Elemart Robion Domaine

A privileged wine-farm

LOCATION
Lhéry and Courtagnon, Ardre Valley
SOIL
Clay-limestone on tuffeau and sand
Surface
4,5 hectares of AB certified organic viticulture by Ecocert
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINES
35 years old
VARIETIES
Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petit Meslier
DENSITY
9000 vines plants per hectare
62

% Pinot Meunier

24

% Chardonnay

8

% Pinot Noir

6

% Petit Meslier

When Pinot Meunier meets Lhéry’s soil

 

The vineyard

Elemart Robion’s Vineyard represents the soils of Ardre Valley particularely well; aerated and living.  The plots of the Domaine are allocated on the lands of Lhéry and Courtagnon, and bear enchanting names : La Chaude Tête, Le Haut de la Chaude Tête, Les Fosses, La Pente du Gros Mont or les Vieilles Vignes.

Practicing organic viticulture, goes beyond yielding the Terroir’s truths; it enhances the wines’ minerality.

 

The soil

The vines of Lhéry develop on a sand and tuffeau soil.  Sand confers freshness to the grapes, and this refreshing bittersweet twist, so appreciated in Champagnes.

Courtagnon vines grow on a clay-limestone soil, bringing a rich complexity. Clay contributes to roundness and upcoming structure of the cuvées.

Limestone, wether from tuffeau in Lhéry or combined to Courtagnon’ clay, bring notes of citrusminerality and tartness, pledge of good hold and timekeeping.

 

The climate

Domaine Elemart Robion’s vines are subject to a climatic influence known as ocean-continental transition.  This influence is characterized by two key elements.

First one being the wind.  Rather fresh and constant, the wind’s blow dries the vines, thus contributing to the grapes’ sanitary quality.

Second one being the rain, also coming on a regular basis.  It finds, in the soil’s aerated nature, a precious ally for the vines’ nutrition and health preservation.

 

Exposure

The plots are mainly facing South/South-West.  They consequently benefit of profitable sun exposure for the good development of the grapes.  The slopes are gentle, which is quite an advantage when it comes to all the manual tasks required by organic viticulture.  This also allows naturally drainage, thus leading to a perfect hydration of the vines, roots being regularly watered from the surface to the depth of the soil.

 

Wine population

The vine population of Domaine Elemart Robion has a majority of Pinot Meunier. It is the benchmark variety of the Valley, as it finds the ideal developing conditions.

Chardonnay comes in second. The winegrowers have preferred truffeau clay to give Chardonnay a distinctive and flattering originality.

A few acres of Pinot Noir are planted, which will, if needed, bring structure and body to the wines.

Finally, a couple of vines of a little-known and confidential variety, Petit Meslier, bring a rare value in Champagne.

 

Expressions

Our vine population gives a rich diversity of expressions.

Pinot Meunier offers major style, made of greatly balanced delicacy and fruit.

Chardonnay is the bearer of fineness, freshness and elegance, enriched by a delightful suppleness, whereas Pinot Noir brings power and vinosity.

At last, but not least, Petit Meslier, old grape variety of Champagne, promises exquisite surprises with its unexpected and pronounced white fruits aromas.

Elemart Robion Domaine

Facilities

Earth, grapes and wines require respect and excellence.  This exigency naturally led to choices of equipment that intensify the potential of a Champagne born in the vines.

Elemart Robion domaine

Whereabouts

Reception and material resources of Domaine Elemart Robion are located at the foot of the Romanesque church in the village of Lhéry, in the heart of Ardre Valley. Our vines grow on the hillsides of this valley.

Ardre Valley vineyard is a particular offshoot of the West of Montagne de Reims. It includes hillsides from both parts of the Ardre river and tributaries.

The vine-growing territory is called Tardenois, landscape of multiple reliefs; a combination of shreds of plateaus, hills and deep valleys.

A date is inscribed on one of our farm’s walls: 1879. It testifies of the Domaine’s wine tradition on this land.

OUR ADDRESS

1 rue principale, 51170 Lhéry, France