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Champagne Marteaux Guillaume Le Métisse Extra Brut NV

This was my first ever visit to a winery in Champagne – and my word, did it ever deliver!

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Flavor Profile: Lemongrass, ginger, green herbs, lemon drops, chalk, river rocks, key limes, Korean pears, sweetgrass, sour cherries, and white grapefruits
Time on Lees: 52 months
Dosage: 3.5 g/L
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices

Why We Love It...

In the gorgeous Marne Valley, and the tiny village of Bonneil, we braved a fierce tempest that was almost too much for our little rental car just to visit Marteaux Guillaume. We had tasted his wines several months before, but had never visited and knew very little about this tiny producer. Even with a significant language barrier, and only the selective light of a single flashlight – because of the storm – Guillaume Marteaux and his winery was a fascinating and educational experience…with delicious and thoughtful Champagnes (and Ratafias!) at the end of it all.

My first ever visit to a winery in Champagne, and what a treat it was. Bonneil is almost perfectly flat, running alongside the right bank of the Marne River, but with the majority of its vineyards resting on a steep slope that horseshoes around the village on the other side. The sun was shining gloriously, but the wind was howling and the chill was brisk – and we eagerly sought refuge in the cellar. Even without power, as Guillaume guided us through his facility with a flashlight, it was obvious that this is a no-frills, efficient, and effective workspace – not nearly as large as a grand estate in Bordeaux, nor as fancy, but thoughtfully lain out, and perfect for his small production. 

He works all his vineyards organically and biodynamically – in tune with the fluctuations of the seasons and the moon – and speaks of his vines as though they were people. He gives them potions when they are stressed or overworked, he lets them tell him when the fruit is ready to be tasted or harvested, and he painstakingly mixes his own concoctions of natural ingredients to treat their ailments and needs – like some ancient apothecary maven. He even custom-built a case to house and protect his precious compost tea and cow horns that will be ritualistically buried in the vineyards when the time comes – yet for now protected in this treasure chest designed to block the harmful vibrations of nearby power lines or 5G towers. 

He “energizes” all the water used in his winemaking with a custom-built mixer, as well as all the water that will carry his tinctures and spread them across his vines. This all may seem a bit much to those uninitiated about the methods and madness of biodynamic farming, I get it, but there is no questioning the results. One must remember that farmers are superstitious as a rule, and in a constant state of response and adaptation to the fickle whims of nature – and Guillaume’s obvious passion and considerable efforts are simply how he has learned to maintain such a unique and top-quality portfolio. 

And what a portfolio it is! Built from over 54 small parcels scattered across the hillside of Bonneil, Marteaux Guillaume makes 5 different cuvées, mostly based on pinot meunier, but with a good amount of chardonnay and pinot noir as well.

For this “Le Métisse” (the mix) we have a blend of 45% chardonnay, 36% pinot meunier, and 19% pinot noir, predominantly from the 2018 vintage, with an addition of 14% of his perpetual reserves. After some four and a half years on the lees, the wine takes an Extra Brut dosage of  3.5 grams/liter following disgorgement. The fruit hails from nearly 60-year-old vines, grown on steeply sloping hillsides of clay, marl, and limestone just a short drive from the winery. It’s a powerful and welcoming Champagne, with aromas of lemongrass, ginger, and green herbs. Flavors follow of sweet but tart lemon drops, then minerals like chalk and river rocks, joined lastly by a panoply of key limes, Korean pears, sweetgrass, sour cherries, and white grapefruits. Incredibly complex, and perhaps cleaner, and purer than my early bias to unknown biodynamic producers was expecting to find. We’re thrilled to share this, and other wines from Marteaux Guillaume’s portfolio with you –  fantastic stuff, to be certain, from one of Champagne’s most passionate biodynamic growers! Only one other shop in the USA has this – at nowhere near our spectacular price! Get a couple and I promise, you’ll be as enamored as I am!

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Vallee de la Marne
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 45% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Meunier and 19% Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Marteaux Guillaume
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 675
Pair it with: Vadouvan Scallops with ginger spiced carrot puree

Champagne Marteaux Guillaume Le Métisse Extra Brut NV

$49
$100

Retail

51

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