Montgueux is a remarkable wine region- totally unique in its structural make up. Classified as being in the Cote des Bars region but in fact has little in common with that Pinot producing area. Montgueux is a tiny hill of pure chalk 100kms south of Epernay. The oenologist Daniel Thibault from Charles Heidsieck described Montgueux as ‘the Montrachet of the Champagne country’ as it has south east facing slopes planted virtually all to Chardonnay. The chalk sub-soil is from the cretaceous period unlike the kimmiridgian clay found in the rest of the Cote des Bars, and its soil is 15 million years older than that on the Cote des Blancs.
All of these elements combined allow for perfect ripening with appropriate levels of moisture. More than 50% of all fruit grown in the village are sold off to the likes of Louis Roederer, Charles and Piper Heidsieck, amongst others. The big houses are more than happy to pay premium prices for Montgueux grapes. This is one of the biggest secrets in all of Champagne.
Jacques Lassaigne was established in the sixties, and today his two sons, Emmanuel and Ludovic oversee the entire process. 100% Chardonnay is produced and they aim to seek different styles in their wines – not tiers. They are fastidious about all methods of viticulture and production in regards to quality. Natural yeasts are used where possible, minimal fining and no filtration, with lower levels of sulphur and minimal dosage.