The chardonnay for Barrat-Massonâ€™s â€œfleur de craieâ€ is grown on chalky soils. It displays great aromatic complexity and finesse, with hints of pear, white flowers, and roasted nuts. A vibrant champagne with a quiet intensity.Â
Champagne Barrat-Masson is the project of Aurelie Barrat and Loic Masson, a wife and husband team who farm seven hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in on the slopes of the Sezannais in Champagneâ€™s Cote de Sezanne region.
In 2005, Loic took over the family farm in Bethon, and promptly began to replace conventional herbicides with organic treatments and vineyard practices. Supported by Aurelie, a trained oeonologist, Loic had fully committed his vineyards to organic winegrowing by 2009. Presently, the wines of Barrat-Masson are certified organic by Ecocert. Soon thereafter, they renovated several buildings on the family farm, and installed a wine press (Coquard), vat room and cellars for aging their wines.
At Barrat-Masson, the quality of the grapes is paramount, and for this reason Loicâ€™s work and attention to detail in the vineyard is paramount. With healthy grapes harvested at optimum ripeness, Aurelie then takes over; expert winemaking conducted in a manner to be as minimally intrusive as possible. Each parcel is vinified separately in either stainless steel tank or barrel (demi-muid), and special attention is paid towards working with the Coeur de Cuvee, or the first press of the juice from the incoming harvest. This enables Aurelie to have a detailed vision of each the domaineâ€™s parcels in order to perform precise blends that will ensure wines of character over time.
Loicâ€™s experience, combined with Aurelieâ€™s knowledge and technical precision allow Barrat-Masson Champagnes to achieve a level of intensity, sophistication and authenticity that communicate the terroir of the Cote de Sezanne and the grandeur of Champagne.