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J L Vergnon





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J L Vergnon

JL Vergnon is a family estate with over 20 hectares of vines, primarily situated in the Grand Cru villages of Mesnil, Oger and Avize. The family have been exploiting these hallowed slopes for over 200 years but today the young Clément Vergnon runs the estate aided by the aptly named oenologist Julian Goût. Farming is done sustainably, which is to say without herbicides and with the absolute minimum of treatments needed to maintain vine health. Yields are kept low. Pressing is done in a traditional, vertical press, while vinification takes place in a mixture of steel and oak. Malo-lactic fermentations are avoided, all the better to maintain freshness, while ageing takes place for no less than 3 years before disgorgement.

The house style is very much in keeping with what we look for from great Côte de Blancs Champagnes– noble, pure and mineral driven Chardonnay with great tension, salinity and nerve. Their Brut cuvée Conversation, composed of fruit from Mesnil, Oger and Avize, delivers the domaine style at a very reasonable price, particularly given the provenance of the fruit, with remarkable purity and a very fine structure. Those who love the racy detail of Champagne’s purest chardonnays should find much to admire here.

Justerini & Brooks are only distributing Champagne JL Vergnon in UK