Champagne de l'Argentaine is part of the Cooperative in Vandieres in the Marne Valley, who have been marketing a limited edition range of Champagnes made with the best Cru's from their members’ vineyards. The 180 members represent 167 Hectares of vines on the South facing slopes of this region famed for its superior Meunier grapes.
The Director of the Coop, Olivier Paris, has brought the cellars into the 20th Century over the last 10 years by investing heavily in the wineries facilities. That program has brought them to a state of the art , full service Cooperative. They currently produce bottles 'sur Latte' for Bollinger, Vranken, Feuillatte amongst many other major Houses.
The wine making is extremely fine, producing clear, crisp wines full of aromas brought by the vins de reserve.
The De L'Argentaine collection of Champagnes are a tiny part of the production, representing only 30,000 bottles per year of this refined Pinot Meunier based Champagne. Production is tightly controlled as this facility has the capacity to vinify wines separately by parcel, due to the vast number of stainless tanks it is equipped with. This gives them a vast pallette to assemble the quality and profile of wines required and to perform small runs of very high end wine such as the Argentaine collection.
They also make a superb red wine, from the Pinot Noir grape, which is highly sought after by the Major Houses for the rosės d'assemblage. The bidding on these red wines is extremely vigorous when they are due for release.
Champagne de 'Argentaine
Vines: 167 Hectares.
Age of Vines: Average age 35 years, Range 10 - 75 years
Ageing on the lees: 3 years NV, 4-.6 years Vintages
Annual Production: 5,000 6 pack cases
Owners: Cooperatif L'Union Vandieres