Grape: Chardonnay/Pinot Noir
Working in the grand cru of Aÿ and throughout the Vallée de la Marne and the Montagne de Reims, Fabrice Pouillon, whose family has been growing grapes in the region for more than a century, is crafting articulate, expressive, terroir-driven wines that are vibrantly aromatic and complex.
Fabrice is dedicated to the vitality, energy and health of his vineyards. In 2003, he began the work of conversion to organic viticulture and today he incorporates biodynamic principles into his work including compost management, spraying herbal “teas” and applying 500 and 501 treatments. He currently uses only organic compounds for fertilizer, pheromone confusion to ward off pests, cover crops to restore nutrients in the soil and plows alternating rows to keep vine competition and soil aeration consistent despite varied growing conditions.
Les Blanchiens is a mono-cru in Mareuil. This wine is an equal blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, fermented separately in used barriques. No dosage. This vintage cuvee shows the terroir of Mareuil. Unique aromatics of black tea and bitter orange lead to an ultra-long, delineated palate. The wine has both power and grace.