Benoit is a Meunier specialist, working his family's vineyards on the western edge of the Vallée de la Marne. Starting in 2011, he started bottling wines under his own name from a single parcel called La Rue des Noyers -- 100% Pinot Meunier, farmed biodynamically, and ploughed mostly by horse. In 2015, he started blending some of this PM with Pinot Noir from a nearby plot, and calls it Initiation.
What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...
VARIETALSPinot NoirORGANICCertifiedBIODYNAMICPracticingVINEYARD1.5 hectares of Pinot Noir planted at the bottom of the hill of Rue des Noyers parcel. Previously planted to elm trees (orme in French).SOILGreen clay over limestone with high sand contentVITICULTUREBiodynamically-farmed, worked by hand and horse. Densely planted at 8,000 vines/hectare.VINIFICATIONVinified in oak barrels, many of which are made from trees from the surrounding Fossoy forest. No malo, unfined and unfiltered.AGINGAged 10 months in 228L oak barrels, then sur lattes in bottle for approximately 34 months. Unfined and unfiltered; zero dosage. Disgorged September 2020
Crisp , Elegant , Minerally
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