In his late twenties, Yann Vadin now runs the 7ha estate of Vadin-Plateau with vineyards spread over 100 different parcels in the fine Premier Cru of Cumières to the north of Epernay and six other villages such as Ay, Damery, and Hautvillers. Convinced that the way forward was to produce champagnes from specific villages and terroirs, he is now producing a separate range to the domaine’s traditional wines (which in time will be phased out). We have selected two cuvées from this new range, Renaissance and Bois des Jots, both from vineyards in Cumières. Ploughing the soils and working organically has helped to produce wines with incredible purity, depth and resonance. Fermentation and initial ageing have been trialled with amphoras, cement eggs, and oak, and Yann prefers an extended period of bottle age.
Yann produced this champagne from 40yo vines in Cumières. Made 80% from 2016 and 20% from 2015, it was cuve aged with no malos (not blocked by sulphur) and was neither fined nor filtered. The champagne has a fine bead (just 22 g/l sugar for the fermentation in bottle), a beautiful floral, mineral nose, excellent depth and weight of attractive red fruits on the palate, with a well-judged dosage of 3g/l.