Alliance Riceys – Wine Growers from Champagne
The rise of artisanal producers in Champagne has transformed the perception of the region and restored its vinous soul. Cult grower Champagnes are fêted and yearned after. But there is an accessible side to Grower Champagne, exemplified by the Alliance Riceys. This small collective of wine growers has come together to promote their diverse, individualistic wines from the AOC of Les Riceys.
Les Riceys is an appellation off the intensely beaten Champagne track. It is closer to Chablis than Reims. Scooped up in the large region of the Aube, Les Riceys has been overlooked. But like the Côte de Bar, this is an appellation with the space for creative vignerons to do great things, differently.
Pinot Noir is a speciality here. (And the delicious but rarely exported Rosé de Riceys also shows why.) Chardonnay also thrives on the Kimmeridgian marls and limestones, and is increasing its share of the vineyard. The terroir is nuanced, thanks to the diverse topography, multiple exposures, and fragmented vineyard ownership.
The Alliance Riceys is a forward-thinking group of five Wine Growers from Les Riceys. They have come together to show their wines to the UK for the first time, and to find new partners to import their characterful, terroir-driven Champagne.
This Virtual Tasting will be led by Sarah Abbott MW with the input of the growers themselves. Guests will receive 10 sample bottles of Champagne from Les Riceys. The tasting will present the terroir of Les Riceys through the distinctive and individual story of each producer.
The Alliance Riceys comprises Champagne Batisse-Lancelot, Pascal Manchin, Pehu Guiardel, Tabourin and Vincent Philpaux.