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CHAMPAGNE JACQUES DEFRANCESince 1867, four generations have succeeded each other in renowned climates. Beyond the sparkling pearls, the DEFRANCE family has for many years the privilege and the art of vinifying the famous « Vin Rosé des Riceys ».. The domain consists mainly of pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. Christophe Defrance in collaboration with his wife Marie-Dominique for about twenty years, and more recently with his daughter Anne-Sophie, has evolved cultural practices to extract all the riches of their land of belonging in respect of nature and the terroir. Today, insecticides, antibotrytis and herbicides are no longer used and all soils are cultivated mechanically. The Champagne Jacques DEFRANCE is certified Terra Vitis and HVE III.

The Maison offers:

Brut Tradition: fruity and fine, a large and mature cuvée with notes of lily and pear.
Brut Exception (100 % pinot blanc): fresh with notes of dried fruit, acacia flowers, apricot, peach and pineapple; it reveals a persistent foam.
Brut Terre Blanche, blanc de blancs : Champagne from a fragmentary selection, with citrus notes, elegant and mineral.
Brut "Argile Rose" : gourmet, it develops notes of small red fruits at maturity. Nice fresh and fruity finish.
gourmet rosé Champagne, developing notes of small red fruits when ripe. Nice fresh and fruity finish.
The Rosé Wine of Riceys 2012: light and silky colour, subtle and persistent nose with aromas of strawberry and plum jam. The mouth is supple with shades of blackberries and kirschés fruit.
You can also discover Native Solera-Brut, Native Extra-Brut, Native Rosé-Brut, cuvée Brut Excellence (100% pinot noir), Brut Prestige and Brut nature.

Adresse :

Christophe Defrance

28, rue de la Plante 10340 Les Riceys
03 25 29 32 20
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Vintages in sale
Brut Tradition, Brut Nature, Brut Prestige, Brut Excellence Blanc de Noirs, Brut Exception Pur Pinot Blanc, Brut Terre Blanche Blanc de Blancs, Brut Millésimé, and the Native Extra-Brut, Solera Brut and Rosé Brut.
Average annual
80 000 bottles
12 ha
Vine Age
40 years
Soil and exposure
Clay-limestone soil, multiple exhibitions: diversity of plots spread over 10 steep hillsides valleys.
Grape Variety
77% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay and 3% Pinot Blanc
Pneumatic pressing, traditional vinification in thermoregulated stainless steel vats, and vinification/ageing in oak barrels for part of Chardonnay musts. Malolactic fermentation.
The Pinot Noir Champagnes are racy, fine, fruity and structured. Minerality, elegance at maturity, with citrus aromas for Chardonnays, and roundness and power for Pinots Blancs.
Wine and food pairing
Roasted scallops and anise pumpkin on Brut Prestige, caramelized pineapple carpaccio and bourbon ice with a Pinot Blanc, Brut Exception – Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Solera-Brut and its turbot filet with white butter.
19 to 43 €


References in France
Others references
Guides Dussert-Gerber, Veron, Guia Melendo Del Champagne, Gault & Millau, Millésimes... Gold Medals: Cuvée Native Extra-Brut at the Concours Terre de Vins 2019 and the Brut Exception at the 8th Chalenge Miami 2019.
National and export sales (%)
France : 80 - Export : 20
Main trading partners
Japan, Taiwan, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, USA ...
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