ESPRIT DE VRIGNY

Brut Nature Champagne Roger Coulon NV

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Grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Colour White
Origin France, Champagne
Other Certified Organic
Village Vrigny
ABV 12%

33% Pinot Meunier on Thanecian sand, 33% Chardonnay on chalk, 33% Pinot Noir on clay and 1% 'de mystery'. Old vines. Certified organic. Spontaneous fermentation in a mix of vats and small oak barrels, wines are aged in small oak barrels for 10 months on the lees. Natural clarification. Six years sur lattes after tirage. Dosage 0 g/l.
Apple skins and membrillo. Rain-bruised orange blossom and iced cardamom. On the palate, it's a dragonfly, like catching light and shadows. A tiny note of something sweet, almost nougat, that disappears without a trace in a second. Lemon-drizzle cake and then the bitter fragrant bite of grapefruit peel. And then, the wake of this constantly moving wine is chalk, soaked in rain and soaked in lemon and packed in white pepper and trace-etched with slightly green tobacco leaves. Like all these Coulon wines, almost impossible to pin down with words. Defiant and glorious.
Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 18 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2023)

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The three main Champagne varieties combined in the cuvée to represent the terroir of Vrigny - one third Pinot Meunier on sand, one third each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir on clay. 2017 base. No dosage. A softly foamy start, super-dry, but richly flavoured with complex balanced citrus and berry notes - they are not looking for fruit flavours but for the spirit of the place to come through. Amazing saline finish. A palate-whetting apéritif, or this would be brilliant with seafood. Aged six years before release. Drinking range: 2022 - 2027L&S (Oct 2022)

The NV (2017) Brut Nature Esprit de Vrigny is a blend meant to capture the essence of Vrigny. Soft and caressing, the Esprit is very easy to enjoy, even in the early going. Dried pear, crushed flowers, spice, tangerine oil and gently spiced notes are nicely pushed forward. Soft and supple, with no hard edges, the Esprit is pretty engaging today. Disgorged: July, 2022. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2023)

Champagne Roger Coulon

Eric and Isabelle Coulon, now joined by their children Edgar and Louise, have around 11 hectares of vines in Premier and Grand Cru sites in Vrigny, Gueux and Coulommes-la-Montagne on the Montagne de Reims, and Chouilly on the Côte des Blancs. The vineyards are farmed organically under the principles of agroforestry. They are justly proud of the history of the vineyard, which goes back to the cultivation of vines here in the 6th century, and also of their own long family history, with Edgar and Louise being the ninth generation.

The vines are in around 100 parcels, so although they aim to press by parcel, some do end up going together. Around one third is vinified in tank, the rest in barrel. Both Edgar and Louise have trained in wine-making elsewhere, Louise at Domaine Ott, and Edgar with Philippe Pacalet and Fredéric Cossard in Burgundy, but also in England and Australia.

The family aim to pick at decent maturity, to give the wines a natural balance and feel, and the maximum dosage used is 3g/l. The second fermentation is at around 4.5-4.8 bar, a little lower than the classical 5 bar, giving what Eric describes as 'measured effervescence'. 'I make wine of Champagne not Champagne', he adds, 'Everything at Roger Coulon needs to be harmonious, that's what counts the most for me'.

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