Our Meunier ambassadors
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
Fleury The River
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.
Saint Martin d'Ablois
The House is located at the entrance to the village of Saint Martin d'Ablois. Champagne Didier-Ducos was born in 1946 following the marriage of Yvonne Ducos and Adrien Didier: 2 names for one identity. Today, Nicolas and his wife Clotilde are at the head of the House. Defenders of Meunier, for them it is not just a grape variety used for blending. It is perfect on its own, representative of our hills, our history and our family. "The plus, the proximity, Our vines are here, we work the wine here, we welcome customers here, we can be proud of having no external service provider, our autarky!
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.
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 eight 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.