Established in 1872 and now 36ha in size, with 22ha of vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Avize, Oger and Cramant, and 14ha of vines in Sezanne. 22ha is bottled by the family while the remainder is sold off. Viticulture is all certified organic.
Average vine age is high, and picking here is always a week later than other growers, as they search for full ripeness and maturity. The vinification style is classic in flat-bottomed stainless steel tanks; and leaving the wines to enrich on their lees for much longer than usual.
Bernard Launois is one of the best producers in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, many journalists say he is the best after Salon. Launois really made their mark at Richard Juhlin’s Millennium Tasting in 1999, which rated the best 100 Champagnes of the 20th century. The Launois 1990 Special Club was rated as the “Best 1990”, beating the likes of Selosses, Salon, Cristal etc.
The style at Launois is at the richer end of the spectrum, with longer lees contact.