EPERNAY, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

Bruno Michel is an organic winegrower and, above all, a lover of soil and vines. So it’s only natural that he started a vine nursery in the 1980s. Passionate about wine, he soon longed to grow the best grapes from his vines so that he could make his own champagnes.

In 1985 Bruno Michel took up winemaking and founded an estate with his wife Catherine in Pierry, a few kilometers south of Epernay. Their 12-hectare vineyard is composed of over 35 parcels, planted with 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier and the rest Pinot Noir.

Their champagnes are made in the same village, in vaulted, limestone caves, which were excavated by Benedictine monks in the 18th Century. The caves offer a constant cool temperature and humidity, which allow the champagnes to age slowly in order to bring out their best aromas.