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The Fouquet family has farmed small parcels in Cramant, Champagne since 1885. At the helm now is 5th generation Richard Fouquet and his wife Karine (though if you were to visit you may find his grandmother keeping a watchful eye – in her mid 90’s and still sharp as a tack!).
The Fouquets farm 8 hectares, most of which are grand cru holdings from the deep chalk of Cramant and Chouilly, as well as vineyards in Mardeuil on the other side of Epernay. The domaine’s overall production is tiny, as grapes from 5 of these 8 hectares are regularly sold to the Champagne house of Laurent Perrier. Viticulture is focused on producing top quality Chardonnay from the two former villages with the rest of their holdings being Pinot Meunier from the latter. Farming is all done by hand, with aggressive pruning and low yields.
Vinification takes place in their modest home on the edge of Cramant. Mostly fermented and aged in steel, small lots are also aged in neutral cooperage and laid down in their chilly caves bored out of deep Cramant chalk.
The Cuvée Tradition is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier, while the domaines' Grand Cru and Grand Cru vintage releases are composed of 100% Chardonnay.