2012 Roger Coulon Blanc de Noirs ChampagneTabula Rasa
This vintage Champagne is a superbly fresh champagne proffering aromas of yellow fleshed fruits and citrus, followed by nuanced mineral on the finish. Only grapes of exceptional maturity are used in this 2012 vintage cuvee blended from equal parts of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.
Coulon is one of only six growers in the elite Trait d’Union, a collective of producers committed to expressing terroir and working as naturally as possible. Eric and Edgar’s 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. The extended lees contact does nothing to compromise the wines’ clarity, and Eric’s judicious use of barrels—never new, and never by rote (he determines which varieties are best suited to barrel- aging based on the character of the vintage)—adds complexity to the wines without loudly announcing its presence.