Nathalie Vignier's family have been winemakers for ten generations, six of them in the Grand Cru classified village of Cramant. In 1924 Nathalie's great-grandfather Henri was one of the first winemakers in the Côte des Blancs to bottle and market his own champagne.
Sebastien Nickel and Nathalie Vignier began to select and vinify grapes from individual sites in the 2000s. They brought these wines to market under the J. Vignier brand in 2015.
The basics of J. Vignier's champagnes are:
1. Single-vineyard champagnes
Selected top sites that stand out for their soil, microclimate and the flavour of the grapes.
2. Pure Chardonnay
All wines are made exclusively from Chardonnay, making them blancs de blancs.
3. Minimal intervention
The wines should express the origin of the grapes, not the technical skills of the cellar.
4. Long ageing in bottle
The wines take between four and ten years to develop their full aromatic potential and their delicate, elegant effervescence.
5. Extra brut
They are bottled with very little dosage, so the wines are all dry.