Benoit Marguet, the man behind this exciting Champagne house belongs to the generation of young wine growers who revolutionized Burgundy and Champagne over the last decade.
Champagne Marguet is located in the Grand Cru Village of Ambonnay, where the property was first founded in 1870. Benoit is the 5th generation of the Marguet family, changed it dramatically applying both to his vineyards management and wine making philosophy. The domaine’s holding consist of total 8 ha under vines – all Grand Crus: 7.30 ha in the village of Ambonnay (Lieux dits: Les Saints Remys, Les Beurys, Les Crayeres, La Grande Ruelle, Les Bermonts and Le Parc), and 0.70 ha in the village of Bouzy (Lieux dits: Les Loges, Les Hannepes). The average age of the vines is over 40 years, and the yield consists of 58% of Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay.
Benoit has converted the entire estate to extreme biodynamics & aromatherapy farming since 2009. The well being of the soil is priority of Benoit, and since 2010 exclusively 2 horses, which belong to the domaine, plough all the vineyards, which is unique in Champagne and very rare in the world of wine. Benoit works with French agronomists Claude & Lydia Bourguignon and uses Biodinamic massale selection.
In the winery, the work is done totally by gravity. Fermentation is done plot by plot in wooden vats and small barrels with long aging on its lees. No sugar is being added, and use of sulfites is virtually non-existent or kept for extremely low levels in very few cases.
Most of the wines are bottled by the domaine as single vineyards as well as single village (single cru) , most being Grand Crus rated. They are 2 Rose Champagne (made from Chardonnay grapes dominantly using the blend methods), the non vintage is called SHAMAN Rose wile the vintage is AMBONNAY Rose, both being particularly successful year after year.
But the wine Benoit is most excited about is a very special one: Champagne Sapience, the first prestige Champagne in the premium style to be certified organically, and vinified totally with natural methods. Sapience is collaboration between 4 great biodynamic Champagne growers: Benoit Marguet, Benoit Lahaye, Vincent Laval and David Leclapart. The concept is to craft Champagne using extreme biodynamic methods. The blend comprises Chardonnay from David Leclapart, Pinot Meunier from Vincent Laval and Pinot Noir from Benoit Lahaye. The wine is made in the cellar of Benoit Marguet. The base wine spends two years aging in very fine forest selection barrels before the second fermentation in bottle. Its being released 9 years after harvest. This wine when being tasted in blind tastings with other top cru Champagnes including Salon, Krug and others consistently gets the highest ranking. Sadly, this wine is being produced in minute quantity of under 3000 bottles per vintage.
Benoit Marguet is widely considered as the most important natural wine producer in Champagne today, following Lalou-Bize Leroy as his role model.