view from Wafflart-Briet maison.
Wafflart-Briet is a family owned champagne business based in Sacy in the Montagne de Reims area.
The champagne house Wafflart-Briet was created around 1880 by the great great grandfather of Florence Wafflart (current head of business).
Originally, Florence's great great grandfather, sold his grapes to 'negociants' of the well known champagne houses such as Laurent Perrier, Mumm and Moet and Chandon.
Ernest Wafflart, her great grandfather, carried on with the business around 1900.
In 1923 Rene Wafflart took over the vineyards and continued to sell his grapes.
In 1954, Bernard Wafflart (Florence's father), became the head of the vines and he decided to stop selling the grapes, but to fully produce his own champagne. This is where Wafflart-Briet was created. Wafflart being Bernard's surname and Briet, the surname of his wife.
In 1994, Florence took over her father's business and found herself managing just under 5 hectares of vines (approx 11.4 acres), producing around 35000 bottles of champagne per year.
Wafflart-Briet champagne is classed as Premier Cru, which is a classing system based on the quality of the grapes from the growing quality.
Wafflart-Briet can be found in the heart of the village of Sacy and the champagne is sold from the family home.
Champagne vines are as follows:
Pinot Meunier - a traditional champenois red grape, appreciated for its fruitiness and fullness. It is found on the higher areas of the hills in the more chalky ground.
Pinot noir - a red grape known for its strong character. It brings body and intensity to the champagne.
Chardonnay - the only white grape in champagne. The chardonnay vines have been planted in the best soil areas with the best exposures possible. It is known for its elegance, fine aromas and its acidity which allows champagne to be conserved for a longer amount of time.