Champagne Etienne Calsac is approximately 3 hectares of vines spread across three villages, two in the Côte des Blancs (Avize and Grauves), and one in the Grande Vallée de la Marne (Bisseuil). In 2010, Etienne began producing his own champagnes as he took over his family’s estate. For multiple generations Etienne’s family rented their vineyards to large négociant houses. At only 26 years of age, Etienne decided it was time to make a change, to build his own winemaking facility, and fulfill his ambition to express his family’s years of vineyard work by creating true terroir driven champagnes.
Etienne owns and farms 1.5 hectares of chardonnay in the 1er cru village of Bisseuil in the Grande Vallée de la Marne. These vines lie in one south-east facing, chalk dominated and sunny lieu-dit named Les Rocheforts. In Grauves, he owns 1.17 hectares of vines. 1 hectare of his vines lie in the clay dominated soils of the lieu-dit Les Martinières. Les Martinières is a beautiful, cool, and late ripening parcel planted by his grandfather. The vines range from 30 to 50 years in age and face northwest. Finally and most impressive is their 0.16 hectare monopole Clos des Maladries located in the Grand Cru village of Avize. A true clos, the parcel is seperated from other vines in the village by a stone wall enclosure, and is so small that the vines are worked by horse as a tractor can not fit through the entrance. The clos was planted by his grandfather in the 1970s and sits in his grandparents’ backyard.
In the vineyard Etienne works following organic principles. In the cellar Etienne vinifies each parcel separately in order to highlight the differences between the crus before blending them together as he sees fit. Champagne Etienne Calsac are terroir-expressive champagnes focused on highlighting chardonnay’s elegance and purity.