These Champagne’s are ‘under the radar’ masterpieces with incredible depth and terroir intensity and priced way below their true value.
Nothing fancy at this Domaine, apart from the wine that ends up in the bottle. The vineyards are farmed organically and some are certified biodynamic, not in line with popular trend, but because this was the hollistic way Francis was taught by his father and grandfather. In fact, when Francis took over the making of the wine in 1973 he didn’t even realise that there was such a thing as commercial yeast hence indigenous yeast ferments have always been the norm. Francis is so respected as a vigneron and has been working in the area for so long, that he is allowed by his neighbouring vignerons to work their first three rows bordering his vines so that what they do to the rest of their vines doesn’t affect his. This is our second allocation with daughter Delphine in complete control of the Domaine. Delphine has been working alongside her father since 2003 so the transition has been seamless. I could go on and on and we have plenty more details on Francis Boulard et Fille if you are interested, however we realise you are busy so here are the wines that we have to offer from this shipment.There’s a lot to love about this wine especially if you love Meunier! One of the best we’ve tried featuring this grape and it reminds us of the more famous Jerome Prevost, but with their own unique style.
This shipment is 75% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir and based on the 2017 vintage. The majority of the fruit for this cuvee comes from vineyards located in the Marne Valley and the average age of the vines is 35 years. Boulard organically farms plots in a cluster of three Vallée de la Marne villages – Cuchery, La Neuville-aux-Larris and Paradis on the right bank of the Marne River west of Cumière. Meunier thrives in the clay-rich, sandy soils of this zone in Champagne. This particular release also has some Massif St Thierry fruit included.
The name of the wine is a reference to the traditional, low-slung vineyard walls made from the wide flat river stones dug up to make way for planting. The fruit is hand harvested and only the first press is used whilst fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts. It is matured in a range of oak casks, undergoes full malo, isn’t fined and bottled with a minimal amount of sulphur.
This offers an array of flavours including baked apple, lemon and golden fig fruits along with hazelnut, brioche and mineral tones as well as a burst of acidity and that lavish and elegant mousse of creamy though lively small bubbles. Importer Notes
“The NV (2017) Brut Nature Les Murgiers is another fabulous wine in this range. There is an element of transparency to the Murgiers that is just compelling. Dried orchard fruit, chamomile, mint and spice are some of the many aromas and flavors that take shape in this beautifully translucent, weightless Champagne. The Murgiers is a Brut Nature, but the lack of dosage is not especially apparent because the wine is so impeccably balanced.” 93 Pts, Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Nov 2020
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