Grower Champagne Club – March 2015

Roger Pouillon et Fils, Brut Cuvée de Réserve
Like many grower-producers in Champagne today, the Pouillon family grew grapes in the region for decades before they began making their own Champagne from their fruit. That was in 1947 when Roger Pouillon decided to make his own wine from a small parcel he owned in Mutigny. The family was able to acquire more vineyard property over the next several decades and they now have a number of holdings around Epernay, in both the Valley of the Marne and in the southern reaches of the Montagne de Reims. Their vineyards are planted mostly to Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay and then Pinot Meunier. The Pouillon estate is based in Mareuil-sur-Äy (also famously home to the large but still family-owned estate of Billecart-Salmon). Fabrice, grandson of founder Roger, joined the family estate in 1998 after finishing degrees in both business and enology. Working alongside his father, they began to convert to organic viticulture in 2003 and to incorporate biodynamic principles as well, all in order to best express the character of their terroir in their wines. They age those wines in a combination of stainless steel and older oak barrels and all of their wines go through full malolactic fermentation. Pouillon wines are known for their terroir-driven character and high-toned aromatics, fresh acidity, and incredible length. This Brut Réserve is 70% Pinot Noir, and 15% each Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, blending fruit from all of their holdings. Fermented 85% in tank and 15% in oak, it is silky and richly textured, with aromas of brioche and an inviting nuttiness on the palate. It is $55 and is drinking beautifully now, or anytime over the next few years. Enjoy it with sushi, smoked salmon, shellfish, or just on its own.