domaine de bichery

Domaine de Bichery, Neuville-sür-Seine

This adventure started when Rapahaël Picconet took over a part of his family Domaine in 2013. This had been his dream for quite a while, so he was ready, educated oenologist and all.

 But he needed some help, so he dived into this together with his wife Hannah, and side by side they select the best grapes to capture the terroirs that they have. Their first vintage is 2015, this was the year when they had their small vinery ready and extremely good grape quality, so they decided to give it a go.

 The vineyards is spread out over two villages, Neuville sur Seine and Gyé sur Seine, in Côte des Bar, southern parts of Champagne. The wines are made of ripe, carefully selected grapes with low yields (in relation to the region). They don’t blend vintages or terroirs, making each cuvée reflect the one vintage and parcel it springs from..

The wines are intense in both fruit, mineral, creamyness with a very fresh finish and fine bubbles.

2015 La Source Extra Brut

Soil: Portlandian limestone.
Grape: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Champagne
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 40-50 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and ageing in 40% old oak barrels and 60% stainless steel tanks before bottling with a bit of yeast and sugar in early spring 2016 to start a second fermentation. It was then left on the lees 24 months before disgorgement in March 2018.


2015 Les Fontaines Brut

Soil: Portlandian limestone with a high proportion of chalk
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Champagne
Age of Vines: 35 years
Yields: 45 hl/ha

Vinification: A few hours of maceration before pressing and fermentation and ageing in 40% old oak barrels and 60% stainless steel tanks before bottling with a bit of yeast and sugar in early spring 2016 to start a second fermentation. It was then left on the lees 24 months before disgorgement in March 2018. 7 gr/l dosage.