Brothers Laurent and Jean Hervé Chiquet assumed control of this boutique house 40 years ago. Independently run, it can be found in the premier cru village of Dizy though it does own vineyards in the highest ranking grand cru villages of Oiry, Avize and Aÿ from which some of their best grapes are sourced. Quality and detail rule here with production capped below 400,000 bottles annually. Organic viticulture is practiced throughout the estate’s vineyards and like the very best houses, oak barrels are used to age a proportion of the wines. All of the production has a low dosage in a deliberate move to showcase the purity of the fruit and mineral nature of them. As a result, the wines fall into the extra-dry category. Along with vintage and single vineyard vintage champagnes a non-vintage wine completes the portfolio. Its point of difference is its unique cuvée number that is printed on the front label as a means of highlighting the vintage conditions of the base wine on which it is based. Its modern day philosophy is enshrined in proving detailed information to consumers and collectors alike. As such, each bottle indicates the level of dosage, the disgorgement date as well as the total production of the particular cuvée. Current releases include Cuvées 736 and 737 based on the 2008 and 2009 vintages, respectively. The former seeing ideal conditions with the latter unseasonably warm. American wine critic, Antonio Galloni is a huge follower of these wines and suggests ageing them for up to 10 years for enhanced depth and pleasure.

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