Hélène and Benoît COCTEAUX are both wine growers and wine producers. From their estate, settled in the South of Epernay, the capital town of the Champagne region, they draw off a solar Chardonnay : fruity, soft and round. They are both strongly attached to the family production and to the quality and special skills which the independent Winemakers Confederation they belong to are famous for. The Cocteaux Champagne House is also a man-sized estate, whose priority is to satisfy their customers in search of a pleasurable champagne.
Our emblem : the royal eagle. As a symbol of the nobility of our champagnes as well as of our family know-how, the royal eagle is our emblem, passed on from father to son. With its wings spread, it emphasizes the amplitude and elegant suppleness of our wines. Along with the Pinot Noirs and Meuniers, our Chardonnays predominantly make up our range of wines. Thanks to the typical soil whose kings they are – South of la Côte des Blancs, and after a 2 or 3 year-ageing in cellars, they convey mature aromas. When flying over our sunny vineyards which cover about 200 kms (from the Aube to the Marne valley), its sharp eye reflects the golden glints of our grape varieties. We harvest them by using the most precise methods when they are at their best.
Benoît's great-grandfather is from Avenay Val d'Or and Aÿ, the birhplace of the champagne region where he worked, and after him the following generations. Eugène Cocteaux, his grand- father moved to settle in a village located in the south of « les Coteaux d'Epernay », Montgenost, where he was born. He passed his vineyard on to his daughter and to his son Michel Cocteaux who in turn became a winegrower and wine producer. From his youngest years, Benoît took part in the making of the family champagne. He immediately fell in love with the job and studied at the Lycée viticole in Avize. He was first employed by his father and also became a winegrower and wive producer. His first harvest declaration was in 1966 with the Grande Réserve Chardonnay « our Blanc de Blancs aged in cellars for 3 years ».
Both of Hélène's parents, Luc Bourmault and Isabelle Rivière, come from families of winegrowers. They inherited the vineyard from their respective winegrowers line, in the villages of Saudoy, Barbonne-Fayel, Cramant and Cuis. Hélène was raised in Saudoy, in the Coteaux Sézannais of La Côte des Blancs. After having finished business studies then a year spent in the USA, she worked in the tourist industry. When they met in 2003, Hélène and Benoît subsequently created their own brand of champagne : « this is where both of our wine-producing heritages happened to meet : our origins, our knowledge of the wine producing region, south of the Côte des Blancs and our identity as wine-growers and producers ».
“Our fifty year-old vineyard represents 7 acres. It is made up of several plots located around the two villages of Montgenost and Verpillères-sur-Ource and also Cerseuil. Three grape varieties bloom there : the majority is Chardonnay completed by black varieties (Pinot Noir in particular).
Our Champagne House is situated in Montgenost, a village located on the Coteaux du Sézannais to the south of la Côte des Blancs. In view of this geagraphical situation, we are the first village to start the harvest. The ageing of our Chardonnays is good which lets them develop fine aromas of toasted bread, honey and wood which tend to smell like citrus fruit and apricots…“
“As Producers and Wine makers, we conduct all the stages of wine-making ourselves. We never appeal to any outside sources. Benoît supervises himself the whole wine-making process for a full traceability of our champagne wines.“
“Our vineyard spreads over 200 kms. We see to keeping our vineyard irreproachably healthy by restricting at the most non natural external additives. We work in an organic way and prefer using soil improvers rather than pesticides.“
“Everyday gives us, and Benoît in particular, a new opportunity to improve our productive system. It is essential to be on the field, to work in the vineyard in order to obtain perfect grapes, and consequently good wines. Our vats are thermo-regulated for an optimal alcoholic fermentation. We use cold settling and malolactic fermentation during the alcoholic fermentation for a more energetic wine.“
“The geographical situation of our vineyard is an incentive to divide the plots into vats. This is how Benoît obtains a range of aromas which enables us to make our blends after vinification. Our absolute will is to reach a fair balance. We look after each and every one of our vats : depending on the plot and the age of their vines, the ageing potential is different.“