Day Four

Today we planned one visit in Vertus with Pascal Doquet. After our visit we explored Vertus and found Paul Goerg/Napoléon and decided to stop by for a visit. Vertus is about 15 km south of Epernay in the region of Cotes Des Blancs. This southern area of the Champagne region is especially known for chardonnay which is planted here greater than 95% in mixed shallow soil and chalk subsoil. Vertus is a premier cru village.

Pascal Doquet, Vertus:


Pascal Doquet has worked in the family estate as a third generation vigneron, taking over control in 1995. Since 2004 he has farmed with sustainable practices and was certified Organic in 2007. The Doquet estate includes some parcels in the grand cru village of Mesnil-sur-Oger. Wines are vinified with indigenous yeasts for the first fermentation, oak and tanks are variably used with some wines undergoing malolactic fermentation. Modest dosage is used. Although we did not tour, we did spent time talking about champagne and tasting with Pascal.

Cuvées Tasted:

  • Anthocyanes, Rosé
  • Arpège, Blanc de Blancs
  • Le Mont Aimé Coeur de Terroir 2006
  • Vertus Coeur de Terroir 2005
  • Le Mesnil Sur Oger, Coeur de Terror 2005
  • Diapason, Le Mesnil Sur Oger

Paul Goerg / Napoléon, Vertus:Photo Jun 30, 8 55 07 AM
The house of Paul Goerg was founded in 1950 when 8 families decided to join forces and share their vineyards. Wines are aged 4 and 8 years respectively for non-vintage and vintage offerings and moderate dosage is used. The house of Champagne Napoleon was founded in 1825 by Jean-Louis Prieur. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Charles and Alphrède, the sons of Jean-Louis Prieur, decided to use a picture of Napoléon in a huge poster to advertise the House which now bears that name.  We did not tour, but tasted with Julia the marketing officer.

Cuvées Tasted:

  • Paul Goerg Blanc de Blancs
  • Paul Goerg Vintage 2007
  • Napoléon Tradition Brut

Thanks for following our 2017 Tour of La Champagne! Visit What’s Open to learn more about these cuvées and be sure to check back regularly for updates on new bottles we are tasting!