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Jean-Pierre Ellner

CHAMPAGNE ELLNER SASFounded at the beginning of 1900, The House Charles Ellner, is managed today by the 3rd generation whereas the 4th has already taken a very active part in it since several years. The family moved forward very fast and developed the company in a significant way, but was always very concerned about preserving the same family identity and know-how. For memory, at the beginning of the last century, Charles Emile Ellner founded the house. He was then assisted by is only son Pierre, with whom the adventure started. Pierre transmitted to his sons his passion for the vineyard and for wine. Michel more involved in the vineyard was very often standing by his father’s side building together today’s properties. He was followed by his two sons, Arnaud, the actual cellars master and Frederic, director of the vineyard. Jean-Pierre is now the President of the company. The vineyard covers a total surface of 50 hectares spread over 15 different locations providing us with a wide variety of grapes. The diversity, the richness; the smoothness of our cuvees, attest of our will to bring our Champagne to the top of the quality scale. The fidelity and confidence our customers grant us with , testify of the steadiness and the constancy of our Champagne through out the years. Always in search of new opportunities, our company succeeded in developing its export markets representing today nearly 60 % of its sales.
There is this remarkable Champagne Séduction Vintage 2007, 70% Chardonnay partially aged in old oak barrels, 30% pinot noir, dosage 6 g/l, no malolactic fermentation, it is a beautiful cuvée of gold color, combining distinction and structure, ample and floral, from pretty mouth to shades of candied fruit, very elegant, intense and fruity moss. Also a formidable 2006, 75% Chardonnay, partially aged in old oak barrels, 25% pinot noir, dosage 6 g/l, of light gold colour, where flowers and dried fruits, well balanced and harmonious, dense, powerful mouth, with subtle notes of citrus, narcissus and toasted bread, a racy Champagne.
On 2005, 69% Chardonnay (Avize, Tauxières and Epernay) partially aged in old oak barrels, 31% pinot noir (Rilly, Epernay and Sermiers), dosage 6 g/l, is very specific to this powerful Vintage, an exceptional cuvée of fresh and fruity, with a light and fragrant foam, delicate aromas with shades of rose, broom and almond.
The cuvée Prestige 2006, dosage 8 g/l, no malo-lactic fermentation, where dominate the citrus macerated and the small dried fruits, is all in aromatic persistence, of pretty golden colour, harmonious in mouth, complex, reveals a delicate smooth and silky finish. The 2004 is sublime, with a nose dominated by ripe fruits, very well dosed, which combines richness, flavor and vivacity, of a beautiful aromatic finish where one finds nuances of lemon and honey.
Formidable brut premier cru (Chardonnay majority, 75%, the rest in pinot noir), of pale gold color, which develops a nose of fresh hazelnut, good mouth, mixing distinction and roundness, a wine Champagne but at the same time all in finesse, opulent and fragrant, with brioche notes in the final. The Extra brut 50% pinot noir, 30% Chardonnay, 20% pinot meunier, is excellent, a Champagne of a very pretty golden dress with pink reflections, of great freshness, bright, fruity, with a very nice finish of mouth, superb as an aperitif and to accompany a seafood platter.
You will still like the brut Integral, zero dosage, so 60% pinot noir and 40% Chardonnay, lively, fresh, floral, while delicate, a success like the Grande Réserve brut, 60% Chardonnay and 40% pinot noir, five years minimum on lees, whose attractive color announces the intensity of this cuvée. The nose is a nervous vinosity. The floral freshness coupled with fruity nuances precedes a beautiful minerality, all in finesse and length in the mouth.

Adresse :

Famille Ellner
Jean-Pierre Ellner
6, rue Côte Legris 51200 Epernay
03 26 55 60 25
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Vintages in sale
Champagne Prestige 2004 and 2006, Séduction 2005, 2006 and 2007, brut Premier Cru, Extra-brut, Blanc de blancs brut, brut Carte d'or, brut rosé, brut Intégral, brut Grande Réserve
Fondateur, Charles Emile Ellner began this activity at the beginning of 1900 and the house took the position of trader handling in 1972
Average annual
800.000 to 900.000 sold bottles
50 ha of vines
Vine Age
25 to 45 years
Soil and exposure
Ground primarily chalky argilo, the vineyard being distributed on several wine-growing zones, the exposure varies
Grape Variety
3 type of vines Champagne, Chardonnay, Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier
Maturing out of tanks stainless with thermal regulation, barrels and the lightnings of oak
Champagnes are characterized by their lightness, their delicacy and the smoothness of their bubbles
Wine and food pairing
Light Champagnes to consume out of aperitif for most our vintages, Brut Intégral on the seafood and old vintages on white meats
15,50 to 22,10 €


References in France
In France, the essential of our sales is done live at our wine storehouses
Others references
Wine Spectator, Decanter World Wine Awards 2009: bronze medal for our Premier Cru. International Wine Challenge 2009: recommendation for our Cuvée de Réserve brut
National and export sales (%)
France : 40 - Export : 60
Main trading partners
England, Denmark, Sweden, Russia, the United States….
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