In my innermost depths, I seem to remember an explosion followed by a fizzing sound and general hubbub. A cork had just popped - the noise was the sound of thousands of euphoric bubbles lapping at the sides of a champagne flute, and the hubbub was just a little laughter, equally euphoric – to toast my birth… And then the first colours I was able to make out – the green of the vines surrounding the family estate, the bluish-purple of our black grapes and the beautiful silvery highlights of our superb Chardonnays. That’s right, I was born in the Champagne region, and making champagne is more than just a trade, it’s a vocation - a calling, even. My life revolves around this prodigious wine and especially this nourishing land that allows us to grow this fruit. Today, my aim, and that of my children who are following in my footsteps, is to protect and preserve Nature, to whom we owe everything. And what better feeling could there be than when you receive the ultimate reward – that special moment when the customer looks at you, his eye as sparkling as his glass, to tell you what a pleasure it is to taste one of your cuvees.
Bernard Lonclas Champagne pictures