Fossoy, Vallée de la Marne, Champagne
13ha. under vine (3ha. used for own wines)
The Déhu family have been growing grapes in Fossoy since 1787. In 1968 the estate joined the local cooperative, but have always been dedicated to sustainable and organic farming and production. Benoit, the 8th generation of winemaker at the estate, took over in 2000 after studying in Burgundy and working at Bollinger.
In 2010 the process of converted 3 ha. of the family’s land, with a massale selection of Pinot Meunier and a Pommard clone of Pinot Noir, to biodynamics was started.
To keep all aspects of production separate from the family house, Benoit uses his own pneumatic press and has designed and built his own cellar. All wines undergo fermentation and ageing in oak barrels. Around a third of the barrels are produced by the local Cooper, from wood coming out of the forest of Fossoy above the Déhu vineyards. No wine goes through malolactic fermentation, prevented by a hospital grade air filtration system.