A. Levasseur – Ratafia de Champagne
Producer: Champagne Albert Levasseur
Region: Marne | Champagne
A. Levasseur – Ratafia de Champagne is not often seen in the ~UK and this one particularly is made in very small amounts, normally just for locals to the Levasseur Vineyard so we feel quite privileged to be offering it and we don’t have many so be quick. It is a truly delicious drink, not technically wine, more of a spirit but we bought the Levasseur Champagnes and were so impressed by this we thought we would offer few for Christmas. Perfect with Italian biscotti, Pandora, Panettone and other European style deserts. A beautiful drink indeed and something special to have at the table.
Ratafia de Champagne contains added sulphites. Read more.
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“I like to compare my job to that of a chef as for when I am making my Champagne it is just like I am cooking with ingredients.”
Champagne Albert Levasseur is a very small vineyard set up by David’s grandparents in 1944. They only have 4.2 hectares of vines that are now farmed by David Levasseur. David Levasseur is a passionate nonconformist. His micro-grower Champagne house, vineyards planted by his grandfather in the 1940s, produces 35,000 bottles per year from only his own organic grapes, grown across 4 hectares of plots in and around Cuchery and Châtillon-sur-Marne. Here in the heart of the Montagne de Reims national park, David has embarked on a sensory journey to unpick the intricate terroir of his little corner of Champagne, while giving a leading role to Pinot Meunier, often the supporting act.
Champagne Albert Levasseur is a very small grower set up by David’s grandparents in 1944, with only 4.2 hectares of vines farmed by David since 2003.
“In the nineties, my father gradually passed on his knowledge and his heritage to me, and I became independent as from 2003. Full of ambitions, I could bring a new way in the viticulture follow-up and the company management, but also my vision of champagne: a product mainly evoking meetings and awakening senses… CThen I decided to have a space built, dedicated to welcome you and invite you to some friendly and funny tasting sessions of champagnes Albert Levasseur. Turning our vineyard into my so-called playground, I decided to buy more plots in Châtillon-sur-Marne. So, our vineyard is now composed with 4.20 hectares spread on 18 plots in villages like Cuchery, Châtillon-sur-Marne, or Fleury-la-Rivière. Advanced equipment joined the estate to work on a finer mastering of the wines (thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks, new winepress).
Growing up in traditional viticulture, I was able to mix such methods with precise technology. Today sustainable viticulture is optimized via a computerized follow-up of the plots. We let grass grow partially in the vines. I also bring organic fertilizers to better treat the soils of the current 4.20 hectares of our vineyard. In the winery, thanks to the purchase of thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks, I have the freedom to vinify grape varieties, pruning operations and plots in a separate way. My will? It’s to offer you a champagne wine for enjoyment. Our estate allows me to imagine champagnes according to the harvest and my fancies, my vineyard and my winery have indeed become my playground. ”
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