It is along the Tourist Road of Champagne that the family House J.M. GOULARD can be found. In the heart of Saint-Thierry Mountain, at Prouilly, the invitation is launched to meet the producers of J.M. GOULARD Champagne: Jean-Marie, Martine and Damien GOULARD.
The Champagne House
In 1978, Jean-Marie and Martine found the bases of their own estate. Dedicated to the quality of their champagnes, Jean-Marie and Martine practiced traditional viticulture. In the same way as their gardeners and farmers ancestors did, they take care of their cultures daily.
The three sons of the House: Sébastien, Sylvain and Damien, had a childhood paced by the visit of J.M. GOULARD Champagne connaisseurs. Damien takes over the operation in 2012. The desire to perpetuate the tradition of these parents but also the desire to find the terroir of the Massif de St Thierry in wines are his motivation.
The Art of viticulture
Damien considers the vineyard as bis garden: on the seven hectares of the Ho use, each single plot of land is cultivated with care. As bis grand-father did, he can plough the land, loosen or ventilate the soils, bind the antlers of bis vines all day long, because he knows how important a noble raw mate rial is for champagne making …
A family production
Damien, Martine and Jean-Marie are driven by the same passion: from vine to vinification, they combine their creativity and accuracy to give birth to J.M. Goulard champagnes.
The harvest is the key early stage of a successful vinification: the Goulard family and its team pick up the grapes by band, in accordance with tradition. Coing from baskets to the winepress, grapes will turn into juice. They will be poured into tanks and barrels for fermentation processes (alcoholic, then malolactic) up to the following spring.
Damien, bis brothers, Sébastien – œnologist – and Sylvain, together with their parents, all five taste the clear wines obtained to give birth to the future champagnes of the Ho use. They make a combination of grape varieties, reserve wines, years, soils … The subtlety of their job lies in the choice oftheir blending. From the respected House style and the future bottled cuvees, the future effervescence of the champagne will came out, so fascinating.
The Terroir of Saint-Thierry
Meunier, the most represented grape variety at J.M. Goulard Champagne, requires sandy soils, whereas Pinot Noir requires clayey soils and Chardonnay, chalky soils .
Tahe wines expressing Saint-Thierry Mountain have some slight acidity in common. They are young, expressive wines whose aromas are on citrus and flowers. This typical characteristic of terroir and wines alike can be appreciated in an elegant fluidity and continuing length in the palate
For informations or visits :
Champagne J.M. Goulard
13 Grande Rue – 51140 Prouilly
Tél. : +33 (0)3 26 48 21 60
Fax : +33 (0)3 26 48 23 67