Champagne Barrat-Masson is the project of Aurélie Barrat and Loïc Masson, a wife and husband team who farm seven hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in on the slopes of the Sézannais in Champagne’s Côte de Sézanne region.
In 2005, Loïc took over the family farm in Bethon, and promptly began to replace conventional herbicides with organic treatments and vineyard practices. Supported by Aurélie, a trained oeonologist, Loïc had fully committed his vineyards to organic winegrowing by 2009. Presently, the wines of Barrat-Masson are certified organic by Ecocert. Soon thereafter, they renovated several buildings on the family farm, and installed a wine press (Coquard), vat room and cellars for aging their wines.
At Barrat-Masson, the quality of the grapes is paramount, and for this reason Loïc’s work and attention to detail in the vineyard is paramount. With healthy grapes harvested at optimum ripeness, Aurélie then takes over; expert winemaking conducted in a manner to be as minimally intrusive as possible. Each parcel is vinified separately in either stainless steel tank or barrel (demi-muid), and special attention is paid towards working with the Coeur de Cuvée, or the first press of the juice from the incoming harvest. This enables Aurélie to have a detailed vision of each the domaine’s parcels in order to perform precise blends that will ensure wines of character over time.
Loïc’s experience, combined with Aurélie’s knowledge and technical precision allow Barrat-Masson Champagnes to achieve a level of intensity, sophistication and authenticity that communicate the terroir of the Côte de Sézanne and the grandeur of Champagne.
Barrat-Masson "Grain d’Argile" Extra Brut NV
A vinous Champagne, Barrat-Masson’s “grain d’argile” displays qualities of dried fruits (pear, white peaches) along with nuances of slightly roasted hazelnuts. It is a great starting point from which to experience the Champagne’s of Barrat-Masson.
Barrat-Masson "Fleur de Craie" Extra Brut NV
The chardonnay for Barrat-Masson’s “fleur de craie” is grown on chalky soils. It displays great aromatic complexity and finesse, with hints of pear, white flowers, and roasted nuts. A vibrant champagne with a quiet intensity.
Barrat-Masson "des Margannes" Brut Nature NV
Barrat-Masson’s “Les Margannes” comes from chardonnay vines (40 yrs) grown on chalky soils. As the top wine of the estate, 80% of the composition comes from the first press – Coeur de Cuvee. Biscuit, honey, acacia and minerality for days on this fine-tuned Champagne from Barrat-Masson.