From the origins ...
Founded in the village of Cumières in 1872 by Lucien Leclerc, the business moved, in 1955, to the premises it still occupies today in Chemin de la Chaude Ruelle in Epernay. It was also at this time, thanks to the dynamism of Bertrand Leclerc, the great grandson of the founder, and of his wife Jacqueline Briant, that the estate-based business changed its status to that of a Maison de Negoce or trading house.
Leclerc Briant - A little look inside..
The vineyard estate includes one tiny plot, called La Croisette, right in the heart of Epernay. It is tended with the care and attention usually only given to a much loved garden and today it produces one of the most outstanding champagnes in the House’s ‘Sélections Parcellaires’ (single vineyard) range.
Modern but classical style
The winery itself has been redesigned in a strikingly modern style that creates an almost monastic ambiance. None but positive vibrations are allowed within these walls where an array of containers of all shapes and materials can be found. Each imparts its own particular influence on the wines and plays a part in the search for harmony.Deep underground, in cellars more than a kilometre in length, where the changing seasons pass by unnoticed, lies the House's precious stock of bottles. Here, 35 metres below the surface, the conditions are ideal for the champagne to age for many a long year. In aisle upon aisle the bottles are ranged in stack after stack each one bearing the name of one or the other of the cuvees.
The House of Leclerc Briant was one of the pioneers of biodynamics in Champagne. As early as the end of the 1950s Bertrand Leclerc was spreading the word about biodynamics to his family and practicing what he preached in his vineyards. It was his son Pascal, the fifth generation of Leclercs, who set about obtaining the first full certifications.A profound respect for Nature and for the terroirs have always been of overriding importance at Leclerc Briant and now the entire vineyard is certified as organic and biodynamic. In addition, all the champagnes released onto the market are certified as vegan.
To the vines, special care and attention
Today that estate covers 14 hectares most of which are classified as Grand Cru (Mailly, Le Mesnil) and Premier Cru (Hautvillers, Cumières, Mareuil sur Aÿ, Bisseuil, Rilly la Montagne, Villers-Allerand and Trépail). In addition to grapes from its own estate Leclerc Briant also purchases grapes from a few vignerons who are certified as organic or biodynamic, loyal and passionate friends, very attached to the family spirit and to the Cardinal Values of the House, Respect and Singularity.