Meet The Champagne Grower
“Welcome!” as if we can hear Florent & Julien of the Mignon brothers say. Holding a bottle of Champagne Les Frères Mignon, the 1st thing that catches our eyes is the adorable images of the brothers on their labels. They greet & welcome us like good friends who are happy & excited to show us around their vineyards & the cellar in the village of Cramant in the Côte des Blancs.
The parents of Florent & Julien used to grow grapes & sell them to the local co-operatives. But in 2015, this brother team inherited 8.5 ha of vineyards located mainly in the Côte des Blancs villages of Avize, Cramant & Cuis, plus smallholdings in the Vallée de la Marne villages of Cumières & Damery. And that was when the adventure of the Mignon brothers began with their 1st release in 2019.
Many of their vineyards are old vines of selection massale, which they tend in caring manners with a vineyard working team consisting of wild members like bees, chickens, & a horse named Calie. To respect nature & the environment, they also use natural remedies made of herbs & plants to treat their precious vines of family treasures.
Captain Haddock, Dupont, Jolly Jumper - stepping into their cellar, where the air captures youthful energy with the scent of an exciting atmosphere, you cannot miss but notice barrels named after cartoon characters from Lucky Luke & Tintin. “We just thought it was fun,” explains Florent with a smile. His favorite food pairings with Champagne are “Cheese like Comté! With oysters - it’s not new & very crazy, but with seafood, it’s really good. And also with a burger! But the most important pairing, I think, is with whom you’re drinking it.”
The property & the brothers are young, but they are genuine & have their feet on the ground like the deep roots of grapevines they inherited from the family. As their wines shine & reflect the brothers’ passion, commitment & efforts to create quality wines of honest purity & uplifting energy, we can almost hear them say, “Champagne is fun!” with a big happy smile.
Wines of Florent & Julien are available at L’Atelier du Champagne. So why not grab a bottle or two to enjoy with some of Florent’s favorites?! They will greet you like a good friend & invite you to their exciting adventure!