Champagne Etienne Calsac

Etienne Calsac

In 2010, at the age of 26, Etienne Calsac decided to take control of his grandparents’ three hectares of vineyards scattered in and around Avize, which had previously been rented out to the grandes maisons. Chez Calsac, stewardship of the terroir is the basis for great Champagne, so Etienne set out to ensure that all the vineyards are planted with grass cover crops, plowed, and transitioned to organic farming.

Etienne himself had worked several vintages helping with press before starting his own domaine, and he decided to maintain the same strict quality controls, as well as add a few personal touches inspired by tastings and conversations with other young vignerons. Each parcel is vinified separately, with a small percentage of wines aged in barrels. In addition to the perpetual reserve for his non-vintage cuvée ‘l’Echappée Belle,’ Calsac also keeps a separate reserve tank for the single-vineyard ‘Les Rocheforts.’

Calsac has an eye for experimentation and has released several limited cuvées, including a yearly vintage-dated Grand Cru from the Clos des Maladries in Avize, and ‘Les Revenants,’ a blend of Pinot Blanc, Arbanne, and Petit Meslier from a vineyard that Etienne planted himself in the Côte de Sezanne. With dynamic releases and impactful quality, the potential of the domaine is unlimited – though the highly sought-after wines are not.

Key information

Champagne

Avize

3 hectares

Founded in 2010

Organic certified since 2020

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The wines

Champagne L’Échappé Belle Extra Brut

Sparkling Wine
 : Chardonnay
Etienne Calsac Champagne 'L'Echappée Belle' Extra Brut

'L’Echappée Belle' translates to 'The Great Escape.' 70% of the base wine comes from the village of Grauves, known for its cooler microclimate. The vineyards were planted by Etienne’s grandparents, who are both from Grauves. Beginning in 2011, Etie...

Champagne Rosé de Craie

Sparkling Rose Wine
 : 90% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir
Etienne Calsac Rose de Craie - Packshot

Etienne produces a confidential amount of rosé each year using Pinot Noir from Vertus, blended with a selection of base wine from L’Echapée Belle. Etienne’s goal is to create a pale-hued rosé reminiscent of the Blanc de Blancs house style.

Champagne Avize Grand Cru Clos des Maladries

Sparkling Wine
 : Chardonnay
Etienne Calsac - 'Clos des Maladries'

The Clos des Maladries sits at the entrance to Avize, enclosed in a walled garden behind Etienne’s grandparents' home. Etienne’s grandfather planted the vineyard in his backyard in the 1970s, and in 2010, Etienne requested the official 'clos' desig...

Coteaux Champenois Photogramme

White Wine
 : 50% Pinot Blanc, 43% Petit Meslier, 7% Arbanne
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This still wine sees seven months of skin-contact prior to bottling. The leaf on the front label is a cyanotype of an Arbane leaf.

Champagne Les Revenants

Sparkling Wine
 : 50% Pinot Blanc, 45% Petit Meslier, 5% Arbanne
Etienne Calsac - 'Les Revenants'

While finishing his studies in 2010, Etienne replanted a few rows of 'forgotten' Champagne varieties in one of his family vineyards in the Côte de Sézanne. Pinot Blanc, Petit Meslier, and Arbanne were overlooked for decades, but Etienne was interes...

Champagne Les Rocheforts 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs

Sparkling Wine
 : Chardonnay
Etienne Calsac Les Rocheforts - Packshot

Les Rocheforts translates to 'the strong rocks.' In 2012, Etienne started a separate perpetual reserve just for Les Rocheforts. This 1er cru single-vineyard in Bisseuil sits on pure chalk soils and creates a precise and beautifully expressive Blanc...

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