL Vergnon is owned by our family. It belong before the Maison Reglault frères, retailers in wine and alcohol. During the next century, Jean-Louis inherited from his parents.
In 1950, he recreated his vineyards on the slopes of Côte des Blancs, in le Mesnil sur Oger. First cooperator, he decided few years after to make his own wines, pure chardonnay, with passion for the work from grapes to wine. His motto : make exceptional grapes to make exceptional wines.
Our domain extends over several terroirs to offer singular and typical cuvees. We take care of each parcel to select the best combination of our vineyard. Mono-cru, single plot, blend…
The majority of our vines are planted in the terroir of le Mesnil sur Oger, classified Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs. Well-know for his vineyard excellence, this village only hosts grapes of Chardonnay, what confers to his wines delicacy and elegance. We also benefit of vineyard in terroirs of Oger and Avize, Grands Crus of Côte des Blancs.
To complete our domain, a part of the vines are planted in the terroirs of surrounding villages, Vertus and Villeneuve, Premier Cru.
In JL Vergnon, we only grow vines of Chardonnay, blending more of 20 parcels. Planted in majority with old vines of over 30 years on average, various exposure in order to reach this evenness in our Champagnes.
During the harvest, only hand-picked, we press our grapes the same day in a traditional and vertical wine press. After settling the must, the different most are distributed among our stainless-steel tanks and oak barrels.
It is from this moment and after a long period of care and patience in our vat room, that we will go on with a second fermentation in bottles and leave them ageing in our cellars, for a minimum of 3 years.
Then, our wines are disgorged. A minimum addition of liquor (dosage), between 0 for Brut Nature and 5 g./l for our Brut Champagnes, endows this true expression of our typical terroir, with this vivacity and nerve combined with unique fineness of Chardonnay.
Our bottles will have to wait for few more months in the coolness of our cellars before being labelled, ready to be shipped.