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Benoit Marguet

organic, biodynamic

Marguet’s vineyards are located mostly in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay with just a touch (¾ hectare) in Bouzy and a few rows elsewhere, and are planted to a mix of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

In Ambonnay, Marguet owns 7.3 hectares in the superb lieu-dits of Les Saints Remys, Les Beurys, Les Crayeres, La Grande Ruelle, Les Bermonts and Le Parc, with a few additional ares in other sites.  In Bouzy, his 70 ares lie in Les Ioges and Les Hannepes. The average age is 40 years.  

Benoit works fully biodynamically, from the horse-driven vineyard work (tractors compress the soils) to the herbal tinctures used for pests, to the egg-shaped fermentation tanks. His wines are brilliant and pure, with intense, lingering finishes.

Benoit’s prefers to avoid a “house style” and instead likes to let the terroir, fruit and the vintage speak for themselves.  Each is a delicate and haunting expression of its type, superb and balanced.
 

Extra Brut 2010 “Ambonnay” (Grand Cru)

58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, dosage zero

fresh and brilliant, filled with salinity, ripe white stone fruits and light floral overtones.  

 

Extra Brut Rose NV “Shaman” (Grand Cru)

70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 3.2 g/l dosage

beautiful strawberry nose, elegant and long with intense minerality

 

“Les Crayeres” 2009 (Grand Cru)

62% Chard, 38% Pinot Noir, dosage zero

2,459 bottles produced

Incredible elegance, precision, penetration.  Brilliant minerality.

 

“Les Bermonts” 2010 (Grand Cru)

100% Chardonnay, dosage zero

2,040 bottles produced

Marguet also produces a tiny quantity of Sapience, a luxury cuvee vinified by Marguet from fruit grown by Vincent Laval, David Leclapart and Benoit Lahaye.  Learn more...