In November, we featured Hervé Dubois for the first ever Champagne Collective subscription box.
As always, we like to tell you all about the grower and their story - we even had the good fortune to catch up with Nina Dubois and ask her a few questions. At Champagne Collective HQ, we're a big fan of the Hervé Dubois Blanc De Blancs that was included in this months box - we'll definitely be popping open a bottle to celebrate!
The story of Hervé Dubois started all the way back in 1920 with Paul Dubois.
Paul Dubois was a coach driver at the Castle Cazanove in Avize where he carried and delivered wine by horse & cart, at the end of the War of 1914.
After purchasing a parcel of farmland in the Champagne appellation*, he turned his hand to vinting and did not look back.
4 generations later, the Dubois family is as passionate as ever about maintaining the family craft of producing lovely selections of champagne. Since 2012 Herve’s daughter Nina has joined the house and is continuing the tradition of producing delightful and interesting champagnes.
The Dubois vineyards are located in the Grand Cru** village of Avize, in the heart of the Cote des Blancs. The land and soil, or terroir, tends to be chalky - it’s that you can thank for the crisp mineral-y flavours that underlie the Hervé Dubois Blanc de Blancs.
A word from Nina Dubois
We had the pleasure of grabbing some precious mid-harvest moments with Nina Dubois.
What’s your favourite piece of the champagne making process?
My favourite part would be the harvest, when we imagine how will be the wine and the blending, when we compose a cuvée,
What makes Herve Dubois unique and special?
What makes us different would be my father’s experience and the fact that we work without malo-lactic fermentation*** on the Chardonnay, we really want to keep the minerality on the wine…
Any special tips for the Collective members?
My top tip… I love champagne as an aperitif… we drink champagne every day and for every occasion, so, for us champagne goes with everything !
*appellation - a term for a specially designated area of land in France. We’ll get to appellations and the French wine geography in a later post.
**Grand Cru - classification of a specially designated areas of Champagne.
*** Malo-lactic fermentation is the stage of the champagne making process that gives champagne the bready, brioche type flavours.