Eric Rodez in Ambonnay is a true artisan of his trade who is focussed on the art of terroir, old vines, oak integration and control of malo-lactic fermentation, producing a range of wines that showcase their particular origin.
Possessing 7 Ha of Grand Cru Vineyards, these old vine plantings are situated mid-slope with perfect exposure.
Divided into 35 plots split roughly 55/45 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Farming is ecolologically sympathetic and organic friendly farming is always preferred. Eric's background includes working in Burgundy (Domaine Rapet Pere et Fils), Beujolais and the Rhone for three years in his youth, and also worked for a year at Krug. Burgundy taught him much about oak fermentation and maturation and his work with Henri Krug re-inforced his ideas even further. Dosages are light 5-8gm/litre - and he uses RCGM(rectified concentrated grape must) not cane sugar. He does not use any fertilisers, herbicides or insecticides.
He also manages somehow to find time to be the mayor of Ambonnay! FYI the 'z' in Rodez IS pronounced, it is NOT silent.
Eric's Champagnes are always fully reserved and sold out- so stocks are always limited. Every cuvee is a stand out, and he is without doubt one of the leading lights of the Montagne de Reims