who grows the grapes? who makes the wines?
Jose took over the day to day operations from Serge Faust in 1984, but the family still works together. When it comes time to blend different vats into each Cuvée, three generations gather around a table and pull from more than a century of combined experience with each parcel and each grape.
what wines do they make?
The wine reflects the grapes that the family grows. Of approximately 20 acres, 16 are planted to Meunier and the remainder split between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Carte D’Or is 98% Meunier.
when did the winery start? when might you open a bottle?
With it’s bright red fruit notes, this Pinot Meunier can pair quite well with duck breast and fruit sauces the way still Pinot Noir might be used. It can also be used as a counter point to white fish, providing a surprising pop of flavor.
where is the winery?
The winery is on the slope of a significant hill and from the rear one can clearly see a band of chalk and clay underneath the vines above. This is the hallmark of the region. The additional of clay in the soil is an important reason that Meunier does well in the area.
why might you want a taste? why is it a Candid Wine?
The NV Carte D’or has, at first blush, a sparkling raspberry coulis note to it that jumps from the glass. The wine quickly evolves into deeper, more earthy notes, and it sends one’s mind racing towards ideas of game and red sauces, stinky cheese (roquefort might work), and fattier fish, and maybe even to Thanksgiving turkey and cranberry sauce.
how is it made?
Dosage is minimal, leading to a final wine that generally has less than 0.05% residual sugar. Christophe Faust emphasizes that the goal is to encourage a slow, steady “prise de mousse” so that the bubbles are elegant, small, and long lasting. Sulphites are kept at a minimum. It is never fined, which preserves as much of that fruit as possible, and makes it a vegan wine as well.