Barrat-Masson was created in 2010 by the young husband-and-wife team of Aurélie and Loïc Barrat. They took over Loïc’s old family domaine, which had previously been selling grapes to a co-op.
Now working seven hectares, Aurélie and Loïc farm the vines organically and use a renovated old barn as their winery. The vineyards sit on the slopes of the Côte de Sézanne, planted 90% to Chardonnay and 10% to Pinot Noir. The Côte de Sézanne is a continuation of the Côte des Blancs, although the soil has more clay, and the wines are generally a somewhat riper and rounder style of Blanc de Blancs. This unique terroir allows for very dry wines, while maintaining balance. The team is not shy about their unfashionable use of a small percentage of press wine to increase aromatics and provide a little more “front-loaded” sugar that allows for low dosages when bottling. All Barrat-Masson wines see a bit of barrel aging and are bottled with little or no dosage.