Lelarge-Pugeot, an eighth-generation winery nestled in the Premier Cru village of Vrigny on the Montagne de Reims slopes (just 15 minutes west of Reims), is a true family affair. Dominique and Dominique, the parents, lead the operation, with their children, including our friend Clémence, providing essential support.
Their 8.7 hectares of vineyards mainly feature Pinot Meunier, facing northward to mitigate the impact of global warming. Remarkably, they now produce red wines, a first in Champagne history. The domaine, certified organic since 2014 and biodynamic since 2017 by Demeter, encompasses 42 distinct parcels with Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay vines flourishing at elevations of 400 ft.
Lelarge-Pugeot's wines exude vibrancy and excitement, highlighted by their Nature et Non Dosé cuvée, a sulfur-free and dosage-free expression of their electric craftsmanship. Truly remarkable fizz all around.