R. Pouillon & fils

Champagne| Vallée de la Marne | Mareuil-sur-Aÿ

Fabrice is dedicated to the vitality, energy and health of his vineyards. In 2003, he began the work of conversion to organic viticulture and today he incorporates biodynamic principles into his work including compost management, spraying herbal “teas” and applying 500 and 501 treatments. He currently uses only organic compounds for fertilizer, pheromone confusion to ward off pests, cover crops to restore nutrients in the soil and plows alternating rows. He is also a member of Lutte Raisonnée. These are wines that are light on their feet yet possess depth and intensity that unfold with each sip.

R. Pouillon & fils Méthode Fabrice Pouillon "Chemin du Bois" Extra-Brut 2016

This is Fabrice's most daring wine. Conceived as a Champagne that shows how farming can affect ripeness and ultimately influence the Champagne Method, which is highly interventionist, this Champagne is made only with grapes and grape sugar without any other sugar added. It is legal to add sugar in three steps in making Champagne: chaptalization, prise de mousse, and dosage. Fabrice sources this 100% pinot noir from a single parcel in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ called "Chemin du Bois." Here, he can achieve 12° Baumé at harvest. He then separates 15% of the pressed juice and holds it in steel until spring. The rest is fermented in neutral barrels with ambient yeast. After 12 months he blends the vin claire with the grape juice and the fermentation starts again with ambient yeast. When the remaining sugar reaches 24 grams/Liter, he bottles the wine under cork for the secondary fermentation. If dosage is used, it is made with grape juice. There is no other Champagne like this one.

  • 2016
  • Pinot Noir
  • Organic
  • France
  • Champagne
  • Vallée de la Marne
  • Biodynamic
  • "Chemin du Bois" in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ
  • Argile-calcaire
  • Neutral barrel
  • 1.5 L

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