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Domain: Olivier Horiot

A relatively recent discovery in Champagne, the Olivier Horiot estate is located in the Côte des Bar area of the Champagne wine region. It produces both superb champagnes and still wines; the latter beautifully illustrating the terroir and its character. The wines are biodynamic and contain a majority of Pinot Noir, but Olivier Horiot also utilises historical grape varieties that quite uncommon.

Located in Les Riceys, the Olivier Horiot domain has belonged to the same family for several generations. The villages that makes up Les Riceys have a tumultuous past (in its long history, it has been defined and redefined as both Burgundy and Champagne) yet Olivier Horiot has succeeded in producing innovative and unusual wines from biodynamic viticulture and natural processes. Les Riceys is in fact the only village in the Champagne region permitted to produce both non-sparkling (red and white Côteaux Champenois as well as rosé) and sparkling wines. Since 1999, Olivier Horiot has made it his mission to bring back the region's seven indigenous grape varieties, producing cuvées coveted by both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts. Olivier Horiot has been a revelation in the Champagne region in recent years. His family has lived in Les Riceys in the heart of the Côte des Bar part of Champagne for generations. Furthering its uniqueness, Les Riceys is the only one in Champagne to boast three appellations. One of these is Champagne, of course, but there are also two non-sparkling wine appellations: Côteaux Champenois (red and white) and Rosé des Riceys. The latter is an astonishing and aromatic rosé. Its appeal may be narrow, but the talent Olivier Horiot has ensured it is perfectly crafted. Horiot farms 8.5 hectares in the commune of Les Riceys. The majority is planted with Pinot Noir (classic variety for Aube), but he also grows Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Meunier and Arbane, an old, traditional variety that is increasingly popular with "specialised" winegrowers. Olivier Horiot has taken over new vineyard parcels (through family or acquisition) and since 2013, the vineyard has had official organic and biodynamic accreditation (Biodyvin). Olivier Horiot has also built and fitted out a brand-new cellar, providing the best possible conditions for wine production where the grapes can reach their full potential. Possibly inspired by nearby Burgundy, the domain is increasingly separating out its different terroirs into distinct cuvées. The result is superb champagnes with a strong personality that stand out from the often more anonymous blended champagnes.

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Olivier Horiot Soléra Brut Nature - Champagne (Sparkling)

Arbane, petite meslier, chardonnay, pinot blanc, pinot gris, pinot meunier, pinot noir

A Champagne produced from seven varieties using the solera method, heavily inspired by sherry production techniques.

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Olivier Horiot 5 Sens

Olivier Horiot 5 Sens - Champagne (Sparkling)

Chardonnay, Pinot noir, pinot blanc, Pinot meunier, arbane

Made from 5 grape varieties and 5 terroirs vinified plot-by-plot, this is a unique, ripe and lively Champagne.

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Olivier Horiot Blanc de Noirs Sève Brut Nature

Olivier Horiot Blanc de Noirs Sève Brut Nature - Champagne (Sparkling)

100% Pinot noir

The Sève Blanc de Noirs is produced on the principle of "one grape variety, one vineyard plot, one year". A superb, powerful and mineral Champagne.

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Olivier Horiot Rosé de Saignée Sève en Barmont

Olivier Horiot Rosé de Saignée Sève en Barmont - Champagne (Sparkling Rosé)

100% Pinot noir

This is a sumptuous extra brut Pinot Noir!

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Olivier Horiot Brut Nature Sève en Barmont - Champagne (Sparkling)

100% Pinot noir

A natural Blanc de Noirs. Fresh, fruity, spicy and vinous; it offers nice minerality.

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Olivier Horiot En Valingrain

Olivier Horiot En Valingrain - Champagne (Rosé)

100% Pinot noir

A round and indulgent rosé, fruity with light tannins, produced by Olivier Horiot, a recent Champagne revelation.

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Olivier Horiot Riceys En Valingrain - Champagne (White)

Chardonnay / Pinot Blanc

Un côteaux champenois blanc de la commune des Riceys, par un spécialiste de la vinification parcellaire.

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Olivier Horiot En Barmont

Olivier Horiot En Barmont - Champagne (Rosé)

100% Pinot noir

A 100% Pinot Noir with a concentration of red fruits.

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Olivier Horiot Métisse Extra Brut

Olivier Horiot Métisse Extra Brut - Champagne (Sparkling)

80% Pinot noir, 20% pinot blanc

A characterful Champagne. Fresh and lively, it is ideal as an apéritif.

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Olivier Horiot Riceys Rouge

Olivier Horiot Riceys Rouge - Champagne (Red)

100% Pinot noir

This red produced in the Riceys area by a reference winemaker in Champagne is a curiosity that is worth trying for its fruitness, delicacy and racy tannins.

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What the guides say...

  • La Revue du vin de France
This artisan winemaker produces an intriguing lineup of rosé de Riceys and (unfiltered) Coteaux Champenois, vinified plot by plot: they deliver the vegetal vibrancy and aromatic finesse of northern Pinot Noir. A unique taste sensation amplified by biodynamic viticulture; the wines become more natural with every vintage.
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  • Bettane & Desseauve
On their 8.5-hectare estate, Marie and Olivier Horiot are one of the friendliest and most skilled couples in Les Riceys. They worked with singular parcels before it was trendy, like the excellent “En Barmont”. They also didn't wait to revive forgotten grape varieties that now go into the cépage of the renowned Cinq Sens cuvée.
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