Justine & François Petit-Boxler - Domaine La Rogerie

Oct 07, 2022

One of the best parts of following iconic producers is seeing the young talent emerge from them. Francois Petit was born and raised in Avize and spent time with (what producers did he spend time with...It was Selosse they don't want us to mention that:)…He has now taken the reins from his father and is giving us another name to focus on in the village Avize. Francois' wife is Justine Boxler whose family runs Albert Boxler in Alsace. What makes this project super unique is Justine didn’t leave Alsace for Champagne and Francois didn’t leave Avize for Alsace...they decided that they would rather conquer both.

Justine and Francois took over for Francois’ father starting in 2015. Right away, they started to farm differently. The focus was to ensure they had a healthy and sustainable vineyard. The same year they installed cellars in Alsace to make sure they were staying true to their word and focus on both regions.

Viticulture and Vinification

LA ROGERIE - CHAMPAGNE

Their vineyards are in Avize and extend to the border of Cramant and Oger. These vineyards are famously known for their chalky rich soils made up of marine fossils. They carefully plow by horse and lightweight tractors, have eliminated herbicides/pesticides, and are using homemade organic compost. The goal is to encourage the natural growth and development of organic biodiversity in the vineyards and showcase the purest form of terroir. Justine and Francois have also recently moved into a farmhouse that has been in the family for quite some time. The vision is to have home and farm that supports their winemaking ideology!"We use the rest of our field seeds-oats, wheat, barley, mustard… to be sowed during winter into the vineyard in order to avoid having to protect the soils with anything other than natural protection, which increases the biomass and create less compaction in the soils.The vines were planted between 1937 and 1961 therefore the entire vineyard is composed of very old vines, massale selection”

LA ROGERIE - ALSACE

One of the things that really caught our attention when first meeting Justine and Francois was their passion and dedication to their roots. It is so rare to see winemakers come together to one place from two separate regions and continue to make wine in both. One of my favorite regions is Champagne. I don’t want to say I wasn't open-minded and offered equal excitement to both parts of production, but you can say I was most lit up about tasting the Champagnes. After one sip of the Brand Riesling and a bite of Alsatian style pizza from a local Baker, my mindset totally shifted.

The Wines of La Rogerie

2013 Champagne La Rogerie Héroïne

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Chardonnay

THE VINEYARD Avize Grand Cru

SOIL Chalk

AGING 84+ months on the lees

DISGORGE/DOSAGE September 2021 2g/l

BOTTLES PRODUCED 6048 bottles

NV Champagne La Rogerie La Grande Vie

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Chardonnay from 2017 Base & 30% Reserve from 2004-2012

THE VINEYARD Avize Grand Cru

SOIL Chalk AGING 36+ months on the lees

DISGORGE/DOSAGE September 2021/ 3g/l

BOTTLES PRODUCED 4500 bottles

La Grand Vie translates to “ the good life” living life to your own commitments, beliefs, and ideology

2020 La Rogerie Brand Grand Cru Riesling

ASSEMBLAGE 100% Riesling

THE VINEYARD Turckheim - Grand Cru Brand

SOIL Granite, Mica Schist VINE AGE 30 years

AGING 228L Barrel for 11 months

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1 Barrel- 300 bottles

2020 La Rogerie Le Bouc Blanc

ASSEMBLAGE 2019 & 2020 Pinot Blanc & Pinot Auxerrois

THE VINEYARD Katzenthal, Niedermorschwihr, Ingersheim

SOIL Granite, bottom of the slope

VINE AGE 25-40 years

AGING 228L/400L Barrels 11-23 months aging on the lees

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1500 bottles