Coulon Champagne Blanc de Noirs 2012

$74.99
A vintage cuvee produced exclusively from Pinot Meunier (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%) and aged for 5 years prior to disgorgement; much of this blend is based on fruit from the old vines parcel of Pinot Meunier known as Les Linguets in Vrigny that was planted in 1953; the wine is neither filtered nor fined and only a minimal dosage is applied when this vintage Champagne is disgorged. Eric and Isabelle Coulon are the representatives of the eighth generation of the Coulon family to be engaged as recoltant-manipulants, 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 under vines, almost all located within the 1er Cru rated villages of Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny, about 10 kilometers 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 masalle 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.