Champagne Roger Coulon

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Vrigny, Champagne
People: Eric & Isabelle Coulon, Owners

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Champagne Roger Coulon NV 'Grande Tradition' Brut, Champagne 1er Cru AOC Login WA 87 In Stock

Eric and Isabelle Coulon are the representatives of the eighth generation of the Coulon family to be engaged as recoltant-manipulant growers, producing Champagne from Vrigny and the surrounding villages in the northwest corner of the Montagne de Reims. Since 1806, this family has gradually increased its holdings so that there are now 10 hectares (24.7 acres) under vines, almost all located within the 1er Cru rated villages of Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny (more than 80 plots), about 10 kilometers in distance from Reims. Production at Champagne Roger Coulon is approximately 90,000 bottles per year.

The vineyards are planted 40% to Pinot Meunier, 30% to Pinot Noir and 30% to Chardonnay. The average age of the vines is 38 years, a rarity in Champagne where old vines, and the limited production that is the result thereof, are often considered a curse rather than a blessing. Further, the vineyards are planted by the selection massale process rather than with modern clones. No herbicides are used, and harvest is done manually. The juice from the red grapes is fermented and aged in stainless steel but much of the Chardonnay is fermented in small oak barrels (not new). Only the natural, indigenous yeasts are used. The use of sulfur is limited. Depending on the harvest, the rate used is always under the Champagne average.

Reviews

  • Roger Coulon NV 'Grande Tradition' Brut, Champagne 1er Cru AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (10/15/2015)

    Straw yellow in color and mainly based on Pinot Meunier, the NV Grande Tradition Premier Cru Brut opens with an intense and fresh, but also somewhat earthy and greenish bouquet displaying hazelnut, marzipan and vegetal flavors along with discreet cherry and red currant aromas. Medium-bodied though quite intense, straight and mineral on the palate, this is a fruit-driven, dry and enjoyable champagne from the Montagne de Reims with a stimulating mineral finish. Drink this characterful champagne over the next 4-5 years. The sample I tasted was disgorged with six grams per liter in November 2013.