Guillaume Sergent’s wines are intense, focused and pure—laser beams of searing pleasure. This micro-producer recently started making his wine in 2008 from his family’s four acre estate. Aside from wine school, he also carries a degree in geology and time with him in the vineyards is a rare treat filled with in-depth details of the natural history of his vineyards and the surrounding region.
Because his father has clients who have faithfully bought their family’s wines for years (bottled under the Roger Sergent label), most of the family’s grapes are made into a more sweet style, which couldn’t be further from Guillaume’s wines. Guillaume has a meager 1.25 acres that he organically farms (with some biodynamic principals as well) and ages in old, neutral François Freres barrels. To round the intensity a touch, he adds a tiny dosage of no more than 3g/l, to soften the vigorous energy his wine exudes. One could only wish that Guillaume had larger holdings so that we could get a lot more of his wines to sell!
Lay of the Land
Descending from a family that has been making wine for two centuries, Guillaume now farms a very small collection of his own vines. He insists on having full control in order to uphold his organic and biodynamic practices to remain connected through every step of the viticulture and vinification. Guillaume’s vineyards are located just to the west of Reims. It’s all Chardonnay at this domaine from two sites located in two high altitude Premier Cru villages in the Montagne de Reims, Vrigny and Coulommes. The vines are situated mid-slope with northeast and southern exposures on a mix of chalk with a plentiful supply of fossilized seashells and sand, imparting a certain tenacity and lift to his Blanc de Blancs Champagne. Guillaume refers to his own winemaking as minimal and precise—“good grapes make good wine.”