Yann Vadin is the 9th generation to grow grape on his family’s seven hectares of vineyards centered around the terroirs of five neighboring villages – Ay, Damery, Champillon, Hautvillers, and the family’s hometown Cumières, where the winery is located. Yann always envisioned taking over the family domaine. After training in the lycée viticole in Avize, and work experience in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Australia, he returned to the domaine in 2012.
Immediately, he began the conversion to organic viticulture, encouraged by a father who had stopped using herbicides twenty years prior, and who also had the good sense to allow his son free reign in the winemaking process from the first harvest. Yann crafts wines that are both typical of Champagne and highly personal. His first cuvée, aptly named Renaissance, was a 100% Pinot Meunier, the emblematic grape of Cumières. The following year, Yann asked his father, grandfather, and himself to each select their favorite terroir at the domaine. Fortunately, they chose three different parcels, and from these favorite spots they selected three different grape varieties, each planted with a different grape variety.
In addition to the two nonvintage cuvées Renaissance and Intuition, Yann also produces a range of single vintage parcellaire wines which reflect the different terroirs of the domaine. These are always vintage dated and disgorged with no dosage. The cuvées from Cumières and Hautvillers were released first in 2018, followed by a grand cru in Avize from vines owned by Yann’s retired uncle.
Champagne ‘Cuvée Intuition’ 1er Cru ExBrut
Varietal: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Farming Practice: Organic
Organic. Chardonnay 40%, Pinot Noir 30%, Pinot Meunier 30. The grapes are from from the premier cru village of Hautvillers, Cumieres, and Champillon. The grapes ferment with native yeast in stainless steel and then mature for two years on the lees. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The dosage is two grams per liter. No fining and filtration. 830 cases produced.
Champagne ‘Cuvée Renaissance’ 1er Cru (Meunier) ExBrut
Varietal: Pinot Meunier
Farming Practice: Organic
Organic. 100% Pinot Meunier. Blanc de Noirs from Vadin-Plateau’s vineyards in the premier cru village Cumières. The grapes ferment with native yeast in stainless steel and then mature for two years on the lees. Malolactic fermentation occurs. The dosage is three grams per liter. This cuvee consists of 80% vintage 2014 and 20% vintage 2013. No fining and filtration. 366 cases produced.