With about 25 hectares of rented and owned vineyards in Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja, Rioja Alavesa and in up and coming DO of Arlanza, and splitting his time between his own wines and consulting with other producers, it would be a gross understatement to say that Olivier Rivière is a very busy man.
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Champagne Roger Coulon
At just 27 years of age, Edgar Coulon is quickly converting into the guiding force of his family’s 215-year-old winery in Vrigny, in the heart of the Montagne de Reims in Champagne. Working side by side with his energetic and talented father Eric.
Production at Champagne Roger Coulon is approximately 90,000 bottles per year. The average age of the vines is 38 years, a rarity in Champagne. The vineyards are planted by the selection masalle process rather than with modern clones. No herbicides are used and harvest is done manually.
Cru Beaujolais or "classified" Beaujolais is a designation given to ten villages/areas in the foothills of the Beaujolais mountains. Seven of the Crus relate to actual villages while Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly refer to the vineyards areas around Mont Brouilly and Moulin-à-Vent is named for a local windmill.
These wines do not usually show the word "Beaujolais" on the label, in an attempt to separate themselves from mass-produced Nouveau; in fact, vineyards in the cru villages are not allowed to produce Nouveau. These wines can be more full-bodied, darker in color, and significantly longer-lived. From north to south the Beaujolais crus are- Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Régnié, Brouilly and Côte de Brouilly.