The winemaking

For the Leflaive family, the plot approach has its roots in its origins. While it is not revolutionary, this vision is the identity of Valentin Leflaive. This know-how takes on its full meaning in the great terroirs of the Côte des Blancs and the Montagne de Reims

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Valentin Leflaive Champagnes look to the origin of the place, from the most fragmentary to the most generic. It is a philosophy that begins when working in the vineyard where the search for the nuances of the terroirs guides the team’s every step. Then, it is in the human-scale winery with a multitude of small vats, that the identity of each terroir is revealed with tailor-made vinification for each plot.



The experience of Grands Crus is felt in the method but also in the character. Élysé Brigandat seeks to capture balance from the start of vinification. Precision work on the outline, where tension and minerality draw the contours of Valentin Leflaive Champagne de Lieux. Ageing on lees in vats or Burgundy barrels, which have been used to age the Grands Crus of Puligny-Montrachet from Maison Olivier Leflaive, helps to reveal all the complexity of the Champagne.

“At harvest time, we already know what we will ultimately have in the bottle. All our work is based on the search for balance without artifice to reveal the identity of each plot with as much authenticity as possible.”
Élysé Brigandat



With the name Leflaive, the Champagnes can only take one direction, that of an authentic sparkling wine to reveal the best of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Quality work and trust with the winegrowers are the basis of this quest for transparency where all the cards are laid on the table from the harvest. With minimal intervention in the cellar, Valentin Leflaive Champagnes do not cheat. They reflect their origin with the common thread being transparency displayed in the code.