Emmanuel Lassaigne owns a small holding (3.5ha) of old vine chardonnay, in the isolated village of Montgueux to the west of Troyes, also complementing this by buying grapes from trusted sources – 2.5ha of old vines planted on the slopes where he doesn’t own vineyards in the village.
In the vineyards biodiversity and healthy soils are paramount for Manu. Grass is allowed to grow and then pinned down with a rolofaca to create a mulch, the soils are lightly worked by hand 'sous le rang' only, and a good proportion of the vines are weaved as opposed to trimmed. He works only with old vines and in the winery each parcel of grapes is kept separate, sulphur is added only at the press, most of his wines are cuve aged (a small proportion of oak is used to benefit texture in LVDM and Le Cotet). He doesn’t fine or filter, uses a very low 20mg/l for the secondary fermentation, disgorges by hand and adds no dosage. “The only goal here is to catch and keep the aromas of the terroir, that’s the sole focus”.