My roots are my pride

Without roots we drift aimlessly, like a leaf in the wind… My roots are my family, my ancestors and all those who made who I am today. They lie in the 170,000 small vine stocks that my family has cultivated and preserved for the past 200 years, always respectful of theland, the people and the grace of existence. Oursoil dates back more than 5 billion years, and it received an upgrade300 million years ago, following the formation oflimestone in the Champagne region…

 

120 years of history ...

Tireless pioneers with a visionary spirit, the ancestors of the Fagot family - men and women with a profound love of the land - have written one of the most captivating pages in the history ofChampagne.

An enduring family heritage ...

The story begins with Pierre-Gustave Fagot, inn-keeper and wine merchant who settled in Rilly-la-Montagne in the 1870s. It continues with Jules Jean-Baptiste Fagot, who became an independent winemaker in 1900, and with Gaston Rousseau, who battled against phylloxera and grafted the first American root-stocks. Finally, Adrien Fagot gifted the family the autonomy it enjoys today, by converting the estate to become one of the very first integrated wine growers in Champagne history.

... handed down from one generation to the next

Until 2012, this strong family heritage lay in the hands of Michel Fagot who, after a career as Vineyard Director at Mercier Champagne, took over the family business and created his eponymous brand. Michel’s particular achievement was the establishment of a modern disgorgement line, a move few independent wine-growers would have dared make at the time.

 

The present generation: Olivier Fagot, vineyard-gardener of theChampagne of tomorrow

Michel’s son Olivier embodies the 4th generation. Enthused by a biodynamic vision that integrates an awareness of the new environmentalimperative, he exercises hisvocation of wine-grower in the spirit of the landscape steward who is driven by a passion for quality. Olivier’s venture can count on the adviceofJacques Mell, expert consultant in biodynamics. This informs a holistic approach to viticulture allowingthe creation of constant synergies between man, soil and plant, so that the latter may live in perfect symbiosis.
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