Located just a few km’s south of Reims and in amongst picturesque rolling hills of Champagne vines stands the grower label Lacuisse Frères. Open to consumers to pop in and taste their Champagne, you will be met by a member of the family / team to show you around the winery to include a visit to some of their very own vines located in the heart of Montagne de Reims just a minute or two walk away from the property.
On the day I took a tour with owner Christian Lacuisse who showcased his selection of Champagne labels with my notes including:
Champagne Lacuisse Freres Premier Cru A Sermiers 2009: “Touch dry initially then a burst of deep mineral / nutty flavours with hint of peach, vanilla and citrus flavours.”
Champagne Lacuisse Freres Terre de Clos Premier Cru Brut nature 2007: “Full of aromas to include chalk, fig, hazelnut. Flavours include walnut, mushroom, citrus and much more with a dash of white pepper. A fine gastronomic Champagne.”
Christian was passionate to remind me about the land their vines grow on being formed millions of years ago and rich in marine sediments as it was once amazingly the bottom of the sea where the vines are now growing – offering the vines and indeed flavours of the wines a more mineral / limestone freshness. The house which was formed in 1960 now holds a total of 17 hectares and has adopted many sustainable viticulture practices to include no insecticides and recovering all their washing water during harvest time.