Last year we featured Marguet Shaman 12 (2012 base vintage), and now this year Shaman 13 (2013 base vintage). Benoît Marguet is one of a legion of young growers who do not blend vintage characteristics away, going so far as to list the “base vintage” on the labels. Made two-thirds from Grand Cru Chardonnay, it owes its pretty mid-rose pink to Grand Cru Pinot Noir. As you may know, 2013 provided challenges throughout flowering and a summer hailstorm drastically reduced the harvest. However, our hero Benoît pulled out a fantastic Montagne wine. Bone dry, incredibly scented, savoury, super zesty and pure. We can't stop smelling this Champagne once we've opened a bottle
The Champagne House of Marguet is located in Ambonnay surrounded by the famous cities of Reims, Epernay and Châlons-en-Champagne. A union of two Champagne houses, Champagne Marguet was formed in 1875; Champagne Bonnerave Frères was founded in 1905. In 2005 the Marguet-Bonnerave house became Champagne Marguet Père et Fils. Fifth generation, Benoît Marguet coverted the vineyards to biodynamic farming in 2009. The base wines from each cru are vinified separately in small oak barrels. In keeping with the tenets of biodynamism, work in the vineyard and winery is carried out according to the lunar cycle. He is especially revered for his Rosés.