The Goutorbe-Bouillot house is a small estate located in the village of Damery, just west of Épernay. Family-owned and operated since 1911, the 8 hectares of 30 different parcels of vineyards extend over the Vallée de la Marne with a focus on pinot meunier, chardonnay and pinot noir grapes. The marriage of Jules Goutorbe and Louise Bouillot was the origin of the house with both families’ viticulture practices dating from 1755.
True to the region’s historic emphasis on meunier, the domaine is planted to over 50% of the variety although there is an increasing interest in chardonnay and pinot noir, too. Goutorbe-Bouillot Champagnes are produced by a method similar to the Solera system in Jerez. Each year they use 50% of this reserve wine in the blend. This means that the wine contains some of all the earlier vintages in decreasing proportions. This perpetual reserve was started in 1980 for the Carte d’Or and in 2000 for the other non-vintage cuvées. The aim is to give more maturity and complexity to the wines.