Roger Coulon Heri-Hodie Grande Tradition 1er Cru Brut

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Aged for three years prior to being disgorged; a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay; selected from vineyards situated in Vrigny, Coulommes and Pargny. A modest dosage is applied at the time of disgorgement to render a fresh, floral, but still full-bodied Champagne. From the Latin "Yesterday-Today," Heri-Hodie clearly displays the constancy of its terroir with a perpetual reserve solera that goes back to 1995. The wine is fresh and floral without sacrificing body or concentration.

ABV: 12%

Residual Sugar: 3 g/L

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. They occupy a tiny fringe within a region still largely mired in chemical farming and dominated by the ultra-powerful Grandes Marques: organic viticulture, spontaneous fermentations, low sulfur, and no fining or filtration all allow this estate’s terroirs to speak clearly of the magic that one can encounter on the slopes surrounding Reims.

Coulon is one of only 6 growers in the élite Trait d’Union, an association committed to expressing terroir and working as naturally as possible. The other members, Egly-Ouriet, Larmandier-Bernier, Sélosse, Prévost, and Jacquesson, are lofty company indeed, with prices far higher than Coulon’s. Their wines strike an uncanny balance between precision and richness, combining penetrating minerality with the boldness and power these red-grape-dominated terroirs deliver at their best.