4 Eléments: Pinot Meunier 2013
At a Glance
- Size: 0.36 ha (0.89 ac)
- Variety: Pinot Meunier
- Vine Age: Planted in 1963
- Terroir: West/ southwest-facing lieu-dit La Grosse Pierre (Ludes, Montagne de Reims) with shallow, rocky, quickly-drying Campanian limestone soil
- Viticulture: Sustainable
- Vinification: In 600-liter demi-muids, malolactic blocked, 3 years prise de mousse sur lattes with cork closure, 3 g/L dosage (Extra Brut) in April 2017.
The philosophy of 4 Eléments cuvées originated in the brothers' desire to reveal the balance of their terroirs and to observe, understand, and experiment with their unique characteristics. The combination of four elements- one parcel, one variety, one vintage, and one overriding method of vinification- allows for a true, precise reflection within the larger, magnificent mosaic of terroirs that define Champagne.
This Pinot Meunier champagne was first made in 2012 and was just the second cuvée the brothers had made for their 4 Elements experiment. From the first vintage, they chose the terroir Grosse Pierre due to its production of smaller, concentrated grapes (the result of hydric stress on the vines from the shallow, rocky soils). With 2013, it was joined by the return of a Chardonnay cuvée and the new Pinot Meunier cuvée.