We keep the best grapes ourselves
We are Marie and Xavier Lallement, and after several years away from home we are now back as the fifth generation running the family vineyard here in the Montagne de Reims in the heart of Champagne.
Since the beginning of the 20th century, our family has grown grapes. We supply grapes through our local Cooperative to some of the big champagne houses such as Taittinger, Moët et Chandon and Bollinger, but we keep the best ones for our own wines.
We operate on approximately 5 hectares of Premier Cru fields in the villages of Coulommes-la-Montagne, Pargny-lès-Reims, Saint Euphraise and Gueux a few kilometers west of Reims.
Home to the family vineyard
After several years in other industries as an engineer and financial advisor, in 2015 we both decided to return home to the Montagne de Reims to take over the helm of Xavier's family winery.
Our main grape variety is Pinot Meunier. This rustic grape is particularly suitable for our clayey and sandy soil. The wines it produces are more rounded and fruitier, and they develop a little faster with time. Pinot Meunier stands for providing fullness to the blend with other varieties.
In addition, we also have plots with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir brings depth and complexity to the blend, while Chardonnay delivers acidity and freshness.
Our own wine from our own fields
We are a so-called Récoltant Co-opérateur (RC), which means that as a member of a cooperative just like the Big Champagne Houses, we are blending and selecting grapes from other vineyards.
The next plan is to isolate two of our most beautiful plots (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) for barrel aged wines aimed at the French gastronomy industry. We are going to be RM (Récoltant Manipulant), which means that we will use only our own grapes. For us it is the top priority, that we will vinify our own grapes separately in the shared facilities at the Cooperative.
Independent champagne grower
Today, approximately 40% of our grape production is vinified as Champagne Lallement Massonnot, but we are currently doing everything in our power to ultimately control 100% of our production.
Our goal is to be part of the independent winegrowers' associations and thus prevent the entire market from only being about bigger houses and mega-brands.
From our small vineyard, we want to contribute positively to the power balance between winegrowers and merchants, by presenting our terroir and its history to curious champagne lovers.