Champagne is a vast region stretching 200 km from north to south, and Hermonville is to the extreme north. Ravaged by phylloxera and the world wars, many vineyards were replanted in the mid sixties. Brothers Frédéric and Rodolphe farm 8 hectares of vines mainly in Hermonville: 4.5 ha Pinot Meunier, 2 ha Chardonnay and 1.5 ha Pinot Noir with average vineyard age of 45 years. The estate was founded by their great grand father in 1919 who traditionally sold all his grapes to the big houses, but in 2005 the boys decided to start there own business.
Frédéric spent time working under the legendary Anselme Selosse, and the latter’s influence is seen in the brothers’ wine making approach. All the wines are fermented and aged in barrel with battonage, while malo-lactic fermentation is blocked for all the cuvées. About 70% of barrels are 5 years or older.
The Influence is a cuvée blend from three separate vineyards, each independently barrel fermented; Pinot Noir (30%), Pinot Meunier (35%), and Chardonnay (35%). 75% of the grapes are from the 2013 vintage, while 25% are from 2014. There is a very small percent of Pinot Noir as red wine addition. Dosage 6g/litre. The 2013 component shows the grand power and complexity of this heralded vintage. Dried cranberry, cherries and smoky strawberries, citrus and a fine briny spine with fresh acidity makes this a main course style wine. The wine was disgorged September 2017. Very, very limited availability as only 1321 bottles were produced. .