Jeaunaux-Robin


Jeaunaux-Robin 'Eclats de Meulière' |Brut |NV

Jeaunaux-Robin

Jeaunaux-Robin 'Eclats de Meulière'

Brut NV

$96.00

- Tiny biodynamic & organic producer producing rich flinty style of champagne

- Excellent example of value grower champagne

- Pair with fresh figs, shaved ham and some toasted almonds

'Eclats de Meulière' means “burst of millstone” recalling the nature of soils which are calcareous clay with little flints and millstones. On the nose it’s fresh and citrusy with grapefruit and lemon plus some generous orchard fruit like pear in the background. The palate is well-balanced, flavoursome, clean, juicy and extremely mineral driven.

Technical details: 60% Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay. Wild fermented for the primary fermentation. A blend 80% stainless steel and 20% older oak foudres (500L+) with about six months of ageing in tank and regular bâtonnage (lees-stirring).

For the secondary fermentation in bottle, the wine aged for 30 months on its lees with full malolactic fermentation and approx 5.5 g/L dosage. Vines are on average 35 years old and they use organic and biodynamic practices.

What a find! This tiny family domain was founded in 1964 by Michel & Marie-Claude Jeaunaux and as of 1999 has been run by husband and wife Cyril & Clémence Jeaunaux-Robin. The estate is only 5.7 ha, with vineyards beginning at the end of the family garden. With the vineyards so close to the family home, it’s no surprise that they’ve been certified biodynamic since 2010 and organic for far longer. 

Jeaunaux-Robin produce only about 40,000 bottles in their tiny cellar. There are two basket presses in the garage and the grape must flows by gravity into settling tanks under the back door and into the winery beneath the house. Cyril uses old oak barrels to vinify around a quarter of the wines, with malolactic fermentation, with the rest in stainless steel, also with malo. 

Jeaunaux-Robin is situated in the village of Talus Saint-Prix in La Vallée du Petit Morin, which is named after ‘Le Petit Morin’ river which shoots off the Marne river, at the very southern tip of the Côte des Blancs. The village has only 39 ha of vineyards planted on south facing slopes an La Vallée du Petit Morin is known for its flint-rich, silex soil which imparts unmistakable texture and minerality to the wines. The average vine age on the family’s property is 40 years, which is ancient by Champagne standards and only increases the depth and richness of the wines.  

Fresh figs, shaved ham and some toasted almonds

About the house

What a find! This tiny family domain was founded in 1964 by Michel & Marie-Claude Jeaunaux and as of 1999 has been run by husband and wife Cyril & Clémence Jeaunaux-Robin. The estate is only 5.7 ha, with vineyards beginning at the end of the family garden. With the vineyards so close to the family home, it’s no surprise that they’ve been certified biodynamic since 2010 and organic for far longer. 

Jeaunaux-Robin produce only about 40,000 bottles in their tiny cellar. There are two basket presses in the garage and the grape must flows by gravity into settling tanks under the back door and into the winery beneath the house. Cyril uses old oak barrels to vinify around a quarter of the wines, with malolactic fermentation, with the rest in stainless steel, also with malo. 

Jeaunaux-Robin is situated in the village of Talus Saint-Prix in La Vallée du Petit Morin, which is named after ‘Le Petit Morin’ river which shoots off the Marne river, at the very southern tip of the Côte des Blancs. The village has only 39 ha of vineyards planted on south facing slopes an La Vallée du Petit Morin is known for its flint-rich, silex soil which imparts unmistakable texture and minerality to the wines. The average vine age on the family’s property is 40 years, which is ancient by Champagne standards and only increases the depth and richness of the wines.  

Food pairing

Fresh figs, shaved ham and some toasted almonds

Earth


Mineral

Orchard Fruit


Pear

Citrus Fruit


Citrus Grapefruit

Herbs & Spices


Spice