Vazart Coquart Grand Cru Grower Champagne
Friday, April 5, 2019 in News
The Vazart-Coquart label was created in 1954 when Jacques Vazart turned from growing and selling grapes to successfully making Champagne under his own name.
He quickly gained a reputation for his mostly blanc de blancs Champagnes, made from 11ha of Chardonnay vines in Chouilly, one of 17 villages legally entitled to use the term ‘Grand Cru’, as an indication that its vineyards are all of the highest quality.
Jean Pierre and Caroline Vazart
Son Jean-Pierre took over the estate when Jacques died in 2006. Father and son had worked together for 15 years since Jean-Pierre completed winemaking studies in 1991.
He runs it from the same house in the main street of Chouilly occupied by four generations of his grape-growing family since the 1800s.
Today Jean-Pierre makes about 80,000 bottles of Vazart-Coquart Champagnes each year. All are Grand Cru, and almost all are blanc de blancs -- ‘white of whites’, or 100% Chardonnay. Vazart-Coquart is a proudly independent producer.
Chouilly is the northernmost wine commune of the Côte des Blancs, just south of Epernay. It has 525.5ha of vines, making it the biggest single Grand Cru village and the third biggest wine village in all Champagne, after Les Riceys and Vertus.
Of all Chouilly’s independent growers making their own wines, Vazart-Coquart is the one making waves among champagne aficionados.
Now clearly and confidently at the helm, Jean-Pierre told an interviewer of the difficulties of growing into his father’s shoes - how for a long time he was consumed by self-doubt.
Would he ever be able to take over and not mess up? And when it happened came the excitement of realising that this was something he really could do.
Behind the scenes at Vazart-Coquart
Jean-Pierre has gradually reducing synthetic chemical use to an absolute minimum. ‘In my head, I’m organic’, he says. ‘But it’s not quite so easy all the time’.
In 2017 he announced that the estate was in full conversion to organic viticulture.
In the winery, vinification is based on small tanks so the many differences between multiple sites can be captured. No barrels are used, only stainless steel, a stylistic decision to preserve the mineral delicacy and buttery, floral fruit which is the signature of Chouilly.
The domaine makes eight cuvées, of which Langton’s imports four to Australia. We are proud to offer them to you.
Explore the Vazart-Coquart range now.