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Online Masterclass: Dominique Landragin
February 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Dominique Landragin: Champagne Masterclass
About this Event
Included in your registration:
- Sample bottles (50ml ea, 1 sample bottle of the producer’s different wines to be showcased)
- Online Masterclass with the winery spokesperson
- Hosted by a Cork & Fork Logan Team Member
- 20% discount on all featured wines (minimum purchase of 3 bottles)
- Access to the online class, password protected (emailed after registration)
- Sample pack available for pick up after online event registration
- Sample pack available for delivery for $20 within a 10-mile radius
- Sample pack available for shipping within the USA for $30 via FedEx
About the Speaker:
The Landragin family traces back to the 1500s to the town of Rethel, in the Ardennes Département of Champagne, about 50 miles from Reims. Here at the crossroads of this historic trade-route, the Landragin’s were known as notable wool merchants. The Landragin family branched out from textiles to vineyard ownership and established land holdings in Verzenay in 1772. This began the multi-generational story of the Landragin’s ongoing love affair and lifetime commitment to the vine and wine.
Dominique’s grandfather, René Robert, was the first of the family to work with Champagne Veuve Clicquot as the Verzy Grand Cru Regional Viticulturist and Manager, from 1900 to 1945. Dominique’s father, Pierre Gustave Landragin, followed suite and took the a position at Veuve Clicquot in Verzy in the 1930s, then moved on to assume the role of Vineyard Manager at the Champagne Heidsieck Monopole where he managed vines both in Bouzy and in Verzenay. Pierre then chose to expand as a grower and, in 1952, oversaw the production of his namesake champagne, Champagne Landragin, under the classification of ‘Récoltant Manipulant’ or ‘Grower Champagne.’
With six generations of Champenois heritage flowing through his veins, Dominique Landragin, Pierre’s only son, followed in his father’s viticultural footsteps. During his formative years, working with his uncles in the vineyards, his passion for viticulture blossomed. Dominique went on to achieve his Wine Technician Diploma at the Avize Lycée Viticole de la Champagne, Champagne, and a Bachelor of Sciences in Viticulture & Oenology at the winemaking school in Beaune, Burgundy. Dominique worked as Vineyard Manager with Champagne Maison Lanson and Champagne Maison Deutz in the Champagne and Loire Valley regions.
His talent for crafting the most delicate bubbles led Dominique and his young family to Australia, where the role of Chief Sparkling Winemaker at Seppelt & Sons Great Western, Ararat, Victoria, was presented to him in 1978. Here in the great Australian outback, Dominique ‘mastered the art of the blend,’ as the legendary wine writer James Halliday wrote of Dominique, ‘of Australian sparkling wine.’
In 1982, Dominique co-founded Yellowglen Vineyards, an iconic sparkling wine estate in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, and the only Méthode-Traditionnelle producer in Australia at the time. Inevitably due to his Champagne roots, the production focused on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Dominique sourced prime fruit from the Yarra Valley, Smythesdale, Strathbogie Ranges, Mildura, Hunter Valley, and sometimes as far as Coonawarra. Yellowglen, with Dominique at the head of the blender’s table, was the first to release bottlings of a Crémant and Brut Rosé to the domestic Australian wine market. The production exploded, and the excellent 1982 vintage saw an entire year’s worth of production of Méthode Champenoise Chardonnay sell out within two weeks of release.
While in Australia, Dominique worked with some of the most influential winemakers and mentored by the likes of Bill Seppelt, Ian Home, and Bill Holmes. Along with consulting for Elders, Dominique went on to consult for Mildara in Victoria, Peter Lehmann in the Barossa, Tyrrell’s in Hunter Valley, Yarra Burn in the Yarra Valley, all while launching his project, Landragin Australia, Ballarat, Victoria. Dominique worked with one foot in Champagne and the other in Australia as a flying winemaker, but something was calling to him from another New World producing country.
During a visit to the USA, while marketing Landragin Australia, Dominique saw opportunities in making wine in the States. Once again, he took to the skies to pursue a new opportunity with Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery in the historic winemaking state of Virginia. Dominique soon became President of this pioneering wine estate on the East Coast.
Today, the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., is where Dominique calls home, and it is here where Cork & Fork is located. This wine store is a family-run affair, reputed to offer one of the best wine selections in the tri-state area of Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Cork & Fork boasts over 1,200 references and specialises in small grower Champagnes, as well as attaining niche selections from various wine-producing pockets in France, such as Burgundy, Rhône Valley, Languedoc, Jura, Alsace, and Loire Valley. One of the claims to fame for this unique wine merchant is the refined selection of cult, premium Californian wines from Napa Valley and Sonoma County, purchased from exclusive sources from the USA’s West Coast. The team keeps a constant and watchful eye on the market and adapts the selection in ways to reflect the ever-changing consumer trends, such as increasing the size of the Rosé department to represent one of the largest selections of pink delights in the D.C. area. All of this is achieved while offering an accessible and welcoming atmosphere for wine lovers.