A great champagne can only be made with high-quality grapes. And high-quality grapes go hand in hand with a high-quality terroir:
Our champagnes are the mirror image of our terroir and it is our duty to respect this. We live alongside nature – its biodiversity, the soil, the water. Our joining the HVE certification (High Environmental Value) is an added-value factor in our commitment to protecting natural resources.
A FAMILY STORY
The Robert Champagne Estate is above all a family business. The ROBERT family have been cultivating vines for several generations.
Henri ROBERT (1881-1948) began working on vineyards after the 1st World War when vines were planted “en foule”. In the 1930s he established the first group of wine-farmers in order to share equipment needed for pressing and wine-making.
At the start of the 2nd World War, André ROBERT (born in 1925) began to work in the vineyard with the use of a horse. In 1960 he bought the Estate as it is today with its amazing chalk-stone cellars for ageing dating back to the 19th century – and began to sell his own bottled champagne in 1962.
Bathed in the world of champagne throughout his childhood, Bertrand ROBERT took over the estate in 1961, with his wife Colette joining him in 1990.
CREATING BLENDS: THE HEART OF OUR PASSION
Each year we create a new vintage, just like a painter creating a new painting.
”The primary colour of my paintings is the Chardonnay wine bringing elegance, freshness and race to our champagnes. I then add spots, dashes of different colours thanks to Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier in addition to blending the 6 different plots that we exploit. Each plot and each grape variety adds character and originality to the final work of art”.
Each painting is unique and different but all reflect the same way of thinking of the ROBERT family.
The ”Côte des Blancs” (the Limestone Hills), and more precisely the village of Mesnil sur Oger, is a chalky cliff perpendicular the Mountain of Reims. This area, south of Epernay, owes its complexity to the mosaic of small plots conducive to optimal expression of the Chardonnay grape. Limestone appears here and there on the surface forming an invaluable underground water and heat reserve.
Poor soil, ever-present limestone, vineyards located on the hill slopes make Mesnil sur Oger Grand Cru champagnes the most appreciated of the Côte des Blancs region.