With vineyards in Ambonnay and Bouzy in the south of the Montagne de Reims, Marie-Noelle Ledru is a rare breed of female vigneron (she refers to herself as a 'viticulturice'). As a civil servant, she inherited the property from her parents who retired in 1984.The philosophy is to use no insecticide, and if treatments are necessary, only environment friendly options are considered.
Ambonnay is Pinot Noir country, all about power and weight and fruit. Intense and rich, with macerated red fruit flavours, strawberries and cherries. Ambonnay is not an aperitif style Champagne, much more suited to tuna, quail, game and veal. Good Ambonnay has the richness and acid edge to cut through richer foods, and the length on the palate is supreme.
Ledru have 6 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot noir spanning Ambonnay and Bouzy, with Chardonnay having an average age of 40 years. The style is vinous with Pinot Noir at least 85% dominating. The wines have body and structure to support cellar ageing.Any passionate champagne supporter who likes great vinous Ambonnay can only fall in love with the wines from Marie-Noelle. She makes no concessions to the modern style of today, allowing the rich terroir to speak for itself.