An Interview with Hélène Beaugrand - Champagne Beaugrand
Hélène Beaugrand : A wonderful woman winemaker, she has traveled a lot and she is so motivated to create wine to please the world, she is also the mother of 2 children and has an enourmous heart. I had the great pleasure of meeting her and she answered the Wine Queen questions... an interview that is worth to read!
Is it harder to work in the wine sector for a woman?
There is no difficulty in general with the work of the vine and the cellar except certain handling operations which require the presence of a third person
On the commercial level, with equal or higher skills, the approach to a woman is easier.
People are more listening, their attention is in awakening.
A woman seeks more to perpetuate her contacts.
Trade relations quickly become friendly.
There is a true sharing of my passion with the people I meet.
The hardest thing is always to leave and to say that everything is going to happen our absence especially when we have children.
What is the impact that women have and could have on the world of Production of wine?
I think we make the wine more elegant by its more balanced structure looking for more fresh mineral wines.
And by our bottle covers with more refined labels.
We are looking for a close contact perhaps thanks to our maternal instinct.
Create is a gift we seek to share and discover in order to produce emotions.
If you could start from scratch, choose again a career in the world of wine?
If we had to start from scratch, I would not change the way.
I was not raised in the vineyard
Neither did my oenological studies in Champagne but in Burgundy
My experiences with foreigners have been magical
My passion for wine tasting and their elaboration is very real and for nothing in the world I would change profession.
What attracted you most to the world of wine?
The exchanges and share my experiences during my many oenological stays in France and abroad. I like to discover and taste the wines of the world always in search of emotion.
Having only returned to vinification for the first time on the family estate in 2008
I did not know the Champenois world, during a presentation of my champagnes in Sweden I had the chance to meet Claire Blin winegrower in Champagne.
We immediately exchanged and wanted to create a sparkling association of girls vignerons. Today we created the association of Fa'Bulleuses de champagne
It is a real moment of happiness to be able to exchange our problems but also to share the moments of our private lives. We are stronger because we are united and share the same values.
If you could tune your wine with something other than food, what you choose? .You can share us who your favorite artist, she style of music you like, your song, book, favorite movie?
I like to listen to classical music when I wake up like the concert of David Patrois vibraphone and piano of Bach or the radio has killed head in my bathroom or dancing on present music with my children cooking .. I love dancing they call me Helen the queen of the night!
My favorite movie skin of ass with Catherine Deneuve music of Patric Legrand
One moment I am in my period that l like only to watch romantic movies and I shed a little tear!
Do you have secret dreams waiting to be realized? If so, you would like to share with our readers?
Following a meeting, .... during the 2015 harvest, while walking in our vineyard, I had a real blow of heart on seeing our magnificent grapes of pinot meunier!;))
This grape variety is not planted on the hill of Montgueux these few rows of pinot meunier dates from the time of my grandfather.
The age of the vignes are over 55 years old.
Usually we assemble these reasons with our Pinot Noir but we never thought of making a cuvée.
As guided by a small voice, I chose to vinify these rare grapes to make an exceptional cuvée with 3000 bottles.
I am creating somthing very special that will be very feminine and innovate! I hastened to present it to you!
What do you mean to a group of women who drink your wine?
The most important is to experience emotion by drinking my wines, (a wine)
When you know the work, the time and love that you put in your champagne glass Beaugrand one can only take the time to listen to his little bubbles tell you a beautiful family history and appreciate.
For my part I do not drink wine but I taste it.
I am very curious in search of new smells ... I drink very little but tastes enormously (in my trade it is important to spit!)
Can you explain more about your range of Beaugrand Champagnes and your terroir?
It is a champagne made with passion my grandfather Léon Beaugrand had seen just by fighting for obtaining the champagne appellation for the isolated hill of Montgueux.
Thanks to our terroir extraordinaire I can harvest my golden chardonnay.
The wines are constantly evolving towards greater finesse.
All our vintages come from old vines Aged 45 years on a grassy soil the champagnes are degours after a minimum of four years of cellar.
I dose little, or even some vintages. Thanks to the roundness of my wines I do not have to add a dose of sugar in all my cuvées.
Let us quote our magnificent vintage 2008 vintage of whites not dosed mineral and saline
Or our vintage chardonnay carte non-dosed fresh and velvety to put in mouth before the meal (amazing for people who do a champagne diet)
But also our cuvée Chardonnay reserve dosed to 7 grams per liter assembled with 5 per cent of wines vinified in oak barrels perfect for food pairing....
My favorite : Rosé Brut
Specific beautiful salmon color, with red borders, nice shine without sediments, with small bubbles rather concentrated in the middle in area.
Very aromatic nose, a mixture of red fruits and cooked apple, very pleasant lactic smell and an exceptional freshness.
An explosion in mouth, perfect equilibrium, the high acidity is amazing, the taste of red fruits and apple are persistent at the end in the palate, fresh and the delicated gassy, so dainty!
Food pairing i would make the risk to suggest : salmon and lemon - otherwise also a nice apple dessert.
Art Pairing : Johan Sebastian Bach quote: "The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul."