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R. Pouillon et Fils, 'Les Valnons' Grand Cru Ay Extra Brut 2016
France / Sparkling

R. Pouillon et Fils, 'Les Valnons' Grand Cru Ay Extra Brut 2016

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Fruit

Earth

Acid

Body

Minerality

The Pouillon family has been growing grapes in the region for over a century, but it wasn’t until 1947 when Fabrice’s grandfather, Roger Pouillon, decided to produce wine from his holdings that the domaine was born. The Pouillon family’s holdings are in Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Avenay Val d’Or in the Grande Vallée, Epernay and Festigny along the Marne River, and Tauxières-Mutry, just to the north in the Montagne de Reims. The majority of the plantings are to pinot noir (3ha), followed by chardonnay (2ha) and pinot meunier (1ha).

Cuvee notes from Schatzi:

"The name of this cuvée is short for “les Valnons Froid Cul”—a famous and seemingly cold hill in Aÿ. This wine embodies a very unique and rare experience: tasting true blanc de blancs from one of the best situated slopes in Aÿ, a grand cru famous for rich, articulate pinot noir. This wine delivers clear mineral verve with distinctive richness and intense texture."

Country
France
Sub-Region
Vallee de la Marne
Region
Champagne
Varieties
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Farming
Biodynamic
Soil
Calcareous clay
Winemaking
Aged for 18 months in neutral barrique before bottling. Aged sur latte for over 3 years before disgorgement (winter 2022). Bottled as Extra Brut with a dosage between 1-4g/L.