Alexis studied in Champagne and then decided to work in other wine regions of France for five years. In Burgundy, Alexis’ first stop, he learned red winemaking. In Bordeaux, his second stop, he learned the cultivation of grapevines in Pomerol. Then in Alsace, his third stop, Alexis was an oenologist advisor for four years. His customers were farming using biodynamic methods, very involved in regenerating and protecting their soils.
Today, Champagne Xavier Leconte is certified with HVE (farms of High Environmental Value). The HVE certification is a national certification overseen by the French Ministry of Agriculture which required the producer to satisfy a minimum number of criteria in four areas: biodiversity, phytosanitary strategy, fertilisation management and irrigation management. This HVE certification is a fitting reward for Champagne Xavier Leconte, which has implemented sustainable wine-growing techniques for several years now, cutting back massively on protective vine treatments, implementing biological pest control, and introducing other measures to preserve biodiversity, respecting both the vineyard and its environment.
And finally, Alexis works with his group of friends from different champagne soils and areas, many of whom he met during his studies, to taste the latest cuvée and share stories. “Even being an oenologist, we need an outside opinion. That too is the champagne adventure. We grow together from sharing.”