Third-generation vignerons and brothers François and Pierre Huré represent a new wave of artisan champagne production that stands to elevate the regional notions of excellence. Based in Ludes on the northern side of Champagne’s pedigreed Montagne de Reims, these open-minded perfectionists farm 10 hectares of vineyards—80 percent of which belong to them and 20 percent which are rented from family vineyards and those of other like-minded partner-growers. Having both trained in Burgundy, the Rhone and New Zealand has fostered global perspectives in these native sons, as well as a desire to question convention.
While they have farmed sustainably for 20 years, they have also been farming with organic and select biodynamic practices since 2009, though François prefers to not pursue any official certification. Precise, fresh, generous and terroir-driven champagnes define the house style at Huré Frères. Each parcel is vinified separately and is later blended.
The wines age in both in tank and neutral oak, depending on the cuvee, with their cellar also featuring a perpetual-reserve solera begun in 1982. Dosages are never systematic; they are added by blind tasting only. Their finished wines offer incredibly pure and expressive aromatics, a fine, persistent bead, charm, elegance and deep, vinous earthy pleasure.