About Roland Champion
For four generations, the Champion family have been proud to share their passion for Champagnes that offer character and prestige to accompany the most memorable moments of your life, just as its founders wished for.
This small family estate is in the Grand Cru village of Chouilly, in the Côtes des Blancs. The vineyards have a south-south-east exposure giving the wines a mineral delicacy, and lifted floral aromas.
The Champion family have been grape growers since the 18th century, but sold their harvest to négociants. This was all to change in 1929 when André Champion decided to bottle under his own name and the brand ‘Champagne André Champion’ was born. At the tender age of 16, Roland took over the family business and continued to increase the family’s estate. The Champagne house was then renamed ‘Champagne Roland Champion’ in 1951. His son François is the third generation of the family and continues in his father’s footsteps as both oenologist and company manager.
Champagne Roland Champion currently holds 18 hectares consisting of 40 different parcels. These plantings consist of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir (in the commune of Verneuil).
Current regulations declare that bottles must be kept in the cellar for 15 months minimum for non-vintage and 3 years for vintage champagnes before release. Roland Champion believe that prestigious Champagnes, in particular those made out of Chardonnay, need much more time to express and open themselves. As such, they age their champagnes between 20 and 36 months for non-vintage and 4 years for vintage champagnes. All bottles are freshly disgorged before being sold.
The wines are very much a statement of Chouilly: delicate floral aromas, a creamily textured palate but possessing a fine spine of mineral acidity.
Champagne Roland Champion
19 Grande Rue 51530 Chouilly
Tel: +33 3 26 55 40 30