Champagne H.Blin (Vincelles/France)
Champagne H. Blin is a company of 110 grape-growers and represents eight generations of winemaking from around Vincelles. It was founded in 1947 by Henri Blin and 28 other winemakers who decided to buy a press house of their own and use their own grapes (due to the economic downturn after World War II, the major houses ceased purchasing grapes from the growers of Vincelles).
The village of Vincelles is situated in the Marne Valley and covers an area of 130 hectares. The vineyards are planted with 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir where the distribution of plantations for the entire Champagne area is 30% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier and 35% Pinot Noir. All growers practice ‘lutte raisonée,’ whereby the use of pesticides and herbicides is kept to the bare minimum. In Vincelles, replanting is rare.
The configuration of the Vincelles vineyard is exceptional: facing south-southeast, it receives the first rays of the sun at dawn and is bathed in late summer in the sweet serenity of sunset. The sub-soil, mostly marno-limestone, is well known to give finesse and delicacy to grapes. That is why the terroir of Vincelles is called “Little Aÿ”. The wines of this area are considered structured, well built and refined. Today Champagne H. Blin is headed by Simon Blin.