We discover the village at the end of the Laignes valley, on the borders of Champagne and Burgundy. It is a land of hillsides that men, for centuries, have patiently shaped for the vine. Its history and its name are plural, its fame singular: Les Riceys.
Today, it is the most sought-after cru of the Côte des Bar, with 3 AOCs conferred by the excellence of its Pinot Noirs: Champagne, Coteaux Champenois and the famous Rosé des Riceys. The Domaine Alexandre Bonnet has become the symbol and emblem of this unique terroir. With its exclusively owned vineyard and under the impetus of its president Arnaud Fabre, Domaine Alexandre Bonnet produces wines that are off the beaten track and reveal the richness of the Riceys terroir. The Domaine offers a rare variation of the Pinot Noir grape variety: Blanc de Noirs, Rosé d'assemblage, Rosé de saignée and the still wines Rosé des Riceys, Coteaux Champenois Rouge and Blanc. Alexandre Bonnet has also reintroduced Blanc Vrai (Pinot Blanc), Buret (Pinot Gris), Arbane and Petit Meslier, four forgotten grape varieties of Champagne. Their combination with Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay gives birth to La Géande - 7 Cépages, a real kaleidoscope of textures and flavours.
Although it is located in the Champagne region, Les Riceys is also, by its history and geographical proximity, marked by the influence of Burgundy. Until the revolution, Les Riceys depended on both Burgundy and Champagne. The Chef de Culture and Chef de Cave, both trained in Burgundy, bring together the best of both worlds through plot work, a historically Burgundian approach, and the elaboration of Les Riceys Rosé. The estate has been certified High Environmental Value since 2015 and has implemented organic practices: precision viticulture, no more insecticides or weedkillers, partial grassing, sowing of cereals, use of organic manure, ploughing with horses, restoration of the vernacular heritage (cadoles) and development of biodiversity (honey plants, fruit trees, etc.)