Grower Champagne Club – August 2020

Serveaux Fils, Pur Meunier Brut, $64
The origins of this house date back to the 1950s when Georges Serveaux became drawn to the potential of wine growing in the Marne Valley. He had no money to help him follow up on his dream, but was able to borrow enough to buy his first plots of land on the slopes of the valley. In clearing that land he had to remove a large walnut tree which he sold to a local lumber company. With the money he received, he was able to repay his debt, invest in more vineyards, and begin to develop his winery. His son Pascal carried on the work his father began, and today he and his wife Martine and their three children run the small, 15-hectare family estate in Passy-sur-Marne in the heart of the Marne Valley. And they continue to make the wines in the house that was built with stones unearthed when Georges Serveaux was planting his first vines. Pascal has a deep knowledge and understanding of each of his plots, which he tends individually and always with utmost respect for the environment. He grows all three Champagne grapes but this one is 100% Pinot Meunier, sourced from several vineyard sites planted on limestone-clay soils. The wine beautifully showcases the character of the Pinot Meunier grape, with its dark red fruit aromas, touch of earthiness, and hint of toast. It doesn’t go through malolactic fermentation but it does see some oak and is aged five years on its lees, adding richness, texture, and complexity. Seven grams dosage gives it just the right amount of softness, which is balanced by a fresh touch of citrusy acidity. Enjoy anytime with shellfish, crab, or lobster.