VOIRIN-JUMEL CHAMPAGNE NV Tradition – ORGANIC
Jean Voirin, who owned some vines and sold all his grapes in bulk, decided to begin bottling his own champagne at the end of World War II. The Jumel family started producing champagne around the same time—René Jumel had a transport business and his wife’s family had some vines that they cultivated. As the champagne market grew, René began selling some of his trucks and buying vineyards around the Côte des Blancs, which his wife, Paulette Richomme, worked and oversaw. Between 1950 and 1970, all the grapes were sold in bulk.
In the early 1970’s, Françoise Jumel (daughter of Paulette and René) began bottling champagne with her husband Gilles Voirin under the name Voirin-Jumel. That year they sold nearly 10,000 bottles. In the 1990s, Françoise’s children, Patrick and Alice, along with Patrick’s wife Valerie, began running the domain.
Today it is a true family affair, and they own 30 acres of vines in 11 different villages (broken down to approximately 10% Cramant, 20% Chouilly, 10% Avize, 5% Oiry, 10% Oger, 10% Mareuil-sur-Ay, 10% Vertus, 15% Verneuil and the remaining 10% in 3 other villages).
Each lot of grapes is vinified separately and each tank goes through malolactic fermentation. In January, the wines are stabilized. Shortly thereafter, the vins clairs (still wines) are tasted and it is determined which lots will be used for each specific release. All the champagnes are given very low dosages, and are aged for three-four years minimum, thus ensuring fresh, lower-acidity champagnes that really highlight their varied terroirs. All their production is bottled and sold at the domain.
The Tradition Brut NV bottling is a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne, this is the domain’s “entry level” champagne, perfect for any occasion. Its aromas and flavors of red fruits, hazelnuts, and almonds are balanced by a pleasant liveliness. Based on 2018 with 20% reserve wines, from 50% Vertus Chardonnay and 50% Verneuil Pinot noir. Dosage 6g/liter. This is a wonderful fresh Champagne with lovely citrus and minerals.