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...
VARIETAL NOTES100% Pinot MeunierORGANICCertifiedBIODYNAMICPracticingVINEYARD1.70 hectares parcel of Pinot Meunier located in Fossoy on the western edge of the Vallee de la Marne.SOILlimestoneVITICULTUREOrganically farmed Pinot Meunier, 1.7 hectares farmed biodynamically. A quarter of the property is worked with a horse named Violette.VINIFICATIONVinified in oak barrels, many of which are made from trees from the surrounding Fossoy forest. No malo, unfined and unfiltered.AGINGAged in oak barrels, then sur lattes in bottle for 36-40 months, zero dosage.
Crisp , Elegant , Minerally
Champagne boasts some of the world’s greatest luxury brands with Krug, Cristal and, of course, Dom Perignon. But it’s also home to hundreds of small dynamic producers—farmers who grow their own grapes (often organically) and make (often with natural methods) tiny amounts of pure and absolutely delicious wine that reflect the individual personalities of their villages and terroirs. Toast with these wines, for sure. But also treat them like the great wines they are: taste, drink, explore!
This single vineyard expression of Pinot Meunier belies the variety’s reputation as a second tier grape in the Champagne hierarchy. Fine richness and salted plum on the attack, with a long, expansive finish there is a fine core of mineral zang that should become more articulate as the fruit knits with the underlying structure. Fine stuff and worth the tariff. Organic viticulture and all that good stuff contribute to the coiled energy here.