FRANKLY MEUNIER, I DON’T GIVE A DRAM
Guillaume Sergent / “Chemin des Chappes” / Blanc de Noirs / Extra Brut
Reims, Champagne, France NV
Pinot Noir + Pinot Meunier
GROWER: Guillaume definitely qualifies as one of the smallest micro-producers in Champagne’s vast sea. He farms his family’s tiny estate of 4 acres just west of Reims, but when he started making his own wine in 2008, he pulled from a meager 1.25 acres for himself. He’s a trained enologist and a 4th generation farmer with a geology degree and a sparkle in his eye for great rocks… in this case, fossilized seashells in sandy chalk. Guillaume is dedicated to organic farming (with some biodynamic sprinkled in) and he ploughs his fields by horse, of course. The two different Pinot pieces of the Chemin des Chappes are premier cru neighbors in Vrigny: Les Grands Chemins, planted in 1972, and Les Chappes planted in 1982. With total production on the Blanc de Noirs at just about 1,000 bottles, this wine is as rare as it is out-of-this-world.
This is a lively conversation between the Pinots, a back and forth of tart red raspberry and bright pomegranate with mouthwatering acidity and seaspray. River stone and petrichor percolate on the nose, and salted celery and underripe strawberries show the nerve and precision that blanc de noirs so rarely achieve.
Fine Details: 50% Pinot Noir + 50% Pinot Meunier from just a 1.25 acre parcel in Vrigny. Dosage 1 g/L