- Champagne Coqueret-Benard
Champagne Coqueret-Benard Industry Winery Founded 1882 Founder(s) Augustin Benard Headquarters 14, rue Hugo - 51500 LUDES Products Champagnes
Coqueret-Benard is a small traditional family Champagne house founded in 1882 by Augustin Benard. The house is run by the couple Michele and Claude Coqueret. It is based in Ludes between Reims and Epernay. It is a commune in the area of Montagne de Reims, in the region of Champagne-Ardenne in France. Coquret-Benard is one out of amazingly 70 Champagne brands to be found this small village, Ludes, with its 628 inhabitants.
The champagne brand is headquartered in Ludes, while the vineyards are located further south, near Epernay, in Cote de blancs in the Valley of Marne. The champagne is sold non-commercially primarily in France, as well as to foreigners coincidentally passing by in Ludes.
In recent years the couple has done several investments in new plantations, and have now in total six vineyards all being privately owned property.
The family owed company has permanent employment of three persons, and employs additional staff on a seasonal basis, during the harvest season in September–October.
When the predecessors in the family, the parents, stops operating the family business, the children take over the activities. The descendants have had other jobs until its time for takeover. Then they attend one year at a special champagne school to learn how to work in the vineyards and how to make champagne. In the end of the year they need to pass an exam and graduates with a diploma.
Coqueret-Benard produces approximately 25.000 bottles per year. Close to half of their production is sold each year and the remaining bottles are kept for aging, comprising their aged wine.
The brand compromises two sorts of champagnes; Champagne Brut, and Champagne Rosé, as well as Champagne Brut Millesime 2002 aging in their wine cellar in Ludes for the right time to sell it. The wine is prepared in a scientific way - appellation de origine contolée. The skill of making champagne comes quite easily, but it is difficult to make the same tasting wine year after year due to the art of tasting as well as the varying grape quality. Their chosen blend of 25% Pinot Noir and 75% Chardonnay, is their preferred recipe through history. When the grape quality is lesser, due to harsh weather conditions, they mix old wine with better quality to make sure to maintain the same taste and blend every year.
- Coqueret-Benard Brut Reserve
- Coqueret-Benard Brut Rosé
- Coqueret-Benard Brut Millesime 2002
- First hand interview with Michèle and Claude Coqueret, Champagne Coqueret-Benard, Ludes, France
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