Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

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Nicolas Feuillatte was one of the largest US importer of African coffee, he was living the American dream as a prominent figure among the New York jetset. He returned to France consumed by a desire to create a great Champagne. Having acquired 12 hectares of vines in Bouleuse in the Ardre Valley, close to Reims, he threw himself heart and soul into the Champagne venture.

Sales got off to an excellent start, largely due to the quality of the Champagne, whose reputation had been built in the main among the leading figures of society, amongst whom Nicolas Feuillatte forged friendships with such personalities as Jackie Kennedy and Lauren Bacall. 

When the standalone production of the estate very rapidly proved insufficient, the time had come to expand his business. It was at this point that Nicolas Feuillatte contacted a relatively recently formed Cooperative Union, the Centre Vinicole de la Champagne (CVC). From the CVC’s perspective, with its complex, cutting edge technology, it could foresee its production increasing with each additional member cooperative. For the CVC, the time was ripe to gain added impetus and face new challenges to ensure the continued expansion of the Centre.

Since the exceptional harvest of 1970, the CVC had been gathering together a number of growers, under the visionary and charismatic leadership of Henry Macquart, the CVC’s first president during the period 1972-1980. A name and a facility. When the CVC and Nicolas Feuillatte first came together, destiny seemed to be taking its course for both parties. And rather than doing things by halves the two parties officially merged. On March 6, 1986, Nicolas Feuillatte sold the brand name to the CVC, which would later become known as the CV-CNF, the greatly renowned Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. This union would signal the onset of their meteoric success, as recounted in the pages of this brochure. Today Nicolas Feuillatte is the largest Champagne in France, is in the top five world wide.

The cooperative status of the Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte has the unique advantage of the wealth and diversity of its fruit supply, guaranteed by grape growers with a unique savoir-faire. Their unrivalled position allows the brand access to more than 2,250 hectares of this unique vineyard; with its northern position, climatic conditions where Atlantic and continental influences converge, a naturally irrigated chalk subsoil, plantings on the slopes and a wide variety of parcels, which make this an original terroir and a controlled designation of origin, or appellation controlée.

In the quest for the finest quality, a single imperative governs every decision : to respect nature and express the true character of the terroir. Grapes are harvested exclusively by hand to keep the berries intact until they enter the press, thus guaranteeing the quality of the juices and avoiding oxidation at all costs.  Picking manually also enables the growers to select only the finest grapes, and in so doing provide the Chief Winemaker with incomparable, unparalleled quality.

The CV-CNF’s fruit supply is thus sourced from 13 of the 17 Champagne Grand Cru vineyards, 33 of 42 Premier Crus and 259 of 320 other Crus from the Champagne appellation. From the Marne Valley to the Côte des Bar via the Saint-Thierry Massif, Montagne de Reims, Côte de Sézanne and the Ardre Valley, le CV-CNF can rely on the professionalism and exacting standards of more than 5,000 grape growers.

Not only is the grape supply diverse, but the different varieties are also of extremely high quality. Made up of 25% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Meunier, the grapes represent an unparalleled aromatic spectrum.

Chardonnay, with its floral and citrus notes, brings elegance and finesse to the Champagne, while the Pinot Noir, with its red fruit aromas and considerable structure, brings body and power. Finally, Meunier imparts softness, roundness and fruit character to the wines. And rather like three primary colours on an artist’s palette, these three varietals form the foundations of all the wines for the Chief Winemaker of the House.

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