Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, Étienne Calsac
In 2010, at the age of 26, Etienne decided to take control of his grandparents’ 2.8 hectares of vineyards scattered in and around Avize, which had previously been sold off to the grandes maisons. Stewardship of the terroir is the basis for great Champagne, so Etienne set out to ensure that all the vineyards (all the vines are at least 30 years old) are planted with grass cover crops, plowed (mostly by horse), and farmed following lutte raisonnée methods (they are farming organically since 2013 but aren’t certified). All bottles are aged on the lees for 36 months, and an additional 3 months is given after disgorgement before the wines are released. 100% Chardonnay mainly from 1er cru vineyards in the Côte des Blancs, Grauves with North and Northwest exposure.