J. DE TELMONT It’s always been the House’s main concern to only declare a Vintage for those years when The harvest is exceptional, when the sugar-acid balance is offering a perfect maturity to the grapes. Throughout 4 generations, the vintages of J. de Telmont have always been extraordinary long-cellaring wines.
With a profound respect for our traditions, hundred years old now, the Collection Heritage consists of several Champagnes from different exceptional years. Champagnes from our Collection Heritage are elaborated with 100% Pinot Meunier grape variety.
They are the Silent witnesses of our past and our “savoir-faire”, passed on from generation to generation. For years, these cuvees from another century have preciously been kept on their lees in deepest cellars.
Thanks to this perfect conditions and precise aging method, the Vintages are given a second life today, creating a confusing sensory experience. In them, we discover predominantly freshness, power and an amazing balance. They are one by one unique pieces that counteract against the prejudice about Pinot Meunier and prove that this grape variety is also suitable to make great long-cellaring Champagnes. With these rare cuvees, Champagne House J. de Telmont invites you to step into another universe.
In 1927, Hachod Fringhian, Charlotte Morgain Le Gallais’ predecessor, bought the Domain of Boursault, formerly owned by Madame Veuve Cliquot. She built the Boursault Castle in 1843 and her great-grand-daughter, Uzès Duchess, sold the domain in 1913.
After 5 generations, Charlotte still runs a part of the domain: 7 plots with their own particularities, in the familial clos, overlooking the Marne Valley.
Press, cellars and winery are located in the clos too, only few hundred meters away. It guarantees a great fruit freshness when it comes to be pressed and transformed. Le Gallais domain is located in the Boursault village, few kilometers from Epernay, in the heart of the Marne valley.
THE MOËT & CHANDON CELLARS
To walk through the wine cellars in Epernay is to enter the very heart of Moët & Chandon. Located 10 to 30-meters under the chalky soil, Moët & Chandon’s cellars are the largest within the Champagne region, spanning 28km (aprox 17.4 miles).
In this legendary subterranean labyrinth, the forces of nature have come together to create a uniquely ideal setting for the metamorphosis of choice fruit into the House’s luxurious wine.
Select grapes undergo their transformation into champagne in conditions where temperature and humidity levels are constant and unchanging.
Dating back to the 4th century and the Gallo-Roman era, these crayères, or “chalk pits,” were carved out for the purpose of extracting blocks of chalk – before becoming, 900 years later, the cellars of the Saint Nicaise Abbey.
The chalk pits were joined by a network of corridors connecting the cellars, crypts and vaults to separate the champagnes with which the Benedictine monks traded. Destroyed during the French Revolution, the Abbey today exists only underground.
The cellars have been listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.