Grower Champagne focus: Marguet Shaman 12


Grower Champagne focus: Marguet Shaman 12

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Champagne Marguet is run by fifth generation Benoit Marguet, and is a small house/grower based in Ambonnay. They farm their vineyards biodynamically, and have 8 hectares altogether, 7.3 in Ambonnay (Les Saints Remys, Les Beurys, Les Crayères, La Grande Ruelle, Les Bermonts, Le Parc) and 0.7 hectares in Bouzy (Les Loges, Les Hannepés). In addition to their own grapes, they also buy from like-minded growers in other nice parts of Champagne, such as Verzy, Mareuil sur Ay, Cumières and Rilly la Montagne. So I shouldn’t really be including this wine in the grower Champagne series, but Marguet feels more like a grower than a Champagne house. This wine is excellent and not expensive (in the UK The Wine Society have it for £30).

Champagne Marguet ‘Shaman’ 12 Grand Cru NV France
Marguet is a small house/grower based in Ambonnay, and this is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay, bottled in July 2013 and disgorged in March 2016. No sulphites were added and dosage is 2.4 g/litre. Based on the 2012 vintage. Rich but tight with nice tension. Citrussy and bright with a spicy herby twist. Some pear and crisp apple. This has ripeness but the low dosage keeps things tight. Lovely. 94/100

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