100% Chardonnay in the Grand Cru terriroty of Avize, 90 months on the lees, doage 2g/l.
The house of Champagne La Rogerie was established in 2016 by Justine and François Petit-Boxler, named for François’ grandfather Roger Petit. François’ family have been living and making wine in Avize for 3 generations, while Justine’s family hail from Alsace, with a wine making history back to 1640. Their Avize holdings stand between the illustrious producers Louis Roederer and Jacques Selosse.
"There are so many emerging small wineries in Champagne that the region is sometimes as overwhelming as it is exciting and I try to visit as many new addresses I can every year. It's rare however that a new release gets me as excited as the wines I tasted at La Rogerie in Flavigny. This label is the work of a young couple François Petit (from Champagne) and Justine Boxler (from Alsace) who started out with 0.70 hectares in 2015 gradually taking over François's family domaine (they also produce wine in Alsace with vines from Justine's side). The estate's patrimony is enviable: Chardonnay vines planted in the 1950s mostly in Avize using the massale selections of the epoch and never replanted. Their first years were dedicated to restoring the vineyards to health: no more herbicides de-compacting the soils encouraging biodiversity changing trellising the sort of good stewardship in short that is hopefully familiar by now to readers of these pages. Fruit is picked ripe and vinification is in wood. These first releases show real style and character and I'm convinced La Rogerie is set for overnight stardom. Lieu-dit Champ Bouton will be making an appearance soon in the 2019 vintage. Lovers of intensely flavored artisanal Champagne from passionate growers should make every effort to secure a few bottles." - RP