Domaine Les Monts Fournois

Champagne, France

Coteaux Champenois Blanc, Ludes Premier Cru — 2020

download facts sheet Download tasting notes where to buy
  • Introduction

    • WINERY: Born in Champagne in a grower’s family, Juliette Alips rapidly found her passion. With the mentorship of her close cousins, Raphaël and Vincent Bérêche, she discovered and learned all the ins and outs of producing champagne, from farming, to vinification, tasting and blending. Now, with the help of her two cousins, she is starting this new adventure with Domaine Les Monts Fournois. Located in the northern part of the Montagne de Reims, in the sub-area called La Grande Montagne, the Premier Cru Les Monts Fournois will be the focus of the domaine.

      WINE: Combining elegance and finesse, this still white Coteaux Champenois made from Chardonnay grapes from the Northern Montagne de Reims region reflects the freshness of its terroir.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • These old Chardonnay vines were planted in 1961, on the “Les Monts Fournois” Premier Cru terroir in Ludes. The soil is poor, the chalk almost outcropping. The south-facing exposure is optimal for Chardonnay maturity.

    • Appellation: Montagne de Reims, Ludes
    • Location: Champagne
    • Cultivation: Sustainable
    • Vine Age: Planted in 1961
    • Soil: Full chalk
    • Exposure: South facing
  • Vintage Report

    • Winter is remarkably mild and rainy. Summer is marked by heatwaves. Drought reaches record levels.

  • Vinification

    • Indigenous vinification, using yeasts from the vineyard and cellar. After 2 years’ ageing on lees in an oak barrel, this White Coteaux Champenois is racked directly from the barrel, bottle by bottle, by hand. The lees add some fine notes of reduction on the first nose.

    • Malolactic: None
    • Aging: 2 years on the lees in a French oak barrel
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 12%
  • Tasting Notes

    • The slight reduction of the first nose evolves, giving way to a beautiful fruitiness, with a touch of exotic notes, reflecting the terroir of Les Monts Fournois.