Jeanne Piollot & Gennaro de Miccoli
Jeanne Piollot grew up at the southern edge of Champagne in the Aube, closer to Burgundy than to the Côte des Blancs or Reims. Working side by side out of the same domaine, her parents created two separate ranges of Champagnes: Piollot Père et Fille, which comes from vineyards on her father’s side, and Marie Courtin, which comes from her mother’s family vineyards.
And so it’s only natural that Jeanne would collaborate with her parents under the same umbrella to create her own label, Dame Jeanne. With the prohibitive rise of Champagne prices over the last generation, acquiring new vines in Champagne seemed elusive, but the family decided to purchase a small domaine in Molesme, just 20 kilometers away over the border into Burgundy. By law, the wines have to be vinified and...