Is there anything better than a cold glass of champagne? We think not. And Pommery has a new Blanc de Blancs that is absolutely divine. The new champagne is made from the finest, 100% Chardonnay grapes from the northern terrain of the Montagne de Reims and the hills of Nogent l’Abbesse. Nathalie Vranken and her husband co-run the prestigious champagne house. Vranken, being a woman in a male-dominated industry, has proven herself a thought leader when it comes to champagne, continuing the tradition and history of Madame Louise Pommery herself who took over her husband's wine business when he passed away and created the first ever brut champagne!
The newly released Blanc de Blancs has a strong spring freshness on the nose with subtle floral notes of jasmine as well as acacia, linden, and citrus fruit. We chatted with Vranken about the delicious new champagne and how she sets herself and her business apart.
What makes you so excited about this new champagne release?
N.V: Realizing the end result of lots of hard work and patience is what makes me most excited about the release of the Blanc de Blancs. The creation of a new cuvée takes our winemaker, Clement Pierlot, years of work in the vineyards followed by three years of aging in the cellars. Seeing the long process and all of the effort put into manifesting the Blanc de Blancs is very satisfying.
What is it like to run such a successful global business in a male-dominated industry?
N.V: I work hard and am very passionate about what I do, as I find working in wine production to be among the most interesting professions to be in. Pommery is one of the most established wine houses in the world and I strive to stay a step ahead when it comes to anticipating change in taste among wine drinkers, as Madame Pommery did in the 19th century. I also prioritize staying connected to the earth and protecting it for future generations, as we work on over 7,000 hectares of land. Looking forward, I think it will be very important to focus on purity (for example, a 100% Chardonnay). Wine drinkers expect the best from Pommery and the work we do, which is why I work to exceed the expectation and stay focused on what’s next in the industry. Let me share Madame Pommery’s words of advice for success: “Never imitate anyone, not even yourself.”
What is coming up next for Pommery?
N.V: We are very involved in contemporary art will be hosting the 14th annual Experience Pommery “Underground Spirit” exhibition in the cellars on September 13, featuring more than 20 international artists. We will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of POP Champagne next year around the world and especially in the US.