Marguet Pere & Fils Coteaux Champenois Oger Chardonnay 2020
Benoit Marguet, the man behind this exciting Champagne house, belongs to the generation of young winemakers who have revolutionized Champagne production over the past decade.
Champagne Marguet is located in the Grand Cru of Ambonnay, where the property was first established in 1870. Benoit is the fifth generation of the Marguet family, and he has made significant changes by applying both innovative vineyard management and winemaking philosophies.
The estate comprises a total of 8 hectares, all of which are Grand Crus: 7.30 hectares in the village of Ambonnay (Lieux-dits: Les Saints Remys, Les Beurys, Les Crayeres, La Grande Ruelle, Les Bermonts, and Le Parc) and 0.70 hectares in the village of Bouzy (Lieux-dits: Les Loges, Les Hannepes).
The average age of the vines is over 40 years, with a yield consisting of 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay.
Benoit has transformed the entire estate into an extreme biodynamic and aromatherapeutic agricultural venture since 2009. Soil well-being is Benoit's top priority, and since 2010, all the vineyards have been plowed exclusively by two horses, which are part of the estate, making this practice unique in Champagne and very rare in the wine world.
In the winery, all the work is done by gravity. Fermentation takes place plot by plot in wooden barrels and small casks, with extended aging on the lees. No sugar is added, and the use of sulfites is virtually absent or kept at extremely low levels.
Today, Benoit Marguet is widely regarded as the leading natural wine producer in Champagne, following in the footsteps of Lalou-Bize Leroy as his role model.