Located in the picturesque commune of Charly-sur-Marne, Jean de la Fontaine is a family run winery. Established in 1946 under Albert and Beatrice, the 55 hectare estate consists of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir. As governed by the Appellation rules in Champagne, all the grapes are hand harvested and carefully transported to the winery where each variety is vinified separately and if destined for a blend, blended according to taste. They have invested in cutting edge equipment which allows them to work with minimal intervention in order to express best their terroir.
Since it was founded, the Champagne House has passed down through three generations, and is currently managed by sisters Aline, Claire, and Lise Baron. Aline has her BA in biochemistry, MA in microbiology, and her National Diploma in Oenology; Lise has a degree in Biology and her National Diploma in Oenology. Together, they oversee the estate from viticulture to vinification. On the business side, Claire earned her MA in Applied Foreign Languages in Business and Trade and uses those skills in her position as Sales Manager.
Continuing with their Grandfather Albert Baron’s vision, the sisters work aims to pass on a healthy earth to future generations. They have been selected as one of few in Champagne to gain their ‘Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne’ certification and ‘High Value Environmental’ awards.