Valerie Frison

Valerie Frison – Val Frison, Ville sur Arce

Valerie Frison is not only genuinely charming and cool. This sparkling lady also makes some really tasty bubbles. She started growing grapes in 1996 when she got the possibility to take over 1 hectares from her family estate.

Val Frison

After a few years in the world of grapes she took a trip to Alsace to visit some other winemakers and quickly realized that you can make better wine if taking good care of your soil. So in 2003 she went back, got herself some more land and converted her vineyards to organic farming. In 2007 Val decided not to sell her grapes to ’the bigger guys’ and made her first own wine.

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Ville sur Arce is in the south part of Champagne. Here she runs 6 hectares of vineyards planted with 93% of Pinot Noir and 7% of Chardonnay. The wines are made with ripe grapes and low yields (in relation to the region). She doesn’t do blending, making each cuvée reflect the vintage and they are also made without dosage. Val is extremely careful to ensure that the wines are able to express the typical terroir.

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The wines are are on the elegant fruity and pure side of what the region has to offer.
Therewith a lot of small, very fine bubbles.

2013 Goustan Blanc de Noirs
Soil: Portlandian limestone.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Appellation: AOC Champagne
Age of Vines: 15-30 years
Yields: 40-50 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and aging on old oak barrels before bottling with a bit of yeast and sugar in summer 2014 to start a second fermentation. It was then left on the lees 18 months before disgorgement.


2013 Lalore Bldbl
Soil: Portlandian limestone.
Grape: Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Champagne
Age of Vines: 20-25 years
Yields: 30-40 hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and aging on old oak barrels before bottling with a bit of yeast and sugar in summer 2014 to start a second fermentation. It was then left on the lees 18 months before disgorgement.


2013 Portlandia

Soil: Portlandian limestone with a high proportion of chalk.
Grape: 75 % Pinot noir 25 % Chardonnay
Appellation: AOC Champagne
Age of Vines: 30 years
Yields: 45hl/ha

Vinification: Direct press before fermenting and aging on old oak barrels before bottling with a bit of yeast and sugar in summer 2014 to start a second fermentation. It was then left on the lees 24 months before disgorgement.