• 1985

    In 1985, Dominique took over a part of the family business; he then decided to change the common practices towards more sustainable approaches.
    He was already heading towards thought-through viticulture. He anticipated by adopting sustainable practices such as reducing the use of weed-killers.

  • 1990

    « Wine is a gift of nature ». Dominique keeps applying new methods in order to re-establish a natural equilibrium between the environment, the vineyard and the terroir.
    A few years later, an awareness grew regarding the negative effects of pesticides. The vine , considered to be as alive as the human body, is capable of  naturally fighting off illness if the natural-defense organisms present in the wine are preserved.
    Why should we put the vine through something we wouldn’t like to be put through ourselves?

  • 2000

    After 2000, Dominique decides to eradicate the use of weed-killers to let the nature run its course, and to let the wildlife come back (ladybirds, chrysopidae,…) and fight against spiders and caterpillars. "Letting the wildlife act" becomes the watchwords of the vineyard.
    He started to let the grass grow between the vines (out of respect to the topsoil and the reduction of erosion) but also re-worked with a horse-drawn ploughing.

  • 2006

    « The quality of any wine starts at the grapewine ».

    2006 saw the vineyard become entirely cover crops. At the same time, the Lelarge-Pugeot family is thinking about getting into organic farming. Indeed, the practices of thought-through viticulture show tremendous success over the years… 

  • 2010

    Concerns for future generations  the importance of letting nature do the work itself became common sense: In 2010, Champagne-Lelarge Pugeot began its shift to organic farming. Among the new organic alternatives, Dominique uses only trace elements, sulfur andcopper against vines related diseases.
    We use horses to plough in some plots in order to fight the compaction of the soil . The work in the vines is performed with precision. the  Lelarge-Pugeot family systematically practices the green harvesting and thinning of the vines.

  • 2012

    « Grow the best grapes to make the best champagne » « Good grapes will give good wine »
    This is especially for natural and authentic wines. The quality of the wine begins with the vines. Our philosophy brought us to become entirely organic. We have to look at the vines carefully, and pay a meticulous attention but also to study it.
    2012 marked the first 100% organic harvest. It was a success, even if 2012 was a tough year in general.
    Every year is a challenge; we have to let the vine express itself. Our beliefs are filled with our will to progress and gain knowledge from agrobiologists like Claude Bourguignon, soil specialist, Dominique Massenot (Hérody method) and Pierre MASSON for the biodynamic orientation.
    Also, with the « Chambre d’Agriculture » (Farm Bureau) and the CIVC (Champagne Committee), we started experiments on some plots.

  • 2013

    January 2013 was the first opportunity to taste our very first cuvée made from organic grapes. This cuvee will reach the market by the end of 2014.
    Right after the end of the 2012 harvest, we adopted new practices and this time, biodynamic practices such as the use of preparations, composts, decoction of plants and herb teas in order to minimize the use of copper. Indeed, copper stays a harmful product but it’s indispensable in the fight against mildew.
    We don’t make wine, we grow wine, and we pay attention to every single step of viticulture and winemaking in order to elaborate natural Champagnes that reflect the taste of the terroir and our know-how.