About Domaine Lagille
Just a stone’s throw away from Reims, Vincent Lagille stands proudly in front of the Domaine Lagille sign, a placard welcoming people to the village of Trelson, recounting his family’s long history in this distinct region. The Lagille family have been making wine in Treslon in the Vallée de l’Ardre, since 1818—a point of pride for this young, driven winemaker. As winegrowers here since the 17th century, Vincent can’t imagine making wine anywhere else. “We are the ambassadors of Treslon,” he expresses with immense pride and a big smile across his face.
The Domaine is made up of 7.20 hectares, with 55% in Meunier, 30% in Chardonnay, and 15% in Pinot Noir. The Meunier is cultivated in “Cordon de Royat,” a system and pruning style usually reserved for the Grand Cru vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as lower yields allow for greater concentration. This is just one example of his pointed winemaking, as Vincent wants to experiment, invent, and continue to develop the family’s winemaking traditions. In 2019, Vincent and his sister, Maud, decided to convert the Domaine to organic viticulture to show true commitment to their work.
With 95% of their vineyards in Treslon, Vincent keys in on the idea of each wine being a true expression of the terroir of this village. One of the main ways he achieves this is through single-vineyard parcellaires, which allows him to dive deep in these single-varietal, terroir-defined wines. The only blended bottling is the ‘Cuvée Grande Réserve,’ while ‘Les Bergères,’ ‘La Garenne,’ and ‘Le Mont en Peine,’ make up the monovarietal bottlings. Some other overarching winemaking techniques are minimal dosage and passage in used barrels (minimum of 3-10 vintages). Vincent is even experimenting with glass globes and ‘Baie par Baie,’ showing just how far he is willing to push.
Walking around the expansive property with Vincent you cannot help but understand what he means when he says he is “always busy and must be efficient with his time,” as he points to the 180 degree outlook of vineyards and farmland that the family own and have cultivated for multiple generations.