The Pouillon family have lived in Champagne for many centuries, but it was in 1947 that Roger Pouillon first established this Champagne house in Mareuil-sur-Ay. In 1998 grandson Fabrice joined the family business after studying oenology and gaining valuable work experience in Bordeaux(Sauternes) and Burgundy (Chassagne and Santenay) in particular where he developed his ideas on oak fermentation and maturation.
They cultivate the three main grape varieties and have prestigious old vineyards in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Ay as Grand Cru, and Mareuil-sur-Ay, Tauxieres, Mutigny, Avenay d'Or, Epernay and Festigny in 1er Cru.
All farming is organic with grass cover and natural pesticides and herbicides. Fabrice is in the process of converting some vineyard parcels in Mareuil to biodynamic. Average vine age is an impressive 30-35 years with older vines going into the more prestige cuvees.
Mareuil-sur-Ay is the homeof Billecart-Salmon and is a much under-rated village with a classification of 99%. The wines are similar to neighbouring Ay, but with more finesse, elegance and much more reasonably priced. finding good small growers in Ay is very difficult- the village is full of 'big houses' and hence command exorbitant prices. The overall quality of the growers in Mareuil-sur-Ay is very high indeed and there is no doubt it is worthy of Grand Cru status.