A family-run establishment
Isabelle Couvreur and Sombath Prak, initiators of "fusion" cuvées, are uniting their two cultures.
Isabelle, now the third generation of winegrowers of the Couvreur family, is a native of the Champagne region. Her husband Sombath comes from Cambodia. Their fused origins guarantee today the longevity and singularity of this Family estate and its champagnes.
The tradition of a family
The Couvreur family, united around their patriarch, Philippe Couvreur.
Philippe Couvreur was born in 1900. Born into a family of winegrowers, he would tend to the family vineyards and sell the grapes to the Union of Champagne Houses. It was only after World War II and the birth of their 9th child Gabriel that Philippe and his wife Thérèse decided to move onto new adventures by producing their own Champagne wines. Champagne Couvreur was born.
Gabriel was a child full of energy, who confirmed the family passion for vineyards by studying viticulture. A tenacious character, he took over the family estate when his father died in the early 1970's. With his wife Odile by his side, he founded the Maison Couvreur-Deglaire. Year after year, they developed their estate of vineyards and modernized the farm.
A cultural fusion
Today, Isabelle and her husband Sombath guarantee the perpetuation of the family's specific skills.
Isabelle is Gabriel and Odile's third daughter and she always knew she would take over the family estate. Throughout her childhood, she would participate in doing odd jobs on the vineyards or at the vat room by Gabriel's side, thus strengthening the father-daughter bond.
Sombath was born in Laos, far from the Champagne region, where he arrived at the age of two. He grew up surrounded by a family keen on preserving the respect of traditions and of the elders. Meeting Isabelle was the beginning of an eager career change.
In order to bring their ideas to fruition, Isabelle and Sombath both enrolled in the viticulture school of Avize in 2005. During that time, Gabriel and Odile were progressively passing down their knowledge of vines and wines. Isabelle's parents' retirement in 2010 marked the starting point of their new adventure. Proudly promoting their cultural fusion and their wish to develop the family estate, they launched their new identity and created the Maison Couvreur-Prak in 2017.
Rilly-la-Montagne is the historical cradle of the Maison Couvreur-Prak estate.
This charming Champagne village is one of the oldest villages on the Mountain of Reims. The activity of winegrowing dates at least back to the year 850, so Bacchus naturally became the local emblem.
On this terroir classified as Premier Cru for the quality of its grapes, Pinot Noir is the variety of preference. This is where the parcels of the Maison Couvreur-Prak are located, on the slopes of the village.
Our vineyards are mostly located in Rilly-la-Montagne, in the Marne district, a Premier Cru village, as well as in Connigis, in the Aisne district.
They stretch over 10 acres, spread out onto 15 parcels, as is often the case in Champagne. Each parcel is identified by a name generally defined by its history or location: Les grosses Bornes, Le Bas Clos, Les Ramouillettes, etc.
All three traditional grape varieties are present on this unique estate. Blended together, they form the range of the Couvreur-Pack champagnes.
- pinot noir which gives the blend its powerful backbone. Its specific aroma is of red berries.
- pinot meunier adds roundness to the wine. It allows for supple and fruity wines evolving more rapidly.
- chardonnay is the only white grape out of the three. Its character displays delicate aromas and slow development, making it ideal for ageing.