Day Three

Chigny-les-Roses is a premier cru village located on the north side of the Grande Montagne de Reims.  The vineyards are mostly north-facing and planted about 58% Pinot Meunier,  24% Pinot Noir and 18% Chardonnay.  Notable entities are Madame Pommery’s “Rose Garden” and Champagne Cattier.

Champagne Cattier, Chigny-les-Roses

In 1625, the Cattier family began cultivating vineyards in Chigny-Les-Roses in the heart of the Montagne de Reims.  Jean Cattier begins winemaking in 1916 and the house continued to grow as though the generations with Jean-Jacques Cattier turning over control of the company to his son Alexandre in 2011. Vinification is in stainless steel tanks with malolactic fermentation. The house farms as recognized as “Haute valeur environmental (High environmental value)  level 3” and “Viticulture durable.”

We were pleased to visit this house which has two production lines,  Armand de Brignac and Cattier.

We toured with Christian Darquier and tasted with Christian and Alexandre Cattier.

Cuvees Tasted:

  • Brut Icône
  • Brut Premier Cru
  • Brut Nature Premier Cru
  • Brut Blanc de Blancs
  • Brut Blanc de Noirs Premier Cru
  • Brut Millésime 2009
  • Brut Millésime 2008
  • Clos du Moulin Brut Premier Cru (Multi-vintage 20016, 2007, 2008)
  • Clos du Moulin Brut Rose Premier Cru (Multi-vintage 20016, 2007, 2008)

 Villers-sous-Châtillon is a village located in the Vallée de la Marne on the right bank of the Marne river.  Its  21.2 hectares are planted with about 93% Pinot Meunier, 6% Pinot Noir, and 1% Chardonnay.

Champagne Roger-Constant LeMaire, Villers sous Chatillon

The Lemaire family history began at the end of the 19th century in Hautvilliers. In 1945, Roger Constant Lemaire doubled the size of the estate and relocated the family home and headquarters to Villers-sous-Châtillon. Roger Constant Lemaire’s daughter Brigitte married Gilles Tournant, a talented winemaker and together with their sons Sébastien and Guillaume, they continue the family tradition of producing exceptional Champagne using modern and ecologically friendly techniques.

The House is proud of their ecological credentials and use only marine algae to protect their vines, negating the need for pesticides. Vinification uses no malolactic fermentation.

We Toured and tasted with Sébastian.

Cuvees Tasted:

  • Cuvée Sélect Réserve
  • Cuvée Trianon 1966
  • Blanc de Blancs
  • Rosé de Saignée

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

Continue the tour with Day Four!