Pinot Meunier Specialist Christophe Mignon comes from a long line of farmers in the hamlet of Le-Mesnil-le-Huttier, 13 miles west of Epernay. His 6.3 hectares of vines were planted by his great-grandparents and are spread among thirty parcels between the villages of Le Breuil and Festigny in the Vallee de la Marne. This area south of the Marne River and along the Flagot tributary is known for its high percentage of Pinot Meunier, which is particularly well suited to the deep clay and chalky Tuffeaux soils dominating the terrain. Mignon’s unique approach to viticulture is something we like to refer to as “The Mignon Method, which combines natural practices including biodynamics, phytotherapy, homeopathy and geobiology.”
Each of Mignon’s 30 terroirs is vinified and conserved separately in inox and apoxy-lined tanks. The alcoholic fermentation is executed with 50% indigenous yeast and 50% biodynamically certified quartz. The fermentation is temperature controlled and lasts 15-30 days. Mignon prefers his wines on the drier side and picking at optimum ripeness allows for little to no dosage. Additionally, very minimal amounts of sulfur are used. The pure Pinot Meunier Brut Nature NV – is a 50/50 blend of 2 recent vintages, aged 24 months in bottle and finished without dosage. It shows a beautiful, expressive nose of red fruits and faint floral aromas. Rich on the palate with balanced acidity, taut minerality and a super dry finish.
Ironically, we discovered this Champagne one night at dinner in Firenza in the summer of 2017 while traveling with our great friends and Italian wine importers, Cristian Valbruzzoli and Christine Carpentier. It has taken us this long to track it down! Eureka! We are all so happy! Cheers!