Les Murgiers Extra Brut (2015 base)
100% 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; however, the current iteration is only 2015 fruit, as Boulard transitions Les Murgiers to 100% Meunier. It is always bottled as in both Brut Nature and Extra Brut forms.
As for all Boulard-owned vines, the farming is certified-organic and fully 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 (2015) was manually disgorged in December 2018 and finished with a 3-gram dosage.