the vine

A vine has a lifespan of around 35 - 40 years. It becomes productive in its third year.  90% of our vines are of the Pinot Noir grape variety and 10% are Chardonnay. The planting is carried out on specially prepared, clean soil which has been rested for a minimum of one year.   
We plant the vines in the spring using specially selected grafted plants.  At Champagne Jean VESSELLE the upper part of the plant, which holds the fruit, is taken from a European plant variety- the vitivera family.  However, the roots of the plant come from an American plant variety. Essentially we graft the European vines to the resilient American root which is resistant to pests such as the phyloxerra insect.