Domaine Petit & Bajan is a récoltant-manipulant house that grows its own grapes and makes its Champagne all on site. Richard Petit’s family roots in Avize go back centuries, cultivating Chardonnay in the chalky soils of the Côte de Blancs. Véronique Bajan’s clan hails from Pinot Noir terroir in Verzenay, grand cru land on the Montagne de Reims.
Love, then marriage, came in 1997. In 1999, Richard took over his family’s winery in Avize, and the idea that he and Véronique create wine together began to take root. With Richard’s attention to detail in the fields and Véronique’s tasting prowess in the cellar, the small-batch, grand cru wines of Petit & Bajan are very much the voice of Champagne’s new generation.
The estate is just over seven acres in total. The Chardonnay vines are grown in pure chalk soils in the villages of Avize, Oger and Cramant, while the Pinot Noir vines are found in a mix of chalk and clay in the village of Verzenay. The grapes (70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir) were hand-harvested and immediately pressed in a hand-cranked, upright wooden press. The resulting juice was fermented with selected yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine underwent malolactic conversion and was aged for a minimum of three years. The base vintage was 2011 with a dosage of 3 g/L.
Bright golden hue. Aromas of ripe, juicy apples, a hint of red fruit and toast. Silky texture with a creamy mousse, bursting with flavors of white fruits, apricot and toasted hazelnut. This Champagne epitomizes elegance and complexity and has been one of the highlights that we have enjoyed recently.