Roger Coulon

8 June 2023
“Roger Coulon remains one of the under-the-radar names in Champagne – I can’t recommend these highly enough” – Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Roger Coulon is a Champagne grower on the eve of stardom. With each release the plaudits grow and excitable comparisons are now being made to elite growers like Egly-Ouriet and Selosse.

Eric and Isabelle – the 8th generation of the Coulon family – tend vines in 1er and Grand Cru sites around the villages of Vrigny in the Montagne de Reims and Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs. Assisted by their children Louise and Edgar, they use an organic (and increasingly regenerative) approach to farm 11ha of ungrafted, old vine Pinot Meunier, in addition to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Pressed at low pressures and fermented with native yeasts, Coulon’s wines undergo extended time on lees before disgorgement and bottling with low dosage. The result is an assortment of intensely flavoured, vinous Champagnes with rich textures and tingling acidity.

Inspired by his time working with Philippe Pacalet and Fredéric Cossard in Burgundy, Edgar produces just a few barrels of Coteaux Champenois – Champagne’s still wine category developing real excitement amid a backdrop of climate change. Made from Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir, they offer whole-bunch perfumes and pure fruit flavours.

With Coulon’s latest releases receiving impressive reviews from the critics and the demand for Grower Champagnes showing little sign of slowing down, these bottles are not to be missed.

‘L’Hommée’ 1er Cru NV (£66/£134) Sold out
Power meets tension: white flowers, chalk, and crushed rock
95 Points, Vinous

‘Esprit de Vrigny’ 1er Cru NV (£90)  Sold out
Orchard fruit and sweet spice – supple and crowd-pleasing
93 Points, Vinous

‘Les Hauts Partas’ Grand Cru 2016 (£100)  Sold out
Lemon peel, chalk, and slate – saline and linear
94 Points, Vinous

Blanc de Noirs 1er Cru Extra Brut 2013 (£123)  Sold out
Marmalade, walnuts, toasted spices – powerful and long
95 Points, Vinous

Brut Millésime 2008 (£240)  Sold out
From one of the best vintages in living memory. Lemon peel, mint, white pepper. Vivid
94 Points, Vinous

Coteaux Champenois 1er Cru ‘Le Mont Moine’ Pinot Meunier 2020 (£99)  Sold out
Delicate and racy ­­– stemmy fruit, dried herbs, orange peel
92 Points, Vinous

Coteaux Champenois 1er Cru ‘Les Champs Chevalier’ Pinot Noir 2020 (£99)  Sold out
Sweet red berries and rose petals. Fresh and lifted
92 Points, Vinous

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