Elemart Robion Domaine

Our wine-farm

LOCATION
Lhéry and Courtagnon, Ardre Valley
SOIL
Sand, clay and limestone
Surface
4,5 hectares of AB certified organic viticulture by Ecocert
AVERAGE AGE
35 years old for the vines
VARIETIES
Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Petit Meslier
DENSITY
9000 vines plants per hectare
62

% Meunier

24

% Chardonnay

8

% Pinot Noir

6

% Petit Meslier

When Meunier meets Lhéry’s soil

The vineyard

Our 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.

The organic culture practiced here reveals the minerality of the wines.

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.

The limestone brings citrus notes, minerality and acidity, a guarantee of durability and ageing.

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, facilitating the manual work required by the organic approach.  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 Meunier. It is the main 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.

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

We have 22 temperature-controlled stainless steel vats with a capacity of 25 to 50 hectolitres. They allow us to separate the grape varieties and the plots.

                              About fifteen 228-litre barrels from Burgundy allow us to age part of our wines.

Elemart Robion domaine

Whereabouts

Our estate is located at the foot of the Romanesque church in the village of Lhéry, in the heart of the Ardre Valley. Our vines are spread over the hillsides of this valley.
The Ardre Valley vineyard is a particular variation of the western part of the Montagne de Reims. The hillsides are located on both sides of the river Ardre and its tributaries.
The wine-growing area is called Tardenois, a landscape with multiple reliefs made up of fragments of plateaux, hills and deep valleys.
A date appears on one of the walls of the farm: 1879. It attests to the deep-rootedness of the Domaine’s winegrowing tradition on this terroir.

OUR ADDRESS

1 rue principale, 51170 Lhéry, France