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Champagne Marteaux Guilluame L'Indigene Extra Brut NV Wine - Last Bottle

Champagne Marteaux Guilluame L'Indigene Extra Brut NV

Antoine de Saint Exupéry said "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." This is a quote that resonates with land steward and vigneron Guillaume Marteaux of Champagne Marteaux Guillaume. But you will inherit some darn good wine if you act now because we only have a tiny amount of this meunier-based deliciousness.

$45
$90

Retail

50
Flavor Profile: Peonies, roasted hazelnuts, iron, saltwater taffy, grilled lemons, black plums, black cherries, and malted chocolates
Time on Lees: 63 months
Dosage: 5 g/L
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices

Why We Love It...

Full transparency…we tasted this, fell in love, and bought every bottle we could…before the wine got its stunning 98-point marks. Can we pick them or what? This is a simply gorgeous, incredibly unique, 100% pinot meunier Blanc de Noirs that I absolutely love – truly like no other Champagne I’ve ever tasted…but in a good way! At such a fantastic price, too? This is for the explorers at heart, the passionate, bold, and undaunted souls who both love great Champagne and yet…always ponder, “What’s next?” 

If you’ve been paying attention – we’ve quickly become huge fans of Champagne Marteaux Guillaume. I met Guillaume back in November, in the quaint Marne Valley village of Bonneil, an off-the-path village surrounded by a horseshoe of hills where the vineyards are all planted. It was an experience I’ll never forget, and the wines were equally memorable. 

Before we arrived, we braved a fierce tempest that was almost too much for our little rental car – 70 mph gusts of wind that knocked out power to the entire town. Guillaume greeted us with a flashlight, speaking little more English than we spoke French, and took us for his grand tour. It was an efficient and minimalistic space – but of particular note was the mysterious wooden box where he stored his compost tea and the next round of bull horns to be buried as part of his biodynamic preparations. He’s exceptionally passionate about his vines, as I’ve found most biodynamic practitioners tend to be, but the results speak for themselves! He would later show us his apothecary, where he stores foraged roots, dried herbs, minerals, and the like – to be turned into tinctures and shared as needed with individual vines and thereby avoid the need for blanket chemical treatments of entire vineyards as you might find elsewhere. 

His specialty is pinot meunier, and this – his largest production wine – showcases the grape impeccably well! This 100% pinot meunier stems from the 2017 harvest, with 50% of the wine from his perpetual reserve of estate pinot meunier. The wine ages on the lees for over 5 years, finishing with a disgorgement and dosage of 5 grams per liter in December 2022. Guillaume wanted to ensure that L’Indigene did indeed showcase its terroir, without all of the “makeup” that often masks wine’s true character. With this lower dosage, we get a powerful floral nose, where peonies and roasted hazelnuts join with iron accents and hints of fresh-pulled saltwater taffy. This is intense and brooding Champagne, with a weight and considerable heft behind every sip. A fine-boned vein of tingly minerality lifts this beautifully, but not before grilled lemons, black plums, black cherries, and malted chocolates make an appearance. It’s clean, but savory, fresh, yet rich – and just beautifully, powerfully dichotomous in the most thought-provoking way. 

For 98-point Champagne coming under the radar at less than $50 – this is a beautiful and utterly fabulous bottle that shouldn’t be passed up! Marteaux Guillaume is an up-and-coming cult producer and one to watch. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you knew you were one of the first people to be aware of his considerable talents?

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Technical Details

Country: France
Region: Champagne
Appellation: Vallee de la Marne
Varietal: Pinot Meunier
Winemaker: Marteaux Guillaume
Farming Method: Biodynamic Practices
Alcohol: 12.5%
Production: 1,633

Champagne Marteaux Guilluame L'Indigene Extra Brut NV

$45
$90

Retail

50

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