Founded in 1964 by Michel and Marie-Claude Jeaunaux, the estate is now run by husband and wife Cyril and Clémence Jeaunaux-Robin. They have just 5.7 hectares under vine, which merges with the end of their garden, just behind the children’s trampoline. They’ve been fully biodynamic since 2010 and organic for far longer.
Jeaunaux-Robin is located in the village of Talus Saint-Prix in La Vallée du Petit Morin, named after the river (a tributary of the Marne), at the very southern tip of the Côte des Blancs. The valley is known for its flint-rich, silex soil which imparts unmistakable texture and minerality to the wines. Vines are 40 years old on average, which is ancient by Champagne standards.
Jeaunaux-Robin produces only about 40,000 bottles in their tiny cellar. There are two basket presses in their garage and grape must flows by gravity into settling tanks under the back door, and into the winery beneath the house. Cyril uses old oak barrels to vinify around a quarter of the wines.