"Les Murgiers" Brut Nature (2018 base)
67% Pinot Meunier/30% Pinot Noir/3% Chardonnay. "Les Murgiers" is the beginning of the Boulard range and takes its name from the traditional vineyard walls built from river stones dug up to make way for planting (and alternatively spelled murgets, murgers, meurgers or meurgiers). The fruit comes from several parcels in the Vallée de la Marne west of Cumières and in the Massif de St. Thierry in the Montage de Reims. The average age of the vines is 35 years. Historically, Boulard made Murgiers as a Pinot-Noir/Pinot Meunier blend. Starting in 2015, Boulard started shifting toward a pure Meunier wine; a cellar fire in 2016 slowed down the transition but as of the 2018-base wine, Boulard is getting closer to the goal. Les Murgiers remains around 70% current vintage and 30% reserve wines.
Boulard's farming is certified-organic with biodynamic practices. The fruit is harvested at high ripeness in order to achieve balance with minimal to no dosage. Each parcel is vinified separately. The hand-harvested bunches are gently pressed, and only the first-press juice is used. It is fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in wood. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged on its lees with periodic batônnage in used Burgundy barrels. It is bottled on biodynamic “fruit days” with no fining and no sulfur (small amount used at press only). Riddling and disgorgement are by hand; the 2018-base Murgiers was disgorged in 2021. It is always bottled in both brut nature and extra brut forms.