Jean-Michel Gremillet's longed-for plot of land became a reality in 2013, when he planted the Clos Rocher with 1.40 hectare of pinot noir grapes, just 50m from his cellars in Les Riceys. This is one of the few Clos in the Champagne region.
He chose the name Clos Rocher in memory of his 19th century wine-growing ancestors. He has even placed part of a stone from a house in the village at the entrance to his plot – it reads “This stone was laid by Charles Rocher, aged 8 – 1855”.
But you will have to wait until 2019 for the first bottles to pop open.