Winter pruning in November after previous harvest entirely done by hand. Fixing the branch on iron wire for the winter resting time. When plant is active again, disbudding for better aeration and better quality yield. Sexual confusion: pheromone are released, preventing insects to mate, it averts the need of insecticide product (organic method). Once vegetation is grown, stripping the leaf on one side exposed to the rising sun to reduce and cancel the use of synthetic product (natural aeration optimized). 3 weeks prior harvest, tests with samples to get sugar/acidity/aromas content of each parcels to define the course of harvests on each parcels. Harvest are fully done by hand as per Champagne tradition.
Champagne enjoys aging in consistent cool dark storage. Stacks by hundreds or thousands, they wait quietly and benefit from the time spent there.
It takes 18 month, for our Fleur de Chardonnay and Rosé, and up to 3-4 years for our Vintage to mature.
Patience is a virtue that grants the best potential.
The press step
As soon as its harvest, clusters are deposited into a hydraulic pneumatic press. The facility and machineries must be impeccable to prevent any contamination. Each press generates a marc (must) that is monitored through a database labelled « press notebook ».
The Desautels Cuiret works essentially with stainless steel vats. They segment them into terroirs to respect and support each maturity and quality. The tanks are thermo-regulated and allows customized cares for each must. The blending of each cuvee comes at the end of both fermentation before being bottled for the last one. This step generates carbonic dioxide that will turn into the thinnest “champagne’s pearl necklace” in your glass. They need a lot of time to be the most refined. Patience is a virtue that grants a feast for the eyes. Thanks you Dom Perignon!
A unique terroir
Oger may be small in size (only 500 inhabitants) but its fame is worldwide renown as one of the 14 Grand Cru villages in Champagne and one of the only four in the Côtes des Blancs.
One of the few villages Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc, meaning that only Chardonnay is planted and used. Oger incarnates the best terroirs that all the major Maisons sourced their grapes for their premium cuvee.
Chardonnay : an exceptional varietal
Chardonnay brings refinement, freshness and a charismatic minerality. In order to keep these quality intact, the dosage is kept to a minimum.
The yield is very limited and highly under surveillance to maintain an elite level standards.