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Jérôme Lefevre 

Champagne

Vallée de la Marne

Champagne

Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

Planted in 1971

Sandy

 

5,000 bottles

Certified Organic

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The discovery of a producer is always a thrill for wine lovers especially if this winemaker is a newcomer and the result is a revelation.

 

Jerome is a native of the “Far West” of the Marne valley, at the edge of the Champagne appellation, in the towns of Saulchery, Charly Sur Marne, Bonneil and Crogy.  Here Jerome creates Champagne Delalot and Champagne Jerome Lefevre

 

Jerome’s teenage years were guided by a deep passion for heavy metal and the family life of vineyards trained by his mother, Eliane Delalot.  Not till several years of working as an art critic and art curator did Jerome’s passion towards the craft of Champagne arise.  Elaine’s respectful farming practices became organic certification under Jerome’s direction in 2009. 

 

Inspired by the Fukuoka principals of farming (no tilling, no pesticides, no fertilizer, no weeding, no pruning) Jerome began his journey into winemaking. Since his first harvest in 2013, Jerome has tended to his land like a gardener and grown his vineyards from 1ha to 1.5ha.  He does not use any heavy machinery, including tractors.  The vineyards are located on slopes facing south and southeast with predominately sandy soil and some clay. 

 

It’s impossible to classify Jerome’s style.   Each cuvée comes from specific parcels and are experimental. He seeks the boundaries of what Champagne allows him to do and sometimes tries new techniques while maintaining respect of the terroir. As it is hard to find more vineyards, Jerome’s Champagne Delalot production is limited to 5,000 bottles. 

 

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Nature Brut Millésime

70% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier 

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Planted between 1974 and 1989

Champagne

Saulchery 

Mostly Sandy

Middle of September, 100% 2013

900 Bottles

12%

Native yeast fermentation and malolactic fermentation in wood, then aging in stainless steel to keep a vibrant Blanc de Noirs style. Organic selected yeasts and organic sugar cane for the second fermentation, bottling in July 2014 and disgorgement in October 2017 with 2.5g of dosage using the un-fermented Chardonnay juice and the poignetage technique.

       

      

Les Illuminations Rosé Intense

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Meuniers

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Planted in 1971

Champagne

Saulchery

Les Chapelle

Sandy

Middle of September, 100% 2015

1,000 bottles​

12.20%

19 hours of maceration, indigenous yeasts, alcoholic and malolactic fermentation and aging in 3 years old used 228L Burgundy barrels. Second fermentation with organic selected yeasts and organic sugar bottled July 2016 and disgorged with no dosage in May 2018
Vintage: Hail and intense mildew pressure

       

      

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Les Dionysiaques

60 % MEUNIERS, 40% PINOT NOIR 10% CHARDONNAY
 

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Diverse from 1971 to 1989

Champagne

Saulchery, Charly sur Marne  

Les Chapelles, Les Boulards, Le Dessus des Ruelles

Sandy

Middle of September, 100% 2014 Harvest​

1,700 Bottles

12%

Native yeast fermentation and malolactic fermentation in wood, then aging in stainless steel to keep a vibrant Blanc de Noir style. Organic selected yeasts and organic sugar cane for the second fermentation, bottling in January 2015and disgorgement in October 2016 with 11g of dosage using organic MCR.

       

      

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Impressions

Pinot Meunier

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Planted in 1971

Champagne

Charly sur Marne 

Les Boulards 

Sandy

Middle of September, 100% 2016

2016

1,500 bottles​

12.65%

For this cuvee, Jerome kept the taille giving deeper color to the wine and a natural protection, native yeasts fermentation and full malolactic, aging for 11 months in new medium + toast 300L barrels, oak from the Vallée de la Marne, giving the wine a bit of smoky notes, for the second fermentation organic selected yeast and organic sugar cane bottled in July 2017 and disgorged in November 2018 without dosage.

      

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Pléiades Extra Brut

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Meuniers
 

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Planted in 1971 & 1989

Champagne

Saulchery 

Les Chapelle, Le Dessus des Ruelles

Mostly Sand

Middle of September, 100% 2013 Harvest

1,080 Bottles​

12%

Native yeast fermentation and malolactic fermentation in wood, then aging in stainless steel to keep a vibrant Blanc de Noir style. Organic selected yeasts and organic sugar cane for the second fermentation, bottling in July 2014 and disgorgement in May 2016 with 4g of dosage using the un-fermented Chardonnay juice.

Jerome names this cuvee Pleiades to represent the 7 different parcels of his domaine. The Pleiades in Greek mythology were the companions of Artemis, the seven daughters of the titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione born on Mount Cyllene.