Champagne Hubert Paulet is a family owned domaine located in the village of Rilly-la-Montagne. Their 8 hectares of vineyards, which are planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, are classed as premier cru status, and sit on the north side of the mountain of Reims. The respective soil – variety profiles are such that Pinot Noir is planted to soils with a higher degree of clay, the Chardonnay to chalk, and the Pinot Meunier to sandier soils. The estate was founded at the end of the 19th century, and is being run today by vigneron Olivier Paulet, who represents the fourth generation at the domaine.
The goal at Hubert Paulet is to showcase the particularities of Rilly’s chalky terroir by working the soil using only natural viticultural practices. One such practice, admittedly an unusual sight in the region, is to leave grass growing between his rows of vines up until harvest time.
All of the fruit is hand-harvested, and fermented in both tile and stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation is carried out depending upon the vintage and particular qualities of the wine. The champagnes age sur lattes from 28 – 72 months depending upon the wine. Dosage, for both Extra Brut and Brut wines, are kept at a modest 9 g/L or less.
The domaine presently sells off half of their grape production to Billecart-Salmon. With the remaining fruit, Olivier produces just under 2000 cases of Champagne Hubert Paulet.
Hubert Paulet "Tradition" Premier Cru Brut NV
The cuvée Brut Tradition is composed of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Initially showing a very fresh bouquet of white flowers, citrus and biscuit notes, it finishes with a bright acidity. A great starting point for the Champagnes of Hubert Paulet.
Hubert Paulet "Tradition" Premier Cru Extra Brut NV
The cuvée Extra Brut Tradition is composed of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. At 4.5 g/L dosage, the domaine’s Extra Brut displays a more strident minerailty and structure. Fantastic with caviar, oysters or other assorted fruits de mer.
Hubert Paulet Premier Cru Brut Rosé 2006
The domaine’s Brut Rose is composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. Rich and lively, it displays delicate berry nuances matched by hints of orange citrus an dusty rose. The wine finishes with lovely brightness and persistence.
Hubert Paulet "Cuvée Risleus" Premier Cru Brut 2002
The domaine’s flagship wine is the Cuvée Risleus, which is named after an old family name of the village. A bouquet of flowers and blood orange, complemented by nuances of roasted coffee, licorice and vanilla, make for a champagne of admirable complexity and finesse. Rich and fulsome, the Risleus is an ideal complement to poultry, mushroom vol au vent.