Pouillon et Fils Brut Réserve / Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Champagne, France NV
Pinot Noir + Chardonnay + Pinot Meunier
Pouillon began back in 1947 with a tiny production from the family property in Vallée de la Marne and Montagne de Reims, gradually expanding to a respectable but miniscule holding of about 15 acres, or 6 hectares. Grandson Fabrice began farming the Pouillon land in ‘98 and converted to organic and biodynamic in 2003. To this day the entire Champagne region is notorious for its modern industrial approach and vineyard monoculture, and so these very early days of the organic movement in the wine industry showed us some folk with some true insight. The Pouillon family employs composts and cover crops, herbal teas and integrated pest management, and a lot of hard work by hand in order to champion the terroir they work in every day. The result is a bombastic mineral infusion that is intensely aromatic; a champagne layered with the bright red apple crunch of Pinot Noir, the electric pluck of Chardonnay, and the je-ne-sais-quoi savoriness of Meunier.
Champagne like this transcends words, it feels more like an experience, like watching lightning in the rain. The wine hits almost like a classic Manhattan cocktail: the rich deep velvet texture balanced by an herbal bitter bite, all wrapped up with that red-fruited burst of amarena cherry on top.
Fine Details: 65% Pinot Noir 15% Chardonnay 20% Pinot Meunier from the villages of Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Avenay-Val-d’Or, Épernay, Festigny, and Tauxières-Mutry. 50% 2016, 35% 2015, 15% solera (dating back to the 1990s) 5 grams / liter dosage
*Also, check out the secret note on the inside of the foil capsule that translates to: “The Pouillon family wishes you an enjoyable tasting.” We love secret notes, especially ones wrapped on champagne bottles.