Day Two

Today we visited two houses, M. Delot in Celles-sur-Ource and Voirin-Jumel in Cramant.

The village of Celles-sur-Ource is located on the left bank of the river Ource which flows into the Seine. A total of 308 hectares of vines planted on both sides of the river, about 82% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier and 6% “other,” mainly Pinot Blanc, one of the accepted “heirloom” grapes. Pinot Blanc is a white grape like Chardonnay, but with sweeter tropical fruit on the nose and palate.

Cramant is a Grand Cru village located southeast of Epernay in the middle of the Côtes des Blancs between Chouilly to the north and Avize to the south.  It’s 351 hectares with mostly eastern facing vines are planted almost 100% with Chardonnay and about 0.1% Pinot Meunier. It is renown for its creamy and elegant Chardonnay style champagnes. There are three single vineyard sites: Bourons Leroy and Bourons du Midi, Bourron du Levant and Chemin de Châlons.  

M. Delot, Celles-sur-Ource

This family house was founded in Celles sur Ource in 1933.  As it is located in the south of the champagne appellation, Burgundy influences are reflected the soil and in their wines. Farming is a mix of older and newer vinicultural practices.  Vines are created by Selection Massale and vinification is in stainless steel tanks.  They say: “We do not make our wines, we grow them.”  We toured and tasted with Jean-Baptiste.

Cuvées Tasted:

  • Blanc de Noirs Réserve
  • Prestige
  • Légende
  • Blanc de Noirs Millésime 2010 Extra Brut
  • Rosé

Voirin-Jumel, Cramant

Champagne Voirin-Jumel was established 1968, after the marriage of Françoise Jumel and Gilles Voirin, children of wine growers from Grand Cru villages of Cramant and Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs. Their children Alice and Patrick along with the third generation continue the Houses legacy. The House farms 12 hectares from eight surrounding villages. They produce 9 champagnes, significantly highlighting blanc de blancs and cuvées with chardonnay grapes. We tasted with Alice.

Cuvées Tasted:

  • Brut Zéro Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru
  • Blanc de Blancs, Grand Cru
  • Cuvée 555
  • Millésime 2011
  • Blanc de Noirs, Premier Cru
  • Rosé de Saignée

Visit What’s Open to learn more about these cuvées.

Continue the tour with Day Three!