The Marne valley

In the heart of the Champagne region between Reims and Epernay is located the home of Raymond BOULARD Champagne.
The Boulard family have been tending their vines for fives generations, since 1792. Today, they farm land in seven villages producing the three classic Champagne grape varieties, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, including top ranking «Grand Cru» on the hillside of the Marne Valley and "Montagne de Reims"

Grown, pressed and aged entirely on Raymond Boulard premises, the Champagne is produced to traditional methods, handed from father to son. The utmost care is taken to safeguard the hightest standards during production enabling Raymond Boulard to guarantee consistent high quality for the finished wine. Because the variety of terroir (land) owned by the Raymond Boulard family and the different grapes grown, we are able to offer a range of Champagne reflecting differing characteristics.

Marne valley Vieilles vignes de chardonnay à Cormicy Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay harvest time

Each declared vintage (millésime) is the result of climate, soil and production skills, producing an individual wine with that unmistakable quality the Raymond Boulard family add with their wealth of knowledge.
A delight for the connoisseur and the occasional consumer alike.

Vine-Growing :

Raymond Boulard family vineyard: 10,25 Hectares.

The soil has just been ploughed between the vines Maturity measurement Winter works Harvest

- Marne Valley – Marne – Right bank :
4,45 ha : 75% pinot meunier, 20% pinot Noir, 5% Chardonnay

- Marne Valley – Aisne – Right bank :
1,0 ha: pinot Meunier 75%, pinot noir 25%

- Montagne de Reims – Grand Cru (ranked 100%) Mailly-Champagne:
1,65 ha : 85% pinot noir + 15% chardonnay

- Saint Thierry Massif - Vesle Valley :
3,0 ha : 60% chardonnay, 20% pinot noir et 20% pinot meunier

+ outsourcing of grapes : 5% Grand Cru Mailly Champagne and Cauroy. Pressed in our winery.

Short pruning :
C ordon pruning / pinot noir;
Chablis / chardonnay;
Marne valley / pinot meunier

Harvest time

Vine-growing respecting the environment
Organic manuring.
Organic conditioner: fresh bark of broad-leaved trees and bovine manure, guano
Manual training vines on wires for a good repartition of shoots and bunches.
During summer, slight manual thinning out the leaves - aeration of bunches on east side of the vines.
Partial picking if necessary / short pruning "prevention".

Manual harvest: "late" = optimum ripeness = maximum of aromas = avoid addition of sugar

Picking: very selective picking on the vine-plant.
Every year, deep ploughing after the harvest.


Since january 2001, conversion to biodynamie (organic method), tests on a small part (1,20ha in 2004) of our vineyard under the guidance of Jacques Mell (Biodynamie Conseil)

Grapes and wines from this biodynamic part are vinified separatly.

Since 2004, this part if our vineyard is controlled by Ecocert.
Harvest 2005 :
- Conversion ( 2nd year) : Chardonnay : 1,01 ha. Pinot Noir : 0,26 ha.
- Newly converted ( 1st year) : Chardonnay : 0,23 ha. Pinot Noir : 0,17 ha.
Ecocert N° = F-SC-092 and 097 - 20/10/2005

Wine-Making :
Pneumatic press : Magnum 4000 kgs for a fine and delicate pressing.

Pressurage Pressing Pressing Pressing Pressing

Winery :
- Inox tanks: 50 % . Small volume tanks : 55 - 100 hl


Barrels: 50 % - 1 out of 20 is new. To mature old reserve wines dedicated to blending. Burgundy barrels for Pinot Noir and from Bordeaux for Chardonnay.


Alcoholic fermentation: natural yeasts or selected dry yeasts in case natural ones do not work.
Malolactic fermentation: made or not, totally or partly, according to the style of each cuvee.
All cuvees are cooled except red , rosé and cuvees in oak barrels
Dosage from 0 g /L. for Cuvées *Nature* with no dosage to 5 to 8 g for Brut per Litre of grape concentrated must (MCR) => neutral dosage to keep authenticity, pure expression of wine aromas, grape variety, *terroirs* and soils.


Francis Boulard

Photos: David Wootton & Danièle Loisel


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