We work with the greatest possible respect for the vine to obtain an impeccable quality and to offer our champagnes not only the greatest but also the most preserved origins.
Since 2014, the Vranken-Pommery Monopole Group has had the double label of “Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne” and “High Environmental Value”. These labels testify to the many years of work invested to lead the Maison towards sustainable viticulture which secures today an extremely reduced use of products to protect the vine compensated in day to day work by the utilisation of new methods like the biological control of insect pests.
The largest part of our vineyards is made up of parcels classified as premiers and grands crus, acquired and combined over time. This precious heritage is headed by a director of vineyards who tracks together with his teams the cycle of the vine throughout the year and hence to ensure that it produces the most beautiful grapes.
La sélection massale
D’une manière générale, chaque vigneron tente de sélectionner des plants “ idéaux ”. Un plant idéal est d’abord un plant qui donnera toute satisfaction sur un plan sanitaire en produisant des raisins beaux et sains. C’est ensuite un plant qui apportera un grand plaisir gustatif. Le terme consacré pour cette opération est la sélection massale. Elle consiste à repérer les pieds portant les meilleurs fruits, à les prendre et à les replanter.
The method has still been improved with the objective of a better health protection: that’s clonal selection.
In 1960 the Champagne wine growers created a vine stock observatory on a terroir without a winegrowing history and hence without viruses. A collection of healthy and high-quality varieties has been elaborated based on the scientific and permanent analysis of the evolution of thousands of references sampled from the vineyard and planted at the beginning of the research.
When replanting a parcel or replacing a dead vine stock, we select the best clones to produce the best quality. We also use certain massal selections. We have, for instance, selected Pinot Noirs called “straggly bunches” with our nursery consultant. The objective is to constitute a network of parcels of Pinot Noir to elaborate our red wines of tomorrow.
The “Pompadour” selection
In parallel, we have launched an ambitious programme for “massal selection” concerning our Chardonnay of the Clos Pompadour. Convinced that the origin of the exceptional quality of this cuvée comes both from the terroir and the vine stocks which are planted there, we have selected around 15 particularly interesting individual vines which we have started to replant. This is a long and tedious programme, but essential to preserve our heritage.
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