Côteaux Champenois 'Le Vin Tranquille' — Pinot Meunier 2018
A Wine That
proves that textbooks sometimes need rewriting. Pinot Meunier never has made up to its more famous counterparts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but then again the right person takes on the challenge and et voila you end up with a wine incredibly memorable and breath-taking. Think Pinot Noir infused with the best black tea leaves from China. It's a real treat to taste this exceptional cuvée from one of the greats of Champagne.
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- Winemaker: Timothée Stroebel
Where and How?
The grapes for the Pinot Meunier 'Rouge' come from pure sandy soils from the 'Montreval' vineyard with an average age of 55 years. The grapes are destemmed and macerated for 3 weeks then pressed and aged for 20 months without any additions.
The Winemaker: Timothée Stroebel
Champagne, despite its lofty reputation, has borne the brunt of chemical farming, perhaps more so than any other French wine region. It’s thanks to an increasing handful of growers like Timothée that the soils here are beginning to slowly recover from decades of chemical abuse. They are leading the way, and others are beginning to follow, a little like a positive version of a vinous Pied Piper. The ecosystem doesn’t die; instead it strengthens and flourishes.
Timothée achieved his organic certification in 2014 after over a decade's work to regenerate his soils. He works almost without machines, instead working his soils by horse and plough with his own two horses, Bijou and Quina. All his vineyard work is carried out with the goal of promoting soil health; in order to boost the vineyards’ ecosystem and attract insects and birds.