Champagne Roger Coulon – Vrigny
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 cultivating on 10 hectares, almost all located within the 1er Cru rated villages of Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny, a short 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. 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 most of the Chardonnay is fermented in small old oak barrels. Only the natural, indigenous yeasts are used.