Marguet 'Sapience' Brut Nature 2012
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Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Munier
Benoit is a 5th generation winemaker turning to very innovative and anything-but-conventional methods at his family domaine. The conversion to organics and biodynamics aside, his vineyard practice employs horses and aromatherapy, and to walk around the cellar you’ll find barrels painted purple and small Buddhas perched as if to watch over the room. It is easy to tell he takes great care in every step of what he does, in hopes, and execution, of finding balance not just in his winemaking, but also in life.
A Prestige Champagne is the first of its kind to be vinified with natural methods and certified organically. The project is a collaboration of four great wine minds-- Benoit Maguet, Benoit Lahayem, Vincent Laval, and David Laclapart. The idea is to craft the highest quality wine using biodynamic methods in Champagne. The base wine spends two years aging on forest selection barrels before the second fermentation. The wine is released after nine years. When this bottle has been blind tasted next to top cru Champagnes including Salon, Krug, and others, it continually achieves the highest ratings blind. With less than 3000 bottles produced it can be hard to come by.