There are many ways to judge a wine or a champagne. But these days, there are other essential criteria such as traceability and provenance. That’s why Valentin Leflaive Champagne, despite benefiting from the name of a great family, has also been given a code.

ET CA 15 50

More than just a name, a code

ORIGIN echoes the wine house’s state of mind. Each cuvée has its own characteristics. While the letters express the terroir, the numbers indicate the year of the base and dosage. This modern approach underlines the assertiveness of a new player in the champagne sector – Valentin Leflaive – which is all about transparency.


The pick of the crop

The plot-by-plot approach is applied down to the smallest detail. Beyond choosing a single varietal to make one cuvée, the decision was taken to work with specific plots, those with the best orientation, those destined to reveal the best of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

CET CA 15 50

Noble origins

The careful selection of varietal and plot is identified by the first letters on the label. CA means that the grapes in the cuvée CA/15/40 grew on the rich chalk soils of the superb plots of Cramant and Avize Grands Crus. The vintage is given by the first two numbers, in this case 2015, the year the base wine was blended.

The world of Brut

Long-ignored, the dosage is today seen as key information when choosing and understanding a champagne. To guide the consumer, Valentin Leflaive cuvées give this information in the last two digits of the code. In CA/15/40, 40 refers to 4.0g of sugar per liter, corresponding to an extra brut.