From: Champagne, France
Varietal: Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Located in Western Marne Valley in the village of Crouttes-Sur-Marne (as far west as you can go and still be in Champagne), Francoise Bedel is one of Champagne's biggest proponents of Pinot Meunier and one of the 1st in the region to practice biodynamic viticulture – no non-organic treatments have been used on her vines since 1997. She arrived at her decision to convert to organic, and then biodynamic farming when her son Vincent was sick for many years as a child and didn't respond to traditional medicine. Eventually, she sought out the help of homeopaths and finally found relief for her son. As she learned more about homeopathic medicine, she implemented more of the practices into her daily life, culminating in her taking the approach in the vineyard and cellar as well. Today, her son Vincent is healthy and has taken over most of the winemaking duties. Their Champagnes are highly sought-after examples of Pinot Meunier.
Tasting Notes: Friendly aromas of ripe peach & apple plus cooked cream and pie crust. The taste is more crisp and dry than the nose suggests. Get red plums, citrus, and quince. Then on the finish, it gets rich again! Round texture, wheat toast, dry herbs come to mind.
Pairing: Cavier, Seafood
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