Champagne Interview – Julien Cochepain

Julien, tell us a bit about yourself and why Champagne?

I was born in Champagne. I studied in Paris for a few years then I came back to Champagne and worked for different Champagne houses.  My grandparents were wine-growers in Chigny-les-Roses, 1er cru, so we can say that I fell into it as a child and it will never leave me.

Ulysse Collin

Les Maillons

Frédéric Savart

Le Mont Benoît 2013

What were your top 5 favourite champagnes of 2018?

#1 Krug – Vintage 2002

La Maison Krug honoured me with a private visit, and I had the chance to taste a couple of Krug Grande Cuvée and Krug vintages including the vintage 2002. The tasting was out of this world and among all those amazing Champagnes the vintage 2002 was the best one in my opinion. Krug Champagnes are always amazing, and this one was not an exception.

#2 Frédéric Savart - Le Mont Benoît 2013

I have tasted the Mont Benoît at the beginning of 2018, and I keep a great memory of this Champagne. Despite its youth, this Champagne offers a huge complexity and fineness with some aromas like vanilla cream, honey, fresh almond and lemon confit. Frederic Savart knows how to obtains the best of his terroir.

#2 Frédéric Savart - Le Mont Benoît 2013

I have tasted the Mont Benoît at the beginning of 2018, and I keep a great memory of this Champagne. Despite its youth, this Champagne offers a huge complexity and fineness with some aromas like vanilla cream, honey, fresh almond and lemon confit. Frederic Savart knows how to obtains the best of his terroir.

#3 R. Pouillon & Fils – Le Chemin du Bois 2009

This Champagne is unique by its nature. Indeed, this Champagne is made by the Fabrice Pouillon’s method which means that they use the first 100% grape with no addition of sugars. This makes it a rich and fine gourmand Champagne.

#4 Jérôme Dehours – Trio ”S”

The Trio S cuvée is produced by Jérôme Dehours with the solera system since 1998 from the Lieu-dit La Croix Joly-Troissy. This Champagne was produced mostly with grapes from 2009 harvest with a low dosage (2 gr/L). This makes it a stunning and surprising Champagne that could have some red wine aspects.

#4 Jérôme Dehours – Trio ”S”

The Trio S cuvée is produced by Jérôme Dehours with the solera system since 1998 from the Lieu-dit La Croix Joly-Troissy. This Champagne was produced mostly with grapes from 2009 harvest with a low dosage (2 gr/L). This makes it a stunning and surprising Champagne that could have some red wine aspects.

#5 Ulysse Collin – Les Maillons

This Blanc de Noirs consists of 100% Pinot Noir and its also a low dosage Champagne. With this Ulysse Collin’s cuvée you feel the power and the complexity of Pinot Noir. The grower’s tremendous work provides you with a well-balanced and fine Champagne full of character.

Where can we go to learn more about you and follow your journey?

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