Champagne Stephane Coquillette – Chouilly

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Champagne Coquillette is situated in Chouilly, a village classified as Grand Cru in the Côte des Blancs. Stéphane Coquillette is a fourth generation winemaker in Champagne. His grandparents (Pierre and Hélène Coquillette) established the marque Champagne Saint-Chamant in 1930. In 1950, Stéphane’s father Christian took over the estate, which he still runs today. When Stéphane came of age, Christian sent him off on his own, thus Stéphane created and runs his own estate with 6 hectares of vines, Champagne S. Coquillette. The majority of the grapes come from Chouilly (Grand Cru), Cuis (Premier Cru 99%) for Chardonnay, d’Aÿ (Grand Cru) and Mareuil/Aÿ (Premier Cru 99%) for the Pinot Noir grapes. The vineyards are planted on limestone soil, growing on 10 inches of arable earth and directly on the “roche mere” or mother rock made of chalk decending for tens of meters. The characteristic of the sub-soil adds to the expression of aromas from the fruit and creates a refined wine. The vineyards are worked in part by plough and then the ground is covered with bark in order to stop erosion and prevent weeds from sprouting. Herbicides are avoided at all costs. Everything is done by hand, such as trellising and pruning, which avoids disease and allows for a healthy crop. There are four wine presses of 75 and 150 hectolitres. The juice is then stored in their new winery built in 2001. More than ten different parcels contribue to the cuvées of Champagne Coquillette, among them “Le Chemin d’Avize,” “Les Clés,” “Les Carelles,” “La Mutry,” “Les Sorsous,” “La Pouplot.”

Six wines are in range.

LESCLESCarte d’Or -A blend of Grand Cru and Premier Cru. There is 2/3 of Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Mareuil/Aÿ and 1/3 of Chardonnay from Chouilly and Cuis.Dosage 5 g/l.

Cuvee Diane -Is a 100% of Chardonnay from Chouilly and Cuis, from vines planted in 1964.It’s composed of a blend of Grand Cru and Premier Cru.Dosage 5 g/l.

Cuvee Les Cles -Is a Grand Cru from Aÿ, that is a 100% Pinot Noir. Mostly from vines planted in 1960.   Dosage 5 g/l.

Cuvee Millesime -Is a 100% Chardonnay from old vines. Dosage 5 g/l.

Cuvee Marie-Aimer -This is a 100% Pinot Noir «Rosé de Saignée» is neither fined nor filtered.  Dosage 5g/l.

Cuvee By Louis – 100% Pinot Noir 2010 – oak matured with no dosage.

Interesting that Stephane does not like the idea of using reserve wines to adjust the blend of his non vintage wines. So they are all from a single vintage but not marked as such since they do not rest on lees for the 3 year minimum period.

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