Our philosophy : working for the best
For 7th generation, our philosophy has been the same, working for the best. That means we drive the vineyard and the enterprise sustainably and to make sure that each bottle will be the best one.
This is global philosophy : from the very beginning, we think quality first, when choosing our clones for planting. Then, every action we undertake, every choice we make, strives for quality and respect of our vineyard and our environment.
At the harvest for example, we host at home our team of 25 pickers. Some of them have been coming for the harvest at Plener for 30 years.
In the vineyard, we follow the rules of integrated land management and sustainable vinegrowing : that means we do accept a part of risk in our decisions (not) to use and spray plant protection products. We also respect and encourage biodiversity : the majority of our vineyard has grass, to avoid weedkiller, and we work our soil mecanically.
For winemaking, we follow the path of our ancestor Jean Plener (4th generation) who joined forces with five other winegrowers in Bouzy. Together, they built a press room and a tank room ; in order to share costs and invest in the best material. We do the same : the team of grand-grand-sons of the founders still share time and money for the best quality. We work with modern, new and qualitative tools (press, pumps, tanks etc). Combined with the quality of our grapes, that allows our wines to have a natural evolution.
Our philosophy, at Champagne Jean Plener Fils, is making sure that each bottle is the best bottle. That means we cannot do more than one blend, the best blend. This creative rule, that we impose ourselves, pushes us to be intransigeant. We cannot make any compromise. No premium blend, no basic blend : but a Plener blend, the best of our art.