“Here is a grower out of the ordinary! With Beaufort you get not neutrality but an exalted, aromatic Pinot Noir, whether from Ambonnay or the l’Aube. The natural expression of his wines will remind older fans of the incomparable Champagne that prevailed before the adoption of industrial agriculture…” —Bettane and Desseauve
Established in 1933 by Andre Beaufort and run today by the inspirational Jacques Beaufort. They possess 7 hectares of vineyards of prime sites in Ambonnay with a few parcels in the Aube. Estate vineyards, on average, are about 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.
In 1969, agriculture nearly cost Jacques his life. The persistent use of synthetic pesticides and herbicides in the vineyards made him gravely ill. Less than two years later he converted completely to organic viticulture, and since then has carried on a thoughtful yet passionate campaign for the complete eradication of chemicals in winemaking.
Jacques makes his own compost from plant and animal sources. He avoids the use of copper and sulfur in the vineyard, as he believes they upset the natural balance of flora and fauna in the fields, using instead his own homeopathic teas and essential oils. Wines are fermented on natural yeasts, and each unique bottle is aged on its fine lees for as long as possible before disgorgement.