CHAMPAGNE LAURENT BENARD is an organic winery in the Champagne region of France.
OWNER | Laurent Bénard.
VINEYARDS | 2017 2.45 hectares (6.05 acres) of organic vines (which are listed below). Laurent told me at Millésime Bio in January 2017 he also had other vines not just in Mareuil but in other villages too that he was converting to organics.
VINEYARDS IN MAREUIL-SUR-AY
The soil in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ is described as homogeneous, comprising 40 cm of topsoil over chalk
- 75 ares of Pinot Meunier in “Les Basses Clefs”
- 80 ares of Pinot Noir in “Le Chemin du Bois” and “La Maladrille”
- 45 ares of Chardonnay in “Les Sept Arpents” and “Le Chemin du Bois”
VINEYARDS IN AVENAY VAL D’OR
In Avenay Val d’Or the soil is clay, clay-chalk.
- 45 acres of Pinot Noir “Les Vignes du Feuilly”
CERTIFICATION | 2012 First vintage with full organic certification.
CHAMPAGNE AOC, EXTRA BRUT | 2010 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay. Grapes in the second year of conversion to organics. From Mareuil-sur-Aÿ: Chemin du Bois, La Maladrille, Les Basses Clefs and Les Sept Arpents. Vinification in oak barrels on lees. Manual riddling. Dosage 4 g/l. Bottling 20th of July 2011. / 2012 Low yield vintage. 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay 100% oak fermented. / 2013 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. 100% oak fermented. Lovely rich fruit at Millésime Bio January 2017.
CHAMPAGNE AOC, VIBRATO | 2010 100% Chardonnay from Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (Les Sept Arpents). Grapes in the second year of conversion to organics. Vinification in oak barrels on lees. No added sulfites. Manual riddling. Dosage 2 g/l. Bottling 20th of July 2011. Disgorged: Jan 2016.
CHAMPAGNE AOC, VIBRATO EXTRA BRUT | 2011 Grapes in the third year of conversion to organics. 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. From Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. Vines in Chemin du Bois, La Maladrille, Les Basses Clefs, Les Sept Arpents. Fermented in oak barrels on lees. No added sulfites. Manual riddling. Dosage 0 g/l. Bottling 5th September 2012. Disgorged April 2016.
Champagne Laurent Bénard, 23 rue Duval, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, F-51160 Aÿ-Champagne (Marne), France / Tel+ 33 03.26.52.60.28 / Website www.champagne-laurentbenard.com