A Modest Offer for Lovers of Meunier.

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Of the three grapes varieties that go into most Champagne, Pinot Meunier is generally considered to be rustic and fruity in comparison to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We believe that everything depends on the maker, and top-notch Meunier specialists (like Jérôme Prevost and Aurélian Laherte) produce Champagnes based on Meunier that rival the region’s great Grand Cru Pinots and Chardonnays.

 

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce a new Champagne grower who appeared on our horizon about a year ago. Christophe Mignon (yes his last name means “cute” in French, and his labels are just that) makes wine in Festigny in the Vallée de la Marne. Christophe is a 5th generation winemaker who farms 6.5 hectares, of which 90% is planted to Pinot Meunier, now enjoying an exciting resurgence of popularity. Mignon sparked our interest with his passionate adherence to biodynamic principles; he manually works the soil, uses homeopathic treatments (rather than chemicals), observes the lunar calendar, etc. out of conviction that the best wine comes from a marriage of modern and ancient methods in the vines and cellar. A trip to Champagne in January afforded our first chance to taste the wines, and we're as attracted to the wines as to the philosophy. Now, months later, we’re thrilled that Mignon's wines have arrived on our shelves. These are earthy, savory Champagnes that feel resoundingly authentic in the way they bring terroir and grape to the glass. They are extremely delicious wines, and modestly priced to boot. We trust you’ll find them as delightful as we do! Santé -Sophie

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Mignon, Christophe NV Brut Rose Festigny Pinot Meunier

It's unusual to find all Pinot Meunier Rose Champagne. We offer another from Aurelian Laherte in Chavot, not far from Festigny. But Laherte's is a deep, rich Rose de Saignee and this is a delicate, pale, lacy Rose d'Assemblage. This is a very pretty wine with aromas of raspberry and licorice. Delicate but not frivolous, there's weight on the palate and creamy, silken texture. With 5 grams dosage (done with organic cane sugar), it's balanced and more generous than the two Brut Nature Champagnes from Mignon. Pair with cucumber sandwiches. MSB

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Mignon, Christophe NV Pur Meunier Brut Nature Festigy Pinot Meunier

We tried Christophe Mignon's excellent Pinot Meunier Champagnes last winter in France and are very happy (and also thirsty...) to find they are here! The gentleman who sells them to us referred to this reasonably priced Brut Nature bottling as "the poor man's Prevost" and we catch his drift. Mignon, a hardcore biodynamic farmer, works with 30 parcels of Meunier in Festigny in the Vallée de la Marne. This is a ripe, nutty, full-fruited yet totally dry Champagne that is earthy, herbal, and full of red cherry fruit. This wine is a joy to sip. MSB

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Mignon, Christophe 2006 Brut Nature Festigny Pinot Meunier

More stately, vinous, and less fruity than Mignon's non-vintage Brut Nature, this 2006 seems to highlight more of the savory, herbal characteristics of the Pinot Meunier grape. There's a delicious note of lemon rind in the mix that mingles nicely with the wine's mellow and harmonious acidity. (Don't get us wrong; there's plenty of acid, but it's cool and understated rather than a lashing at the sides and back of the mouth...) Though Mignon's base wines are not made in wood, they have the broad vinosity of wood-matured base wine. We found this bottling particularly suited to the umami flavors of Japanese food. Give it a try with sushi; you won't be disappointed. MSB

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  • white sparkling
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