White Burgundy with Champagne Soul: Dame Jeanne Coteaux Bourguignons
Some people have all the luck.
Take Jeanne Piollot, for instance. She grew up in the southernmost reaches of the Aube, where her parents operate not one, but two exquisite domaines — her father is the Père of Piollot Père et Fille, and her mother, Dominique, is the talent behind Champagne Marie Courtin.
And so, like any good daughter, Jeanne was inspired to follow in her parents' illustrious footsteps and establish herself as a vigneron.
Sadly, land in Champagne was out of her price range, so she looked further afield for her own little plot of vines.
Part of what sets the Aube apart — literally — is its extreme southerly situation, closer to Chablis than to Reims.
A parcel was found in a village called Molesme, a mere 20 kilometers away from her ancestral home, but technically Burgundy. And so Jeanne pivoted, albeit with material very familiar to any Champenois: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Her Coteaux Bourguignons, 'Alchemille' is 100% Chardonnay, and--while there's no question that this is pure, classical and authentic white Burgundy--there's a sharp minerality and a tension that reminds us of fine grower Champagne, even as a still wine.
The Aube's typical Kimmeridgian limestone soils are beyond evident here, with its seashell minerality, elegant structure and balanced flavors.
Though she's technically out of the Champagne AOC, her parents' influence is undeniable. You can see it in her minimal intervention in both the vines and the cellars.
Farming is organic, chemicals are eschewed, and to best show off the terroir and the purity of fruit, the cellar work is delicate. Very little SO2 is used, and the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
We're very excited about this emerging vigneronne.
We suspect big things are in store for Mademoiselle Piollot, and this is your chance to get in on the ground floor.
Enjoy a charming white Burgundy, and who knows — maybe in a few years you'll be able to say you knew her when.