The Aube, in southern Champagne, has long been distant from and even despised by the producers of the Marne, to the point in particular of being agitated by a violent revolt in 1911. The Côte des Bar, around Bar-sur-Aube and Bar-sur-Seine, ended up asserting its presence by the quality of its soils - particularly favorable to Pinot noir - and by a generation of Aube winegrowers who, like Rolland Piollot in Polisot, are distinguished today by their dynamism and their desire for authenticity.
Founded in the middle of the 19th century, located in Polisot in the Côte des Bar, Maison Piollot gradually grew by planting plots from massale selections of vines of mainly Pinot noir, the main grape variety of Auboise Champagne, but also less common grape varieties, such as Pinot Blanc from the Val Colin Robin plot (1955) or the rare Arbanne. The vineyard, today 8.5 hectare of vines on clay-limestone soil, is managed by Rolland Piollot, who returned to the family estate in 1986 and – like the his wife Dominique Moreau's estate (Champagne Marie Courtin) – has gradually made the culture evolve towards organic and then biodynamic. No chemicals, manual work in the vines, homeopathic treatments and biodynamic preparations (horn silica): the wines are distinguished by their juice quality, frankness and natural expression.