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Christophe Mignon, Champagne ADN de Foudre Meunier Brut Nature [2016], NV


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Like the name indicates, this is all Pinot Meunier, combining 2 recent vintages (50% each), aged 24 months in bottle and finished without dosage. A wine of both lower intervention and high refinement.


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In addition to being a top Champagne vigneron, Christophe Mignon is something of a wizard, a mad scientist.

Mignon is credited — along with a few other notable Champagne vignerons (including Jérôme Prévost) — with elevating the status of Pinot Meunier, once considered a supporting player to Chardonnay or Pinot Noir's leading role. His estate is located in the Vallée de Marne, where Pinot Meunier is grown in clay and chalk soils, ideal for expressing intense fruit and precise minerality.

For the past 20 years, everything at the estate has been done with respect for the lunar calendar, as well as Christophe's unwavering respect for the earth. An inveterate tinkerer, he's designed many of his own vineyard tools, including a homeopathy machine that dispenses minute amounts of copper (as well as tinctures of valerian root and garlic), to curb the need for intrusive chemicals.

He farms over 30 small parcels, and vinifies parcels separately, based on their unique terroir. From a group of vines averaging 45 years of age,

Chez Mignon, the point of Champagne is enjoyment. While his wines can be quite serious and vinous, the Meunier grape provides something so delightful, so fun, that we've been tempted to pop a bottle on a weekday evening, just because.

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

Vineyard in Festigny and Le Breuil
a siltly, clay limestone - Terroir Marne valley
average age of the pplots is 46 years. Working methods are alternative, following the lunar calendar. Manually harvested with careful monitoring and control of grape maturity. We use two pneumatic presses, 2000 and 4000 kg capactiy.
Divided into plots. Stainless steel or enamelled steel tanks. No malolactic fermentation. Harvest 2016.
one year in oak tuns, average ageing in bottle: 4 years.


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Meunier

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Crisp , Elegant , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied


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!

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