"Les Murgiers" Brut Nature (2016 base)


75% Pinot Noir/25% Pinot Meunier. Les Murgiers is the beginning of the Boulard range. The fruit comes from certified-organic plots in two Right-Bank villages west of Cumières in the Vallée de la Marne—Cuchery and Belval-sous-Chatillon—where the silty, marly clay-limestone soils favor Pinot Meunier. “Les Murgiers” are the local, traditional vineyard walls built from river stones dug up to make way for planting (and alternatively spelled murgets, murgers, meurgers or meurgiers). Historically, Boulard has made the wine as a Pinot-Noir/Pinot Meunier blend and from a base vintage with about 30% reserve wines. Starting in the 2015-base vintage, Boulard converted it to 100% Meunier; however, a cellar fire in 2016 changed the calculus for the 2016-base Murgiers, which is 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Meunier and 50% 2016 vintage and 50% reserve wines (the 2017-base Murgiers will go back to being a pure Meunier). Les Murgiers is always bottled in both Brut Nature and Extra Brut forms.

As for all Boulard-owned vines, the farming is certified-organic and practicing biodynamic. The fruit is harvested at high ripeness in order to achieve balance with little to no dosage. The hand-harvested bunches are gently pressed, and only first-press juice is used. It is fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts and continues in a variety of old oak vessels, ranging from small Burgundy and Champagne barrels and half hogsheads (5 hl.) to large casks (20 hl.). The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and remains on its lees with periodic batônnage in accordance with the lunar calendar. It is bottled on biodynamic “fruit days” with no fining and with minimal sulfur. Les Murgiers NV (2016) was  manually disgorged in March 2019 and finished with zero dosage.

91+ points
"The current bottling in the market of Francis Boulard et Fille “les Murgiers” Brut Nature is from the base year of 2016 and was disgorged in March of 2019. The cuvée is composed of its traditional blend of seventy-five percent pinot meunier and twenty-five percent pinot noir (after the 2015 version having been pure meunier), with all the grapes farmed organically. Half of the bottling is composed of reserve wines this year. The vins clairs are all barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts and raised in a range of older oak barrels and larger casks. The wine offers up a really beautiful bouquet of white peach, apple, fresh-baked bread, a fine base of soil tones, gentle smokiness and a topnote of meunier floral tones. On the palate the wine is crisp, full- 32 bodied, focused and plenty deep at the core, with very elegant mousse, fine balance and grip and a long, complex and vibrant finish. The acids here are nicely buffered and there is no shrillness from the zero dosage, with the higher percentage of reserve wines in the blend really adding to the breed of the bottling this year. Excellent juice. 2020-2040+. 91+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2020
93 points
"The NV Brut Nature Les Murgiers is a gorgeous, Meunier-driven Champagne loaded with character. Orchard fruit, dried flowers, chamomile, mint, lemon confit, red berries and lemon oil all grace this mid-weight, super-expressive Champagne. The zero dosage style works so well here. Lot 03/19. Harvest 2016."
Antonio Galloni,
Vinous Media
, December 2019

Product Line: 
Sparkling White
Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir
Farming Type: