We came across young Alexandre Lamblot in January of 2020 after visiting his neighbor Jerôme Prévost. While Alexandre’s tiny cellar is located in Janvry, his domaine is created from the small plots he has in the villages of Vrigny and Gueux in the northern most part of Montagne de Reims. During our visit, we learn that Alexandre has just began releasing his first wines, while the juice of his 2019 harvest quietly rests in barrels.
Upon arriving, we immediately jump in his van and make our way to see the vines. This is where Alexandre lights up as he shows just why a grower like Jerôme Prévost would recommend we spend some time with him. Alexandre’s vines are filled with love, as you can clearly see the attention he spends on each of his parcels. As we jump from parcel to parcel, Alexandre explains his philosophies of grape growing and land nurturing :
After seeing the vines and listening to Alexandre explain the terroirs in which he works, we head back to the cellar itching to taste his vins clairs.
The cellar is small, possibly the smallest we have come across in Champagne. We taste through each of his barrels, tanks, and aging vessels. The vins clairs are impressive! As we ask Alexandre countless number of questions, he begins becoming as excited about this possible relationship as we are, he explains his cellar philosophies :
We step into the room right next to where the barrels are peacefully resting and taste the wines he may or may not have to sell. Intuition Nature is the wine of the domaine. It is the cuvée which presents different plots of the village of Vrigny. All three of Vrigny’s grape varieties are present in the cuvée – Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. We then taste the single parcel Les Côtes Cheries. We remind ourselves that we just left a lengthy tasting with Jerôme Prévost who is certainly the master of Gueux and arguably the master of Meunier. Well, Alexandre’s representation of the village of Gueux was beyond thrilling. The cuvée is of one parcel planted in 1984 in the lieu-dit Les Côtes Cheries in the village of Gueux. The wine rested under cork during its time sur lattes, sees no dosage, and is of course, disgorged by hand. After a few hours with Alexandre, listening to his vision for the domaine and tasting both his current releases and his vin claires, we are thrilled to be his first importer in the USA and can not wait to share his wines and share his story.