A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from the Cote des Blancs and Vallee de la Marne, this is the domaine's entry level champagne, perfect for any occasion. Its aromas and flavors of red fruits, hazelnuts and almonds are balanced by a pleasant liveliness.
TheÂ ChampagneÂ region, like that of Burgundy, has manyÂ producersÂ with double-barreled names. These names usually occur when the offspring of oneÂ producerÂ marries another, creating a new identity for certain parcels of vines passed on by the parents. Voirin-Jumel, a recoltant manipulant located in the grand cru village Cramant, is one example of this.
Jean Voirin, who owned some vines and sold all his grapes in bulk, decided to begin bottling his own champagne at the end of World War II. The Jumel family started producing champagne around the same timeframe Jumel had a transport business and his wife's family had some vines that they cultivated. As the champagne market grew, RenÃ© began selling some of his trucks and buying vineyards around the Cote des Blancs, which his wife, Paulette Richomme, worked and oversaw.Â Â In the early 1970â€™s, Francoise Jumel (daughter of Paulette and RenÃ©) began bottling champagne with her husband Gilles Voirin under the name Voirin-Jumel. That year they sold nearly 10,000 bottles.
Today,Â Francoise's children, Patrick and Alice, along with Patrick's wife Valerie, run the domaine.Â It is a true family affair, and they own 11 hectares of vines in 11 different villages.