Ruppert-Leroy Champagne

Bénédicte and Emmanuel Leroy

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Bénédicte Leroy’s parents were originally sheep farmers settling in Essoyes in 1975 to start a small farm on a clearing above the town. In the 1980s they learned they could plant grapes on the the land they had been renting for the sheep to graze. Little by little, they created a domaine which today is four hectares, not including the garden and small pasture they kept for their own animals. All of the grapes were sold to the local cooperative.

In 2009, when her father was about to retire, Bénédicte left her job as a physical education teacher to take over the domaine. They are working on the conversion to organic agriculture, and started making their own wines. They apply the principles of biodynamics in both the vineyard and the cellar. Their quest for the simplest winemaking has lead them toward the spirit of ‘vin nature’. Each cuvée comes from a single vintage of a single vineyard, bottled ‘brut nature’ with no dosage.


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Cuvée Martin Fontaine

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay                          Color: Sparkling

Organic. Clay-Limestone with a majority of white limestone. Elevage in barrels sur lie for 6 months, then 2 years in bottle ‘sur lattes’. Bottled brut nature. Elegant and complex wine with aromas of white pepper, white flowers, and white fruit. Notes of ripe lemon. Good tension and a straightforward and powerful first flavor, which finishes with finesse and a long beautiful minerality. 3,500 bottles produced

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Cuvée les Cognaux

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                         Color: Sparkling

Organic. Clay-Limestone with a majority of gray clay. Elevage in tank and in barrels sur lie for 6 months, then 2 years in bottle ‘sur lattes’. Bottled brut nature. Expressive and balanced with aromas of raspberry and strawberry, floral notes of rose, peony, and stone fruit. Fresh and gourmand in the mouth with a nice tension. Very long mineral finish.  5,500 bottles produced

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Cuvée Fosse-Grely

Varietals: 80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay       Color: Sparkling

Organic. Clay-Limestone with a majority of red clay. Elevage in tank sur lie for 6 months, then 2 years in bottle ‘sur lattes’. Bottled brut nature. Complex and elegant. Aromas of white flowers, peche de vigne, and pears. Fresh in the mouth, silky with a beautiful fluidity.  7,000 bottles produced.

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Cuvée PAPILLON

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                               Color: Sparkling

All cuvées are made according to the same process: vinification with natural yeast from their own grapes, without any fining or filtering. The cold settling occurs naturally with the winter frosts. Alcoholic fermentation and élevage on fine lees in 225L barrels and 500L demi-muids for 9 months. Natural malolactic fermentation, Aged on the lees in bottle for 18-20 months. 4,000 bottles produced

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Cuvée 11, 12, 13... Brut Nature

Varietals: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir               Color: Sparkling

A blend, comprised of mostly Chardonnay and smaller quantities of Pinot Noir, from all of the domaine's parcelsfrom 2011, 2012, 2013 vintages.  Elevage is in tank and perpetual per a solera process, whereby the wine of each new vintage is added. 4,000 bottles produced

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