Sourced from the "La Grosse Pierre" lieu-dit parcel located in the Montagne de Reims’ village of Ludes, and features a natural western exposure. Planted in 1963 via selection massale, "La Grosse Pierre" has one of the most shallow, well-draining topsoils of nearly any vineyard in the area, with the vines' roots reaching the "dorsale calcaire" limestone bedrock after only 6 inches (15 cm) of topsoil.
Sustainable farming inspired by biodynamic principles since 2000 ; the Hurés have also experimented with organic and biodynamic methods on various parcels throughout their holdings since 2009. The brothers stopped using herbicides in 2011, and they plow four to five times per year to aerate the topsoil, primarily in March before the soils dry out. To fertilize, they use composts and treat the vines in accordance with the lunar calendar. To keep yields low, they prefer de-budding to crop thinning so they can optimally create the proper spacing between clusters on the cane—a technique that offers optimal aeration of the grapes in Champagne’s perpetual fight against mildew
100% Pinot Meunier.
54 years old on average
Hand harvested and vinified in the Traditional Method. Native- yeast fermented, no malo-lactic fermentation, then aged in demi- muids for 7 months before aging for 3 years “sur latte” on the lees in bottle under cork (not crown cap). 3 g/L dosage.
Classic Meunier aromatics of blood orange, cherry, ripe
nectarine, dried herbs, and flowers. The palate is generous and textured, a perfect counterpoint to the incredibly lively acidity and minerality in this wine. The finish leaves lingering flavors of marzipan, salted caramel, and wet stone.
~1500 bottles or 125 cases made.