Francis Boulard

FRANCIS BOULARD ET FILLE | Montagne de Reims & Marne Valley, Champagne, France

3-star winery Bettane and Desseauve Wine Guide 2015

Francis Boulard’s first contact with wines came about thanks to his grandfather, Julian: at 14, the young Francis was given permission to hold the handles of the plough behind Bijou the horse, a sturdy Ardennes horse. His grandfather was in fact one of the last to resist the galloping mechanisation which followed the end of WW II, still using a horse to plough his 2 hectares (5 acres) of vines.  Julien Boulard sold his still wines to champagne houses. It was his son, Raymond Boulard who decided to vinify and bottle champagne in 1952. In the 70s, the young Francis joined the company Boulard Frères and very soon was made responsible for vinification.

In 2009, Raymond Boulard’s three children decided to follow their own professional paths. The Raymond Boulard Champagne House ceased to exist. Francis Boulard, his wife Jeanne and daughter Delphine started the house called Champagne Francis Boulard & Fille.

For many years, Francis Boulard pushed the Raymond Boulard family estate towards organic methods; hence it is that some of their parcels were already converted and certified to be organic. With his daughter Delphine, he can now take this movement towards the most natural champagne wines possible to its logical conclusion. Their goal is to see the whole estate certified organic.

WINES

NV LES MURGIERS BLANC DE NOIRS EXTRA BRUT
2008 LES RACHAIS BRUT NATURE