Records way back to Jean-Baptiste in 1757 show that the Rodez family has been producing their own Champagne for generations. Eric’s son Mickaël has patiently waited his turn in line to become the domaine’s vineyard manager, as the 9th generation of the family (with hopes that his young son Pol-Auguste will perhaps soon be the 10th.) Eric has 9 hectares of Pinot Noir and 7 hectares of Chardonnay planted along the south / southeastern facing slopes of Ambonnay and the vineyards are farmed in the same way they’ve always been, without pesticides, fertilizers or synthetic sprays. They have worked Organically Biodynamically for over a decade, and in 2012 received the ‘Haute Valeur Environnmentale (HVE)’ certificate given to farmers who achieve organic farming but also biodiversity and water management on their farms.
Eric Rodez has long been a high profile character in Ambonnay as he was once actually the Mayor. He also worked as an oenologist for the very famous Champagne house, Krug where he developed his winemaking/blending methods that he draws on today for his wines.