The history of the estate
Athanase PIOLLOT (1817-1906) was the first member of the Piollot family registred as living in Polisot and working as a winemaker. After examining the archives in Troyes, we have found the name Piollot dating back to the 16th century, they are all winemakers and noted as living in Polisot.
Damase PIOLLOT (1863-1928), son of Athanase, was known in the village for being able to hand carry the heavy wooden wine cart, vital for winemaking work. He was involved in the 1911 Winemakers' revolt, especially because the meeting point for the March on Troyes was in Polisot.
René PIOLLOT (1911-1998), his descendant, made white wine and Champagne and started to sell his grapes to Champagne houses.
Robert PIOLLOT (1930-2003) expanded his father's work by increasing the number of parcels of the domaine. In 1955, the Val Colas Robin parcel was cleared and planted by hand, row by row. The same year, he bought the first Giraud tractor for the family.
In the 1950's, grafting became a second business for Robert, who went around on bike to his fellow Champagne growers in the Côtes des Bar. Grafting became a passion and he established the Piollot Selection Massale that we know today in the region.
In 1954, Robert married Mauricette. Together, they acquired 3 Hectares of land and spent 10 years finalizing the planting rights. Naturally, they would plant only Selection Massale derived from the observation of Robert.
The 1980's saw the expansion of Champagne growing. The family continued to expand the number of parcels and, despite the trend of cloned plants, Robert persisted in planting his own selection.
In 1986, Roland, his son, left school to move back to the domaine. He decided to convert 100% of the domaine's production to Champagne production, which is the beginning of Piollot's wines sales. Toward the end of the 90's, sales shift toward Europe and Japan.
Robert, close to nature, left to his son the legacy of working the land and carefully observing the progression of the plants. Unlike his competitors, Roland is a fervent defender of Selection Massale and will maintain its planting on all of the domaine.
In 2004, Roland took a class with Pierre Masson on organic viticulture and in 2005, with Gérard Ducerf on bioindicator plants. In 2009, we bagan converting to organic winegrowing, with a total certification in 2014.
Today, the Piollot vineyards are planted with the following varietals :
62% Pinot Noir
11% Pinot Blanc
6% Pinot Meunier
More than half of the vineyard is more than 40 years old. And we are doing everything to continue the older age of our vines.
All of our vines are in Selection Massale.
The soil is clay-limestone, constituted essentially of marlstone on Kimmeridgien subsoil.
Piollot Champagnes carry on old Champagne traditions, bringing in organic viticulture as a means for us to amplify the authenticity of our Champagnes.
Feeling, breathing, evolving with observation are what has pushed us down this road; as well as the perseverance and the pugnacity with which Robert and Roland work on these grapes and these vines. Every gesture, every movement matters when you make a living product like Champagne.
Not using chemical products or fertilizer in our vineyards means that we have authentic winegrowing that transmits, without artifice, the optimism and enthusiasm that roland has for his vineyards and his vines.
Knowing how to wait, knowing how to seize the correlation between "the action and the need" reveals the passion for this profession, reveals the history of the transmission of gestures from father to son which so very much characterizes this old family of winegrowers.