Les Hauts Meunier

Les Hauts Meunier

Appellation: Champagne
Varietal: Pinot Meunier
Vineyards: Le Mont Benoit
Orientation: East facing exposure
Average age of vines: 55 years
Principal soil type: Clay & limestone over chalk

Brochet’s entire production comes from this single, east-facing hillside parcel, the oldest vines of which were planted by massale sélection in 1962. All three of the principal Champagne varietals are planted here but for this vintage Champagne, Brochet uses only the Pinot Meunier from the oldest vines at the top of the slope.

The varietal character is immediately evident in the wine’s broad build and darkly toned flavors, yet when tasting this alongside Brochet’s chardonnays, it’s striking how similar the soil signatures are. There’s plenty of deliciously ripe fruit here, enlivened by vibrant acidity, but in the end, this wine is really driven by its expression of place, and that’s clearly where it derives its strength and energy.
— Peter Liem

Les Hauts Meunier fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

Le Mont BenoitIntensely aromatic and displaying a honeyed, chenin-like quality with white floral and ripe, yellow orchard fruit dominating the nose.

Haut ChardonnayThere’s a subtle, stony minerality that permeates the whole wine from beginning to end, adding to the overall impression of finesse, elegance and grace…

Les Hauts MeunierPlenty of deliciously ripe fruit here, enlivened by vibrant acidity, but in the end, this wine is really driven by its expression of place…