The biodynamic Champagne of Jean-Marc Charpentier leads you to Marne Valley and cheese pairings with Xavier Thuret5 min read
This time, we are glad to introduce you another Marne Valley house, with the Charpentier wine estate. Strong of an heritage of nine generations of winegrowers, this Champagne house is although quite recent, since its actual runner Jean-Marc Charpentier just launched the bottle production in 2006. Therefore, this vine enthusiast decided to optimize his family vineyard of 24 hectares, spread through 72 plots, all located in Charly-sur-Marne, in the Aisne department, accessible from Paris with a distance of 85 km.
Jean-Marc Charpentier decided to take up a double challenge because he wished to vinify his grapes parcel by parcel, for more precision. Apart from this, he opted for biodynamic cultivation, from 2009, before applying for the so desired organic certification, within the first homologated vines in 2021. By AP
This time in Charly-sur-Marne, the Champagne Charpentier pursues a winery tradition of nine generations, settled in this colorful Marne Valley since 1855. Despite a tradition of cooperative supply and of vine pioneering with the first local plots of Chardonnay, the 24 hectares, located in a atypical and unique in our region, starring 45% of Chardonnay vines, completed by Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, became a new renowned Champagne ambassador, from 2006 (photo credits: Charpentier).
Indeed, thanks to a long vineyard experience, Jean-Marc Charpentier operated the philosophy of his activity, with a new responsible vision of agriculture. This is illustrated with with the use of its own compost, and indigenous but selected Champagne yeasts, which are introduced into the vats, the use of as little sulfur as possible but a specific malolactic fermentation in order to ensure natural biological stability.
That’s why we are pleased to recommend you their range baptized Terre d’Emotion, as the result of a meticulous teamwork, orchestrated by Jean-Marc Charpentier and symbolized by a real sense of natural care. Indeed, the entire flora is notably respected thanks to a mechanical work on soils.
While pursuing on the chronological line, we as well recommend you this charming so-called ephemeral cuvée proposed by Champagne Charpentier. Nonetheless, located at the border of the Parisian geographic area and more exactly in Charly-sur-Marne, this inspired family affair always tends to experiment new trends, while always rediscovering its own vineyards, of course depending on the meteorologic conditions.
Last but not least, if you want to go further in terms of pairing by incorporating cheeses and champagne, as a real communion in French culinary culture, as even recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We invite you to read the book of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France, of course specialized in cheese science. Indeed, Xavier Thuret proposes a set of delicious combinations where fine cheeses are restored with a place of honor to highlight any kind of champagne beverage, but notable the items from Champagne Charpentier.
In order to make it possible, a huge work of breeder and refiner was carried out jointly with the desire to make the cheese simpler and more accessible to any of epicureans.
More information on the official website of Fromages.com and on his bookstore.