Often in the region of Champagne, from the hands of matrimony stems the joining not only of two people but plots of vineyard land as well. In 1997, Stéphanie Hubert and Olivier Waris were wed.
Stéphanie & Olivier are each the fourth generation of grape growing families in Avize, a Grand Cru-classified village of the Côte des Blancs. Thus was born the estate of Waris-Hubert, with vineyards in the villages of Avize, Oger, Cramant, Chouilly and Aÿ, all classified “Grand Cru”, along with the communes of Grauves, Bisseuil and Sézanne, terroirs of character. Together this is an exceptional collection of vineyards, in all a total of 11 hectares (26 acres).
|Appellation(s)||Côte des Blancs|
|Proprietors||Olivier & Stephanie Waris-Hubert|
|Annual Production||5,000 9L cases|
|Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic)||Sustainable|
Waris-Hubert has vineyard plots in 5 of the 17 Grand Cru villages. Avize, Oger, Cramant, and Chouilly are on the Côte des Blancs. Aÿ, known for Pinot Noir, is located just north of the Côte des Blancs in the Vallée de la Marne.
Overseeing every stage of their champagne production, Stéphanie and Olivier practice “viticulture raisonnée” or rational viticulture, a practice of protecting the environment, human health and animal welfare, like “sustainable agriculture” in the US. They take their role as stewards of their land very seriously.
At harvest, each plot is vinified separately in stainless steel tanks. They want to be able to blend the best attributes and flavors of the Côte des Blancs, the Sézannais and the Vallée de la Marne.
Every cuvée of Champagne Waris-Hubert benefits from cold settling for 72 hours and low-temperature fermentation. Once the alcoholic fermentation is over, the wines are aged on lees for one month, whereupon they are racked and allowed to commence malolactic fermentation. These stages contribute to the refinement of the flavors and finesse of Waris-Hubert Champagnes.
The house style is to express freshness of fruit and easy drinkability with minerality and refined structure. These are Champagnes that both the novice and the experienced taster will enjoy.
|Wine||Blend||Vine Age||Soil Type||Vineyard Area ha or acres|
|Total = 11 ha|
|Rosé||Chardonnay (85%), Pinot Noir (15%)|
|Armorial||Pinot Noir||35 year average in 2015||Sandy calcerous|
|Albescent||Chardonnay||25 year average in 2015||Calcerous & clay|
|Lilyale||Chardonnay||25 year average in 2015||Calcerous & clay|
|Blanche||Chardonnay||35 year average in 2015||Calcerous & clay|
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