Etienne Calsac

Champagne / France

At A Glance


Etienne Calsac


Champagne (Côte des Blancs)





Their Story

“Like the earth, wine is a living product. Plowing the soil and planting cover crops are the techniques that allow the terroir to best express itself. The roots of the vines descend deeply into the earth to search for the elements that give the grapes their unique character.” — Etienne Calsac

Etienne grew up in Reims where his parents lived and often found himself spending time with his grandparents in Avize. At the age of 15, Etienne studied at the Viticole school in Avize for 5 years and later went on to do internships in California, Canada, and New Zealand. Etienne later worked alongside Bruno Paillard in Reims as Assistant Winemaker.

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Clos des Maladreries sits behind Etienne's grandparents' home in the Grand Cru village of Avize and was planted by his grandfather.

In 2010 Etienne took over his grandparents’ vineyards which spread approximately 2.8 hectares in three villages: the villages of Avize and Grauves in the Cote de Blancs and Bisseuil in the Marne Valley. Most impressive is their monopole ‘Clos des Maladreries’ in Avize which is very rare in Champagne. Each parcel is vinified separately in order to highlight the differences between the crus, and to allow them to be blended together as Etienne sees fit.

“My family has owned vines for a long time, but we haven’t made wine since my grandfather retired. Therefore I had to recreate a domaine.” — Etienne Calsac

Interview with Etienne Calsac of Champagne Etienne Calsac

Where were you born and raised? I was born and raised in Champagne. I grew up in Reims where my parents lived and I went very often to see my grandparents in Avize If you could briefly describe your approach in the vineyard what would it be? My approach is “terroir.” Each parcel is vinified separately, all of my soils are worked. The soils are living and are a reflection of the wines. They must be respected. What excites you most about your vineyards? I find it fascinating that the vines are a vector of a product that always accompanies moments of pleasure. Making wine is a true achievement. I often have happy thoughts for my bottles when they leave the domaine, I always wonder who will drink them and under what circumstances, etc. If you could say one thing to the sommeliers who are introducing people to your wines for the first time, what would it be? That this is a terroir driven Champagne, authentically made by a passionate Champenois. Winemaker/Grower Champagne are rare products. What is your favorite type of music? I like many kinds of music. If you could have any superhero power, what would you choose? I would like my cells to regenerate faster during celebrations [drinking parties]! Visit Etienne Calsac Website