Champagne Roger Coulon / Brut Grande Tradition Heri-Hodie 1er Cru (NV) / 750mL
Grapes: Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay
Geography: Champagne, France
Produced from holdings in the premier-cru villages of Vrigny, Pargny, and Coulomme, “Heri-Hodie” (in Latin, “Yesterday-Today”—a reference both to the family’s long history as vignerons and to the solera which forms a significant portion of this cuvée) is composed primarily of Pinot Meunier (60%), with smaller amounts of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (20% each). The current release—a blend of 50% 2014-vintage wine and 50% wine from Eric’s solera (which he fills halfway with a new vintage each year, and which he began in the early 1990s)—spent three years on its lees before disgorgement and received a very small three-grams-per-liter dosage. Pinot Meunier’s exuberant, zesty personality comes through loud and clear in this forward yet nicely taut wine, one whose earth-tinged flavors wear the imprint of their terroir proudly.