Eric and Isabelle Coulon, of Champagne Roger Coulon, are 'Recoltants-manipulants' (Growers and Producers) at Vrigny, in the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. For 8 generations this family of wine growers has cultivated vines, harvested grapes and produced and sold its own wine. The vineyeard produces 75,000 bottles per year.
The family vineyard of 9 hectares (22.5 acres), is spread over 70 parcels of land in 5 villages. It benefits from a privileged situation on South-east facing slopes and on a sub soil made up of chalk and clay. Grass is grown between the vines on every other row to limit erosion, then cut in the Spring to prevent weed development.
The vines grown are 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay and the average age of the vines is 38 years.