Margot took over the tiny family estate in 2015, which consists of 2.5 hectares split into nine plots of chardonnay and pinot noir…
located primarily in the Val du Petit Morin, south of Épernay near the village of Beaunay, as well as some pinot meunier plots in the Marne Valley. Beaunay is located in the northern part of the Val du Petit Morin in the Côte des Blancs, south of a small forest which separates it from the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay area. The region’s name comes from the Petit Morin river, which has its source in the Val-des-Marais commune. The Petit Morin river continues west and empties into the Marne. Soils in Beaunay are clay over a chalky subsoil, which lend to the wines a roundness and full-bodied structure, as well as a natural salinity and minerality, which produces structured, textural chardonnays and is particularly suited to pinot noir.
“In the middle of the 20th century, our grandmother Arlette, then a young widow, turned out to be a strong and ambitious woman who managed the family vineyards alone for twenty-five years. She sold her grapes to Vranken Pommery, as did our mother after her. When we reflect on the achievements of our grandmother, we are still amazed. Beyond the physical difficulty of the task, the real obstacle had to be overcoming the mentality of the time. One can hardly imagine the difficulties she had to go through in this environment where the front of the stage was largely occupied by men. Today, we celebrate our grandmother’s story with great pride. To honor her memory, we decided to produce our own wine in 2017.”
First, she had to find a way to vinify her wine because Oudiette x Filles started as growers with only vines and no winery. Margot knocked on several doors before finding the Coopérative Vinicole la Grappe d’Or in Vert-Toulon, which gave the young winemaker the opportunity to vinify her wine separately while benefiting from the latest tools, including a state of the art Coquard basket press. Beyond the workspace, she found an environment where other young growers were able to experience an exchange of knowledge between generations, sharing experiences and tools, a more ecological way of working. Furthermore, she was and continues to be inspired by the terroir work and transparency of growers like Frederick Savart and Marguet.