In 1873, Verzenay was ranked among the top 3 crus of Champagne in an unofficial ranking. For this reason, the Labruyère family, who also own the world-famous Domaine Jacques Prieur, chose the village of Verzenay in the Montagne de Reims to establish their own winery in Champagne.
As “récoltant-manipulants”, the Labruyère family was quick to embrace sustainable and terroir-based farming, an important cornerstone in the family’s values.
The terroir of Verzenay consists of a clayey-limestone subsoil combined with a northern exposure of its slopes. This combination makes it a unique terroir that gives the wines their unique typicity.
The estate’s 6.6 ha are planted with71% Pinot Noir and 29% Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir, in combination with the terroir, brings complexity, structure and intensity to the wines, while the Chardonnay delivers a blend of citrus and toasty aromas.
At J.M. Labruyère, a lot of emphasis is placed on organic viticulture, so converting the farm toBIO in 2020 was the logical step. Biodiversity also plays a role at Labruyère. Thus, between the slopes, one finds various beehives that have been perfectly implemented in the natural cycle.
In order to respect the identity of the terroirs, each plot is vinified and pressed individually. The vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks, demi-muids, or in wooden barrels (some of which come from Domaine Jacques Prieur).
The wines are aged on their lees for at least 3 to 5 years, with low dosages, and the greatest care is taken in selecting the reserve wines. In the case of vintage champagnes, they are even given up to 10 years to mature on their lees.
After disgorging, the wines rest in the cellar for another 8 months before being put on sale.
Facts: R.M., Verzenay, Montagne de Reims, R.M., 6ha