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Especially in the entry-level price range, which is somewhat higher in this region, Lacourte-Godbillon delivers with the Terroirs d'Ecueil a prime example: filigree, straightforward and without frills. Delicate fruit with high minerality. Your Brut Nature delivers this even more consistently and completely free of make-up. With the Millesime from 2013, they offer a complex sparkling wine for great moments or classic dishes. With its intensity due to the maturity and the delicate adjustment to only 3 grams of dosage, it lives from melting, complexity and great pleasure.

Champagne is on the move

In the past, many winegrowers had long-term leases with the big wineries. Few places in the world pay a better price per kilogram of grapes than Champagne. Accordingly, most winegrowers had little need for action. Everyone was doing well. Everyone was satisfied. But the young generation was striving for more. They wanted to free themselves from the corset of the well-trodden paths and make their own wines. In the present, we can consider ourselves more than lucky that this little revolution has enriched our wine world so much. Champagne has gained in diversity and character. The styles are as diverse as they are interesting.

This widespread phenomenon in the region has also caught the attention of the Lacourte family from the Champagne estate. Lacourte-Godbillon achieved. Today, daughter Geraldine runs the winery with her husband Richard Desvignes. The couple grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on just eight hectares of vineyards in the Montagne de Reims. The two focus on the sites around their home village. Full concentration on the vineyards and their care. This means that they do not make unnecessary journeys, because quality is created in the vineyard and not in the cellar. Their wines are fermented in steel tanks and undergo only a low dosage, if any, for the second fermentation in the bottle. The style can be classified as modern, clear and precise.

Written by Marian Henß
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