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Yann Vadin is the 9th generation to grow grape on his family’s seven hectares of vineyards centered around the terroirs of five neighboring villages - Ay, Damery, Champillon, Hautvillers, and the family’s hometown Cumières, where the winery is located. Yann always envisioned taking over the family domaine. After training in the lycée viticole in Avize, and work experience in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Australia, he returned to the domaine in 2012.
Immediately, he began the conversion to organic viticulture, encouraged by a father who had stopped using herbicides twenty years prior, and who also had the good sense to allow his son free reign in the winemaking process from the first harvest. Yann crafts wines that are both typical of Champagne and highly personal. His first cuvée, aptly named Renaissance, was a 100% Pinot Meunier, the emblematic grape of Cumières. The following year, Yann asked his father, grandfather, and himself to each select their favorite terroir at the domaine. Fortunately, they chose three different parcels, and from these favorite spots they selected three different grape varieties, each planted with a different grape variety.
In addition to the two nonvintage cuvées Renaissance and Intuition, Yann also produces a range of single vintage parcellaire wines which reflect the different terroirs of the domaine. These are always vintage dated and disgorged with no dosage. The cuvées from Cumières and Hautvillers were released first in 2018, followed by a grand cru in Avize from vines owned by Yann’s retired uncle.
In every bottle you’ll find Champagnes that are dynamic, precise, and harmonious, and an exciting evolution for both the Vadin family and the village of Cumières.
Champagne Vadin-Plateau “Bois des Jots” Premier Cru
Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Champagne Vadin-Plateau “Intuition” Premier Cru Extra-Brut
Varietals: 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier
Chardonnay: from lieu-dit “Jean le Large” (literally, John the wide), in the village of Hautvilliers. Chalk soils terroir, average vines planted in 1984. Pinot Noir: Primarily from lieu-dit “Bois des Jots” in the village of Cumières. Clay-limestone soils. Average vines planted in 1984. Pinot Meunier: from lieu-dit “Les Républiques” and “Terres des Moines”, in the village of Champillon. Clay-silt soils. Average vines planted in 1984. No malolactic fermentation; sulfured at press; to limit sulfur thereafter, wines are kept at 5°-6° to block malolactic fermentation.
Champagne Vadin-Plateau “Carac’terre” Premier Cru
Varietals: 70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay
Premier Cru - Hautvillers. Singular vineyards “Basses Montecuelle” and “Les Terres Jean Lelarge”. Organic viticulture, fermentation with native yeasts, malolactic fermentation done.
Champagne Vadin-Plateau “Renaissance” Premier Cru Extra-Brut
Varietals: 100% Pinot Meunier
From 7 different parcels, including: “Terre des Moines”, “Nordfontaine”, “Les Républiques”. Exposed South-East, Sand-Silt Soils. On average, vines planted around 1979. No malolactic fermentation; sulfured at press; to limit sulfur usage thereafter, wines are kept at 5°-6° to block malolactic fermentation.