Independent Winegrowers, Christine and Vincent are passionate about developing their champagnes with passion and creativity in line with their ancestors (10 generations!) and modern winemaking techniques. Harvesting-manipulating, they create their champagnes as naturally as possible, rare, atypical, characterful champagnes from the sole terroir of Vincelles. Passion, dynamism and generosity characterize them.
The whole of their vineyard is located on the hillsides of the charming Champagne village of Vincelles. Composed mostly of pinot meunier, it is planted on mainly clay-limestone soils. A terroir that gives their champagnes roundness, elegance and suppleness.
In order to protect the biodiversity of their terroir, they have adopted reasoned viticulture methods (organic fertilizers, grinding branches, etc.) and have obtained in 2015 the High Environmental Value (HVE) label, thanks to a drastic reduction in treatments, a zero herbicide policy and the use of organic practices. This certification does not prevent them from continuing their research to go even further in ecology, respect for nature, without distorting the aromatic expression of their terroir.
A long viticultural tradition
The Piot-Sévillano house comes from a line of 10 generations of Champagne winemakers. Since 1700, they have been keen to share with you the secrets of a terroir that they cherish all the more because they protect it.
At one time, they cultivated not only vine, but also the Montmorency cherry (following the phylloxeric invasion which ravaged the French vineyard in the XIXth century). A fruit then very popular on the Parisian markets. At that time, the production of grapes was then sold to merchants who were the main producers of champagne wines.
Emile Piot (1880-1969) began to cultivate exclusively vines. Expert in grafting, he spotted and selected grafts himself with the aim of always obtaining healthy and high-quality grapes.
It was spurred on by his son, Alexis Piot (1921-2008) and his wife Jeannine (1923-1967) that the Maison undertook the turn of manipulation in 1954 when Champagne was experiencing difficult times. He elaborates the brut Champagne Tradition, which remains a sure value of the House, and quickly sells the 500 bottles which he vinified that year.
In 1975, Alexis then produced 9,000 bottles. It was that year that Isabelle, her daughter and Nicolas Sévillano, her son-in-law, took over the estate and created Champagne Piot-Sévillano.
Nicolas, who is not from the Champagne wine-growing environment , takes courses for adults in order to perfect the viticultural and oenological techniques transmitted by his stepfather.
The Rosé champagne widens the Piot range from 1978, the Vintage in 1982 and finally the cuvée fleuron, the Prestige in 1984. Nicolas and Isabelle also contributed to expanding the 3 hectare vineyard owned by Alexis, the area increased to 7.5 hectares in 25 years.
In 2006, the house produced 45,000 bottles.
Modernization and Environment
In 2007, Nicolas and Isabelle in turn passed on the operation to their daughter Christine and their son-in-law Vincent Scher, who left their respective professions of journalist and website creator to embark on the adventure.
After training for adults, Christine and Vincent begin to invest in renewing and modernizing the equipment. They acquire a tractor with more environment-friendly equipment, Gyropalettes to replace the old Pupimatics or even a heat pump to cool the vats during the various vinification operations. So much equipment that allows them to consider producing more to now turn to conquering international markets.
They increased production to 60,000 bottles to meet ever-increasing demand, and created 5 new cuvées in limited quantities to satisfy an increasingly expert clientele.
Concerned about their environment, they have implemented new cultivation techniques for better protection of the terroir: reduction drastic treatments, zero herbicides, use of organic fertilizers only, rainwater recovery, biodiversity protection etc. These actions have enabled them to obtain High Environmental Value (HVE) certification.
High Environmental Value
Their working method is inspired both by previous generations, but also by new reasoned viticulture techniques.
They obtained HVE certification (high environmental value). They share and apply the values of environmental protection within their farm:
- Practice of the induction of sexual confusion among harmful insects which has made it possible to banish the use of insecticides for more than 20 years.
- Maximum reduction in the number of treatments with a limit not to be exceeded as defined by the HVE.
- The zero objective herbicide has been in use since 2013: systematic plowing and natural weed control as needed.
- Grassing of plots sensitive to erosion and respect for the ecosystem and biodiversity (preservation of flora and fauna on the farm). /li>
- Use of organic fertilizers only.
- Reduction of sulphites to their absolute minimum (no addition after harvest)
- Protection of biodiversity by letting flora and fauna develop around their vines.
- All short trips are made by 100% electric car
The aim of all these actions is to reduce their environmental impact, but also to develop quality champagnes as naturally as possible.
Christine and Vincent create their Champagnes from A to Z, from the cultivation of the vine to the marketing of their range.
Their exploitation and their vineyard is located in Vincelles (Marne) in the heart of the Marne valley, on the right bank.
They cultivate almost 8 hectares. Their vineyard is located 99% on the sunny hillsides of the town, the cradle of this family home. It is composed of 70% pinot meunier, 15% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay. The plants in half of the vineyard were grafted by Christine's great-grandfather and grandfather, giving them a singularity which is part of their manufacturing secret.
All these elements of their terroir brings their round notes and fruity aromas to their champagnes.