N.V. R. Pouillon et Fils "Les Terres Froides" Blanc de Blancs, Champagne, France

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The base for this "Les Terres Froides" Blanc de Blanc is from the 2016 vintage along with 30% of reserve wine. It was vinified in 60% neutral barrel and 40% enamel tank and aged for over three years on the lees before a disgorgement of 3.5 grams per liter. The grapes come from the Les Fourches lieu-dit in the village of Tauxièrres-Mutry in Montagne de Reims where the microclimate is cool to cold, thus the name "Les Terres Froides" or "The Cold Earth/Land." Like all R. Pouillon Champagnes we've tried, this is another elegant, somewhat delicate wine with beautiful fruit and balance. R. Pouillon et fils was founded in 1947 when Roger Pouillon decided to try to make his own wine from the fruit of his tiny parcel in the village of Mutigny he had been selling to négotiants. In 1964, Roger was joined by his son, James, (thus the "et fils" or "and son") who became the winemaker. By 1967 their total vineyard holdings only added up to one hectare spread across the three villages of Mutigny, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Tauxières. By 1987, the estate expanded to a whopping 5 hectares including two in the Côtes des Blanc, enabling them to produce Grand Cru Chardonnay. Roger passed away in 1993 and his grandson, James' son, Fabrice, joined the company along with his wife, Elodie, who both run the domaine today. They farm their now total 7.5 hectares of include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier organically, following biodynamic principles. They no longer sell off any of their estate fruit and produce Premier and Grand Cru bottlings including vintage Extra Brut, vintage Brut Nature, Solera Brut and this Brut Rosé.

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