The relationship between Lamotte's familly and the village of Champillon predates the French Revolution. It is primarily the job of a lumberjack exercised Jean-Baptiste Lamotte, a contemporary of Louis XVI and his son François-Charles Lamotte, born in 1801 Champillon. Two of Francois-Charles’s sons, François-Victor and Jules Lamotte, begin to plant and cultivate the vine in Champillon in the mid-nineteenth century. Two generations later René Lamotte, born in 1902, and his sister Henriette, born in 1906, decided to develop and market their champagne with grapes from their vineyard. The first bottles of Champagne R&H Lamotte will be sold during the interwar period. Nearly a century later, Edouard GUILLEPAIN, great grandson of René Lamotte, still operatespassionately a large part of the family estate, continuing the work of six generations of winemakers.
R & H Lamotte’s vineyard is located in the historic heart of the champagne wine in the villages of Champillon, Dizy and Ay. These exceptional terroirs, classified in UNESCO's World Heritage, are ranked premier and grand cru wines in Champagne. They also adjoin the famous vineyard Hautvillers where Dom Perignon officiated, and the city of Epernay, the capital of Champagne. The three grape varieties: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay are represented. There is no great wine without grapes of high quality, Edouard therefore attaches priority to provide the best care for his vineyard. So he led a wine called rational to promote optimal ripening of the grapes and protect the vine against parasites, while ensuring minimal impact on the environment. In general, each operation in the vine, whether manual or mechanical, is reflected and measured.
Considering that grape quality is sufficient in itself, winemaking is devoid of artifice, to let the terroir to express itself through wine. R&H Lamotte’s Champagnes exclusively come from vineyards being first and grand cru. Some great vintages of Pinot Noir vinified in small oak barrels of 205 liters. Riddling and disgorging are performed manually. On each bottle you will find the date of bottling, of disgorging and the value of the assay.