Who better than Nature itself could help us to improve the
quality of our vines?
The sustainable winegrowing
Respect for fauna and flora is an absolute necessity in our practices.
We defend the respect of the biodiversity of the Champagne region and its own ecosystem.
The Veuve Maurice Lepitre vineyard has obtained the HVE level 3 certification (High Environmental Value) and the VDC certification (Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne) since January 2020. For 15 years, we have been taking care of our plots without using insecticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides. The weeding of our plots is done mechanically.
The treatment of winemaking effluents and rinsing water has been improved to meet the needs of our customers.
to current standards with the improvement of our on-farm traceability systems.
In addition to respecting a virtuous practice on our vineyard in accordance with our principles, we want to pass on to future generations a land of quality Champagne.
The massal selection
The average age of our vines is 40 years and our oldest vines are close to 70 years old.
When replanting a plot of land or changing a dead vine stock, our predecessors have always privileged the massal selection. They passed on this technique to us because they were concerned of the quality and originality of their vineyard that they wanted to preserve.
Rather than in a “nursery”, they would choose their grafts by cutting a shoot from their most valuable branch beautiful vines.
This technique is not without risk, particularly in terms of protection against certain diseases, but it allows to maintain a high quality production with an varietal diversity of vine stocks conferring aromatic typicity in our wines, in particular thanks to our oldest vines. Massal selection thus gives our wines the consistency of aromas and flavours we’ve always been looking for.
We continue to follow their example.