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Lacourte-Godbillon, Champagne 1er Cru Terroirs d'Ecueil, NV


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A staff favorite right out of the gate. It's got the brioche, vinous style and gobs of complexity that can only come from a talented blender utilizing plenty of reserve wines. This is fermented and aged in steel but nearly 50% comes from back vintages and about 30 years on the lees.


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When a star like Eric Rodez recommends you check out a new Champagne producer, you’d be foolish not to make a visit. Adam Freidberg, Rodez’ long time New York importer, is no fool. So he went straight to Ecueil, on the Montagne de Reims, where he found a young couple making absolutely killer Champagnes.

Geraldine Lacourte and her husband, Francois, took over Geraldine’s family vines and started bottling instead of selling to the co-op. Their plots – 85% planted to Pinot Noir – are on a patchwork of different soils, including sand over very deep chalk (at the top of the mountain), and heavier clay (at the bottom). Such variety of soils can make for a complete and complex Champagne.

But it takes a lot of work and experience to vinify each parcel separately and then blend them together just right. Fortunately, they’ve been tutored and supported by Eric Rodez, who practiced these arts at no less a Champagne house than Krug. Eric also convinced them to go organic (their farming has been certified for a couple of years).

Lacourte Godbillon, with their organic, everything-by-hand farming, terroir-focused winemaking, and pure, pure wines, is the kind of grower that could blow up one day. In fact, the wines were on track to do just that, with placements in top restaurants and prices moving upwards.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 91
"The NV Brut Premier Cru Terroirs d'Ecueil is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay, all fermented in stainless steel. This cuvée is based on the 2014 vintage and contains 36% reserve wines from the 2013 vintage. Bottled in July 2015 and disgorged in November 2017 with a dosage of six grams per liter, the Terroirs d'Ecueil offers a very clear, pure, fresh and fruity nose and palate. It is a very filigreed, rather light and finessed yet intense and chalky Champagne with good tension, grip and lingering salinity. Straight yet fine and complex.Tasted April and August 2018."


  • Grape Variety

    Chardonnay , Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied


Champagne boasts some of the world’s greatest luxury brands with Krug, Cristal and, of course, Dom Perignon. But it’s also home to hundreds of small dynamic producers—farmers who grow their own grapes (often organically) and make (often with natural methods) tiny amounts of pure and absolutely delicious wine that reflect the individual personalities of their villages and terroirs. Toast with these wines, for sure. But also treat them like the great wines they are: taste, drink, explore!

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