Producers - Champagne Philippe Fontaine

6, Rue de Tonnerre
10110 POLISOT
Phone: 0033 325 291 611
Mobile: 0033 642 569 027
contact@champagne-philippe-fontaine.com
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Philippe Fontaine
Price range: between 13 and 21 Euros
Hectares : 5 ha
Grape variety : Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc
Terroir : situated on a subsoil of the ‘kimméridgien’ type
(= deduced from the village of Kimmeridge in England. In the late Jura era the region was flooded by a sea that was rich with a specific type of oysters: the Exogyra Virgula. We can find the fossils of these oysters in the subsoil in the Aube, but also for example in the Chablis. This kind of soil gives the wine a mineral touch).
Production : between 40,000 and 50,000 bottles

House style defined by the winegrower

Familial champagne house which has been dedicated for generations to the traditions of making champagne and their terroir.
Those are the reasons why they produce their beautiful Rosé par saignée and keep growing a rare and vulnerable grape variety in the Champagne region : the Pinot Blanc.

The assets of the house

The small scale of the house allows the winegrower to pay special attention to his clients. Nothing is impossible: special dosages, personalized labels, large sizes,…
Philippe Fontaine takes good care of his grapes and of his cuvées and gives expression to the typical characteristics of the terroir in the Rosé par saignée and in the Millésimes.
The Brut Prestige (40% Pinot Blanc) and the Brut Blanc de Blancs “Cuvée des Lys” (100% Pinot Blanc) are an enrichment for all champagne lovers.

The different cuvées

Extra-Brut Tradition

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier
Champagne non dosé (without adding extra sugars) that has matured for two years in the cellars.
You taste an explosion of fresh flavours of fresh fruit and smell light fruity aromas. We advise you to drink these bubbles as an aperitive.

Brut Tradition

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier
This house style has matured for two years in the cellars and reveals fresh and fruity aromas. This champagne is excellent as an aperitive
The Brut Tradition received the Médaille d’Or at the Challenge International du Vin in 2008 and the Médaille d’Argent at the IWSC (International Wines and Spirits Challenge) in London in 2010.

Extra-Brut Rosé

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier
This beautifully made Rosé par saignée is a champagne non dosé (without adding extra sugars) and has matured for two years in the cellars.
You taste light tannins and lots of red fruit, especially strawberry. Superior as an aperitive.

Brut Rosé

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier
Beautiful Rosé par saignée that has matured for two years in the cellars and reveals light tannins and flavours of red fruit, like strawberry.
The Brut Rosé can be drunk as an aperitive, but it also goes very well with a salad of red fruit and a grilled piece of white meat.
In 2008 this champagne received an award in the buying guide of ‘Revue Vins & Terroirs Authentiques’ for the balance between “fun” and “pleasure”.

Brut Réserve

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier
The Brut Réserve has matured for 3 to 4 years in the cellars and reveals aromas of dried fruit, quinces and nuts. A beautiful, powerful champagne with a long aftertaste.
The Brut Réserve can be drunk as an aperitive and can be used throughout the rest of the meal, even with the cheese. It comes out well with meat dishes without sauce and a piece of Comté.
These bubbles received the Médaille d’Argent at the Féminalise in 2009 (= a contest with an exclusively feminine jury) and the Médaille d’Or in the Berliner Wein Trophy in 2010

Brut Millésime 2006

70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier
This Millésime 2006 has matured for at least 3 years in the cellars and reveals aromas of dried fruit, quinces and nuts. This powerful champagne has a good unset and a long aftertaste. It comes out well with meat dishes without sauce and mountain cheese.
In 2010 it received the Médaille d’Or at the Sélections Mondiales des Vins du Canada

Brut Prestige

40% Pinot Blanc, 35% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay
This amazing champagne has matured for 2 years in the cellars and reveals floral and fruity aromas.
The Brut Prestige is a complex, balanced and fresh champagne.
It is perfect as an aperitive and lovely with oysters.
This champagne collected awards : Médaille d’Argent at the Concours International des Vins de Bucarest in 2009, the Médaille de Bronze at the IWSC (International Wines and Spirits Challenge) in London in 2009, the Médaille d’Or at the Berliner Wein Trophy in 2010 and the Médaille d’Argent at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Challenge) in London in 2010.

Brut Blanc de Blancs “Cuvée des Lys”

This rare 100% Pinot Blanc has matured for at least 2 years in the cellars and reveals fruity and even spicy aromas and flavours of fresh fruit and cinnamon.
This exceptional champagne can be drunk as an aperitive but also with white fish in champagne sauce or foie gras with figs.
In 2010 it won the Médaille d’Argent at the Féminalise (=a contest with an exclusively feminine jury).

Who is the winegrower?

Philippe Fontaine

If I hadn’t been a winegrower … I would have become a racing driver

A superb champagne maker …Is someone who succeeds in increasing his production while keeping his quality level

The best year was … 1984 ,when our daughter was born

My favourite season … Spring, but the risk of having spring frost tends to temper my enthusiasm

The best move I’ve ever made … I once succeeded in exposing someone who pulled my grapevines out of the ground at night

The best combination champagne / dish is … a piece of toast with rillettes and champagne

I’m moved by … seeing a human being or an animal suffer and not being able to help

My biggest wish … becoming the proud owner of a Rolls Royce