Les Crayères, Marguet’s first single-parcel Champagne

by Chiara Giovoni 09/01/17
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Les Crayeres, il primo champagne parcellare di Marguet

Thanks to separate, mini-fermentations, Marguet has created four Champagnes. The first is Les Crayères and is somber and sharp. 

Benoit Marguet is the descendant of an old, winegrowing family in Ambonnay and the small Champagne Maison Bonnerave Frères, which later named Marquet-Bonnerave, is now called just Marguet. The estate has almost eight hectares of vineyards in that celebrated Montage de Reims Grand Cru village and the vines have an average age of around 40 years and are cultivated bio-dynamically with the use of two horses. To complete the blending he buys organic grapes from friends like Laval, Leclapart and Lahaye.

To enhance the value and prestige of his vineyards in Ambonnay in the lieux dits Les Saints Remys, Les Beurys, Les Crayères, La Grande Ruelle, Les Bermonts and Le Parc – as well as the 0.70hn plot he has in the Grand Cru village Bouzy (Les Loges) - Benoit Marguet produces only few bottles of cuvée dedicated to each individual parcel and each taking on the name of the lieux dit.

Thanks to separate, mini-fermentations he has created four Champagnes: Les Crayères (the first born), La Grande Ruelle, Les Bermonts and Le Parc. The wine is made in foudre and tonneau barrels and the different sizes allows him to individually ferment the grapes from each parcel with a minimum use of sulfur and to complete malolactic fermentation.

Les Crayères was the first single-parcel Champagne Marguet with only 2,072 bottles made of for vintage 2011. It is an interesting paradigm to comprehend the philosophy of this young and ambitious vigneron.

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