Erin's Staff Pick for Winter 2022
Champagne Christophe Mignon ADN de Meunier Brut Nature
According to Antonio Galloni of Vinous wine journal, “Christophe Mignon might very well be the finest grower in Champagne most people have not heard about, yet.” And we’re inclined to agree.
Coming from a long line of farmers in the hamlet of Le-Mesnil-le-Huttier, prime Pinot Meunier territory in the Vallée de la Marne, Christophe Mignon's unique approach to viticulture, fondly referred to as the Mignon Method, combines natural practices including biodynamics, phytotherapy, homeopathy and geobiology. The moon is the guiding force for all actions in the vineyard and cellar, Christophe and his wife Laurence have been following its cycle for over 20 years now!
"Our primary quest is the balance between heaven and earth, roots and branches, minerals and fruit, fragrance and flavour..." – Christophe Mignon
The AND de Meunier (or DNA of Meunier) is made with fruit from vineyards in the villages of Festigny and Le Breuil, with vines that are, on average, 45 years old. The soils are silty, clay limestone and the orientation of the vineyard is south/south west. The fruit was harvested in 2016 and 2017, each site is vinified separately without malolactic fermentation, before spending 5 months on lees prior to blending. This is “Brut Nature” meaning the dosage was 0g/L. It was aged for 48 months and disgorged on September 24th, 2020.
As the “entry level” from the lineup, we were absolutely blown away by the explosive intensity of this amazing champagne! It’s got rich, toasty notes of brioche and Marcona almonds that are highlighted by flavours of dried pears and strawberries and cream.
This is the perfect Champagne to pop on Christmas morning (but please hold the OJ) or to ring in the New Year! It will pair with anything from Christmas cookies, to appetizers or even (okay, especially) a bag of plain potato chips!
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