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Passionate winegrowers

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It is in Marzilly, a place set back in the greenery of the Massif de Saint-Thierry that Champagne Ullens finds its origin.
Created in 2012, our estate works mainly with Meunier. This grape variety expresses its charm and purity through our blended wines and our plot vintages. For us, it is important to combine traditional Champagne know-how, respect for life and local biodiversity with our vision "from the outside" in order to make the most of this alliance.

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Baslieux Sous Chatillon

The story began in Baslieux sous Chatillon in 1956… Then in 1995, Éric Taillet took over from his father, continuing to cultivate his vines. "Meunier is part of my professional life, it is my greatest grape variety in Champagne. It brings fruity aromas, finesse, elegance and maturity to the aromas. For me, it is important today. 'hui to combine the use of avant-garde techniques with traditions.

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It is in the heart of the village of Leuvrigny that this beautiful love affair with Champagne began four generations ago, in 1929, with my great-grandparents. Fervent defender of Meunier already on that date, we continued in this direction. We are on soils which produce excellent Meuniers. 90% of the estate is made up there. Our Meuniers bring different aromas thanks to two villages, two visions, two terroirs, two exhibitions .

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Passy Sur Marne

The House is located in Passy-sur-Marne, in the heart of the Marne Valley. Founded in 1954, today the third generation is at the head of the company. Our story with Le Meunier began in the 1950s with the creation of the estate by my grandfather Georges Serveaux. This grape variety has often been criticized in Champagne for several years. Today our goal is to put this grape to the fore and make it become the first grape variety of Champagne in terms of image and value. We seek above all modernity, in our work and our communication.

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After studying oenology and vineyards, passing a master's degree in oenology and studying wine-making in Australia, Jérôme Blin returned to the family estate.

On his return to the estate, he decided to start growing organic grapes on a small part of his estate, and everything accelerated therefater.

In 2013, the first organic grapes arrived. In 2016, he markets his first organic wines.

Today, the 2.10ha estate is mainly organic and Meunier.

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Located in Cuisles, in the heart of the Marne Valley, our estate was created in 1936 with the marketing of its first bottles. Fervent defender of Meunier since the beginning, the latter represents 80% of the grape varieties in our domain. Our terroir of illite clay is made for this grape variety.  You will understand,  le Meunier is the story of our House, of our family.  The House has been certified organic since 2018 and soon in biodynamics. We vinify without input and  as naturally as possible.

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In 2007, after studying wine, Jean-Baptiste returned to the family estate and learned with his father how to work the vines in the respect of nature : grasing of the vines, use of natural products... 

In 2016, he creates his own structure of 3.35ha in rent. It consists of two of the Champagne grape varieties : Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

At the same time, he decides to produce his own champagne and launch his own brand : Champagne Lointier.

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Fleury la Rivière

Our desire, today, is to restore the letters of nobility to this grape variety so often criticized in the past.

Our terroir is distinguished by its richness in sandy clay and in particular by its famous tufa rich in fossils and shells. It is the common thread that gives our wines an inexhaustible source of pleasures combining finesse, elegance and salinity. Our winemaking methods give expression to the wines and remain faithful to tradition.

We are always driven by the same quest, namely to bring through our champagne wines a real joie de vivre and indelible sensations.

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La Neuville aux Larris

Present for 5 generations in La Neuville aux Larris, the Savoye estate was the first to plant vines in the 19th century in the town.

The 4th generation, Gérard Savoye, decided to create his own brand : Champagne Gérard Savoye.

However, he decided in 2012 to stop marketing and sell his production to another Champagne House.

In 2016, his daughter Mathilde decided to take over the business. She created her own brand in 2019 : Champagne Mathilde Savoye.

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"I started my career as a consultant oenologist in Champagne at the beginning of 1990, and my playground has always been the Marne Valley, Meunier territory (with a few occasional forays into other Champagne vintages).

Meunier was described to me during my studies as a grape variety giving simple, short wines with low aging potential.

What was my surprise when I tasted wines made from this variety from the 70s, 60s, then 50s, still full of life."

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Meunier fans

After several years defending Meunier, Eric Taillet decided, in 2015, to join forces with his oenologist Pierre-Yves Bournerias to create what would become Meunier Institute. Their desire, to bring together champagne winegrowers for the love of this beautiful grape variety.  


Indeed, Meunier has long been perceived as the black sheep of Champagne, a grape variety that “could not” produce great wines. Used mainly for its resistance like its quality, it knows how to ripen and age high quality champagnes with unique flavors.  


Fortunately, 100% Meunier vintages emerge from the ground, and its defense and recognition is ensured by many enthusiasts. This is how Meunier Institut has expanded and grown until today when it has ten members in total. Winegrowers and an oenologist from the different villages of Marne and Aisne with different reasons to highlight this grape variety.  


We therefore invite you to dive into this discovery of our terroirs and production methods as well as through the tasting of our wines. Thanks to this highlighting, we want to assert our pride in cultivating Meunier on the Champagne region.  

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