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 MeunierORGANICPracticingBIODYNAMICPracticingVINEYARDGrapes from the Rue des Noyers vineyard. The part of the parcel used for the Saignée is worked by horseSOILClay limestoneVITICULTUREFarmed biodynamically, grapes harvested at full maturity.VINIFICATIONThe maceration lasts 5 hours with severe selection on the triage table and then destemming. Maceration in stainless steel. No pumping over. Dehu opens the valve to take off only the free run juice.AGINGFermentation and ageing in 4 year old 228 liter barrels on lees No malolactic fermentation; unfined and unfiltered 15 months sur lattes; Disgorged December 14th, 2021
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