Champagne Roger Coulon NV 'Reserve de l'Hommee' Extra Brut, Champagne 1er Cru AOC
Item Number: 9037
Sub Region: Champagne
Appellation/AVA: Champagne 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): Pinot Meunier / Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
About the Wine: This Champagne is an equal blend of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, the last of which is barrel aged for seven months. Grapes are selected from vineyards in Vrigny and Pargny. The wine is aged for five years prior to disgorgement. This cuvée is yeasty and rich with a bold expression of terroir and is named for the ancient measure of vineyard work performed manually by a single person in a single day.
About the Brand: 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.
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 sulfites is limited.