Domaine LeLarge Pugeot, Bises
Last Vintage Ever
Winemaker: Dominque Lelarge, Dominque Pugeot
Appellation: champagne, Vrigny
Soil: Chalk, limestone, clay
About the Process
Using the Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut NV as its starting point, the Bises cuvée tops it all off with the addition of organic, local honey in the dosage - an experimental substitute for their usual addition of organic cane sugar. Using organic, local honey sourced from bees who live in the forest neighboring the vineyards, the family has achieved an impressive wine that encapsulates the Vrigny terroir from beginning to end.
About the Winemaker
"Lelarge-Pugeot is an eighth-generation winery in the Premier Cru village of Vrigny on the rolling slopes of the Montagne de Reims (about 15 minutes west of Reims). It is a real family operation, helmed by the two parents, Dominique and Dominique, and supported by their kids, one of whom is our good friend Clémence.
The family’s 8.7 hectares of vineyards, which are planted mostly with Pinot Meunier, face northward, offering some protection from the effects of global warming, though Clémence is quick to note that they can now make red wines for the first time in the history of Champagne. The domaine, which has been certified organic since 2014 and Demeter-certified biodynamic since 2017, is comprised of 42 distinct parcels where Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay are grown at elevations of 400 ft.
The wines of Lelarge-Pugeot are bright and full of pizzazz, and the family is producing some electric juice—including Nature et Non Dosé, their no sulfur/no dosage cuvée"