Franck PascalChampagne, France
Franck Pascal started out as an engineer but the sad death of his brother and his spell in military service led to his taking over the family vines and a direction towards not just organic production but a fully integrated, holistic approach to vineyard management and wine production.
'After military service taught me all about the horrors of biological warfare and its effects on humans, I wanted to learn better methods of working with nature rather than using pesticides and herbicides for vines.' In everything he does, Franck goes a stage further. He developed his own natural compost after intense analysis of his soils and the small 7 hectare farm in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon is mostly ploughed using horses. Franck has also become a highly skilled wine maker and transforms his superb quality fruit into wine of great elegance and subtlety.