Spotlight on a unique estate in Champagne
Mandois has been a family firm since 1735, and 9th generation Claude Mandois took up the company reins in 1988.
The lucky owner of a 40-ha vineyard extending across some of the finest land in Chardonnay, and whose villages enjoy the premier cru appellation (Pierry and Vertus) and Grand Cru in the case of Chouilly, Claude Mandois heads up one of the few independent family firms capable of covering 70% of its grape supplies.
The estate is made up of 70% Chardonnay, 15% pinot noir and 15% pinot meunier. The 18th century cellars located under the nave of the village church in Pierry attract flocks of Champagne aficionados every year.
Not forgetting the 1.5-ha “Clos” in the centre of the estate.
This jewel consists in old pinot meunier vines planted in 1955, giving life to an exceptional cuvee of which only 4000 bottles are produced. The secret? Perfect maturity, ageing in oak barrels for at least 10 years, plus a sprinkling of magic.
The Mandois Style
Expressive and generous, with minimal dosage, the cuvees produced by Champagnes Mandois reflect an elegant “House” style.
Its Brut Zéro, born of a partnership with the greatest Grands Chefs from the association of Bocuse d’Or Winners, is served at the finest restaurants and is specially dedicated to gastronomy.
Zero dosage, the cuvee is preserved for 5 years on its lees, and features incomparable volume with a long finish reminiscent of fresh plum.