Benoit Dehu MV 'Initiation' Blanc de Noirs, Brut Nature, Champagne, France
After a defining period at Bollinger, 8th generation champagne grower Benoît Déhu returned to the family estate in 2009 fully dedicated to natural practices and the Meunier grape. All of his bottlings are vinified and aged in barrel and foudre in an old grainery that he has added modern insulation so as to maintain perfect natural temperature and humidity. The majority of his barrels comes from his family’s nearby oak forest called the forest of Meillery, mixed in with a few Burgundy barrels. None of the champagnes go through Malo and they are all zero dosage. He keeps a perpetual solera for his primary NV vintage cuvée “Initiation.”
- Winemaker: Benoit Dehu
- Farming: Biodynamic
- Terroir: Clay-limestone, clay-sand, and green marl in Fossoy
- Variety: 78% Pinot Meunier, 22% Pinot Noir. Meunier from “Rue des Noyers” parcel & Pinot from “L’Orme” in Valle de Marne
- Vinification: Vin clair aged 10 months in 228L Burgundy barrel.
- Aging: Twenty months on lees in bottle. Zero dosage
- Tasting notes: Ripe yellow apple, apricot, cranberry, toasted walnuts, chalky salinity. Lightly oxidative and expansive on the palate.
In 2015 he began converting the 1.7 ha single parcel of Meunier “La Rue des Noyers” to organic and biodynamic farming which he uses as the basis for blanc de noir, rosé and red and white côteaux champenois still wines. In 2016 he added a small single parcel of Pinot Noir “L’Orme” which he planted from massale selected Pommard clones. Today he farms a total of 4ha today that are certified organic & biodynamic for his own label.