By champagnediscovery, Nov 6 2015 08:12PM
Last year Francis Boulard and daughter Delphine became the first Champagne crowd funders when they launched their project via wine crowd funding site Fundovino. Their aim: to raise funds to purchase a new foudre; enabling their perpetual blend cuvée Petraea to continue evolving. Crowd funders received various packages relating to their donations but this wasn’t to be all, a private invitation to a day with the Boulard family including lunch and a trip to the barrel makers “tonnellerie” followed.
On Sunday 4th October, crowd funders gathered by the Halles du Boulingrin before embarking on a coach tour to see some of the terroir Boulardien. First stop was Champillon where we were greeted by Nicolas and Petra who, under glorious Champagne sunshine; served us glasses of “Les Murgiers” extra brut whilst enjoying the beautiful view across vineyard covered slopes of the valley to Hautvillers.
Following the coach tour we arrived at Francis’ home and winery where we were again greeted by the family with glasses of “Blanc de Blancs Vielles Vignes” before enjoying a fantastic lunch of oysters and various fish dishes from the excellent Le Bocal (Reims). An superb caterer who unfortunately we didn’t meet; provided us with tantalising appetisers such as Foie Gras and asparagus velouté, all complimented by delicious glasses of “Les Rachais”.
Following the lovely long lunch it was time to move on to the Tonnellerie de Champagne-Ardenne where Jérôme Viard, creator of the fundovino Foudre demonstrated his skills. Of course there were more glasses of champagne and the moment we were all waiting for…..cuvée “Petraea” which brought the curtain down on a special day.
Nos sincères remerciements à la famille Boulard, longue vie au Petraea!