“Because the grapes are alive, they are not treated but cared for”

Bression-Lourdeaux Champagne makers are located in Try, in the heart of the Marne Valley in Champagne. Aude and Boris, who both come from a long line of wine growers, combined their know-how in 2006 to create the Bression-Lourdeaux Champagnes. Our vineyards are located in Try, Vassieux, and Boucquigny with a surface of around 6.25 hectares (15.45 acres). We mainly grow three grape varieties: the Meunier (90%), Chardonnay (5%), and the Pinot Noir (5%).

We chose to grow our grapes using the “Agriculture Raisonnée or Lutte Raisonnée” (literally, a “reasoned struggle,” meaning a middle path between conventional, chemically dependent viticulture and strictly organic farming). In the wet, cold, and northerly region of Champagne, strictly organic farming can often represent too great a risk for many growers, especially with the constantly looming danger of mildew.

Because the grapes are alive, they are not treated but cared for. We limit chemicals, 80% of our surface is weedy, and the land manually worked. We reduce the impact of fertilizers on our land, water, and air by using our own compost. We aim to durably maintain the soil balance to pass on our vineyards from generation to generation.

We have started using biodynamic farming to use less sulfites. We farm with an aim to provide high value to the environment by using products that have a neutral effect on flora and fauna both in the short and longer terms. To put things in perspective, we treat our vineyards 9 times less than in the 1950s with products 10 times less aggressive than they were then.

Looking at the level of champagne clarity

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In theory, Lutte Raisonnée means seeking to decrease the use of synthetic herbicides and pesticides, or even to eliminate them completely, while reserving the right to treat the vines with synthetic products in times of dire need, such as in the vicious mildew and oidium attacks of 2007 and 2008.