Laurent Benard La Cle Des Sept Arpents
The Bénard-Pitois family began their Champagne adventure in 1878 and have been improving the cultivation of the soil and the vine as well as the quality of the wine ever since. Michelle and Laurent Bénard-Pitois, who are third generation of wine farmers, considered organic farming already in the 1990's and carried out the first tests followed by ECOCERT (international certification) on one hectare of land in 1995. In 2009 the conversion took off and has reached 2.5 hectares cultivated according to the AB specifications today Moreover, since 2012, the work with the wine has obtained organic certification. The future generations Bénard will follow the choice and, in turn, live and work respecting this inheritance. Laurent Bénard, an engineer, has a personal approach to Champagne reflecting his sensitivity and his values. It was obvious that the champagne should be named after him! Our traditional plowing makes the vine root as deep as possible to find nutrients. In this way, the exchange between the vine and the soil is more important which makes the grapes richer and adds a delicious balance to the wine. A natural and static settling allows us to maintain a maximum of natural yeast. We do not add sulphites and our wines are matured in oak barrels in order to enjoy what the wood can add to the wine.