A Real Love Affair

Philizot & Fils is run by husband and wife duo Stéphane and Virginie Philizot. Stéphane is heavily involved in cellar work and vines while Virginie takes care of the sales and marketing.

 

A History of Winemaking

Stéphane started producing his own Champagne in 2002 with his renowned winemaking uncle, Gérard l’Herondelle - the former head of winemaking at Champagne Lanson. He participates in all stages of the wine making and tasting. As Stéphane says, their goal is to create wines that “allow you to taste the individuality of the year, rather than purely looking for the same taste each year. For us it is important to get the best from nature.”

Top-Class Champagne

The first alcoholic fermentation takes place in vats and is totally natural. Malolactic fermentation is not systematically encouraged - it’s the grapes and their level of acidity that determine this choice. Bottling generally happens in Spring, and temperature control is crucial for the formation of the fine bubbles.

  • Time Matters
  • The wines are aged on the rack for 48 months or more, allowing them to fully develop during the second fermentation in the bottle. It’s then another 3 months before they’re ready, ensuring the dosage will homogenise perfectly with the Champagne.