Yann Vadin


VigneronYann Vadin
LocationCumières (Marne)
Size of Domaine7ha
TerroirContinental climate with Oceanic influence. Silty-sand, clay-limestone and limestone soils over a chalk bedrock. Mostly southern facing gentle slopes. 100-170m altitude.
ViticultureCertified organic (Ecocert) and practicing biodynamic
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In his late twenties, Yann Vadin now runs the 7ha estate of Vadin-Plateau with vineyards spread over 100 different parcels in the fine Premier Cru of Cumières to the north of Epernay and six other villages such as Ay, Damery, and Hautvillers.

Convinced that the way forward was to produce champagnes from specific villages and terroirs, he is now producing a separate range to the domaine’s traditional wines (which in time will be phased out). We have selected two cuvées from this new range, Renaissance and Bois des Jots, both from vineyards in Cumières.

Ploughing the soils and working organically has helped to produce wines with incredible purity, depth and resonance. Fermentation and initial ageing have been trialled with amphoras, cement eggs, and oak, and Yann prefers an extended period of bottle age.

These are seriously exciting champagnes – a lot more will be heard of Vadin-Plateau, and for now, they represent exceptional value for money.

02_Vine_Trail_Vadin_Plateau The village of Cumières

Vadin-Plateau Wines


Cumières 1er Cru
100% Pinot Meunier (12% alc.)

Yann produced this champagne from 40yo vines in Cumières. Made 80% from 2016 and 20% from 2015, it was cuve aged with no malos (not blocked by sulphur) and was neither fined nor filtered. The champagne has a fine bead (just 22 g/l sugar for the fermentation in bottle), a beautiful floral, mineral nose, excellent depth and weight of attractive red fruits on the palate, with a well-judged dosage of 3g/l.


Cumières 1er Cru
100% Pinot Noir (12.5% alc.)

Yann produces just 600bts of this 60yo vine pinot noir from the 0.5ha lieu-dit of Bois des Jots which has very deep clay soils overlying limestone on a southfacing hillside in Cumières. Here the yields average a very low 25hh which gives the wine a natural density, complexity and incredible length on the finish. Aged 70% in cement eggs, with the balance in stainless steel and old barrels, no malos, bottle-aged under cork and disgorged with zero dosage in January 2018, this champagne is quite special, and represents outstanding value for money.

Previous Grower ← Aurélien Suenen