J. Vignier Blanc de Blancs "Ora Alba" Grand Cru Brut NV
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About the Producer:
The Vignier family history in Champagne dates to 1530, the time of Nicolas Vignier of Bars sur Seine. Nicolas was a physician, lawyer, theologian, and court historian for Henry III. â€¯His descendant, Nathalie Vignier, is now the tenth generation to pursue viticulture and winemaking in Champagne, and the sixth generation to do so in the grand cru village of Cramant, in the CÃ´te des Blancs.
In the early 20th century, Nathalieâ€™s grandfather, Paul LeBrun, had two hectares, taken over from his father, Henri LeBrun. Paul resolved to become an independent vigneron by separating himself from the big nÃ©gociants after World War I and was among the first to do so in the CÃ´te des Blancs. He established Champagne Paul LeBrun in the 1930s. Frank Schoonmaker â€” a long-time collaborator with Alexis Lichene in the wine trade, and together two of the most influential figures in shaping American views on European wine in the last century â€” was the first to import the wines to the U.S.
Nathalie and her brother, Jean, took over the domaine from their parents 12 years ago, with Jean on the business side and Nathalie in the vineyards and cellar. Nathalieâ€™s husband Hubert Soreau (another Schatzi!) is the winemaker at Le Clos lâ€™AbbÃ© in Epernay. Through him, Nathalie and close family friend Sebastian Nickel (whose grandmotherâ€™s family farmed land around SÃ©zanne and held plots that became AOC Champagne in the 1960s) made the connections that enabled them to realize a shared vision and dream â€” one with roots in Nathalieâ€™s fatherâ€™s profound understanding of the land. He had always told them there were â€œhidden treasuresâ€ in the 16.5 hectares of chardonnay in CÃ´te des Blancs and CÃ´te de SÃ©zanne that constitute the Vignier LeBrun vineyards. (Spring 2018) NV