When the paths of Emmanuelle and Marc crossed, two champagne houses that had existed for four and five generations respectively came together. It was a union that gave birth to a shared passion: Champagne Augustin.
Marc and Emmanuelle Augustin refer to themselves as "coeurviticulteurs", loosely translated as "winemakers with heart". They have dedicated themselves to their work with their hearts and minds, cultivating their vines using biodynamic methods involving empathy and sensitive, constant observation of nature.
Sparkling wines from Champagne Augustin
from Champagne Augustin
In vineyards each individual plot of land has its own characteristics. As a result standardised actions have no place in the Augustins' daily operations. They live with nature, taking the time to understand it better. The vineyards are located in the commune of Avenay Val d'Or, east of Epernay on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims where Pinot Noir is the predominant varietal, and on Vertus, some 22 kilometres further south in the Côte des Blancs, where Chardonnay reigns supreme. Both of these regions have Premier Cru status. The winery has been Demeter-certified since 2016.
They are fortunate to own land that has hardly come into contact with chemicals, because as far back as the 1970s and later Marc's father already refused to apply the fertilisers and herbicides that were used ubiquitously. Marc and Emmanuelle therefore had the best fundamental conditions for switching to biodynamic agriculture, especially as this philosophy deeply corresponds to their own inclinations and convictions.
The result is exceptional champagnes. For example, the grapes are harvested by hand on so-called 'fruit' or 'flower' days, which are determined by the lunar cycle. In the cellar, Marc leaves the process to alchemy. At most he provides the vessel: instead of the usual cold, hard Inox steel he uses enamelled tanks, amphorae or barrels made of local wood. Every action, whether in the house, in the vineyard or in the cellar is intended to be a positive one that leads to harmony and balance throughout the production operations and in the final product.
The small, family-owned fruit eau-de-vie distillery Wilhelm Marx is located in the idyllic Bavarian Forest between Regensburg and Bodenmais, near the Great Arber, not far from the Czech border. To be precise, the distillery is located in the picturesque climatic health resort of Neukirchen at the typically Bavarian Gut Bärenhof. A natural oasis of unparalleled beauty.