Francis Boulard et Fille ‘Les Murgiers’ Blanc De Noirs Extra Brut NV


Francis Boulard has made a standout Pinot Meunier Champagne. So aromatic and pretty, dry and clean. It is great with Comte.

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At the age of 14 Francis was given permission to hold the handles of the plough behind Bijou the horse. After completing work with his Family and other houses Francis Boulard, his wife Jeanne and daughter Delphine started this Champagne house. What Francis started in organic conversion his daughter Delphine has pushed further, making the house completely certified organic and the wines as natural as possible.

100% Pinot Meunier and the dosage is 5 grams per litre. The vineyard is located in the Marne Valley and the average age of the vines is 30 years. Only the first press is used and fermentation takes place with indigenous yeasts. It is matured in a range of oak casks, malolactic is completed and it isn’t fined.

The wine is so pretty, I say this is in part because we were tasting a freshly disgorged example. Orchard fruits, floral notes, nice flesh and clean finishing. I’d happily recommend this as a standout Champagne. Drink as fresh as possible with Comte.


A wine region of France approximately 160km East of Paris. It is also the name of the wines produced from the area. Most famously it is a sparkling wine that undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle and is aged on lees. Although there is the occasional still wine you can find around particularly Pinot Noir. The fantastically named Bouzy Rouge is one such example. There are very few single vintage, single vineyard, single variety Champagnes (I can only name one and it was produced only 47 times between 1900 and 1999). Why? Due to the large area the region covers, and the challenging weather the houses blended wines to produce a consistent and reliable product every year. This is where the growers come in. They relish the chance to show off vintage variation and small plot wines.

Pinot Meunier

Meunier is most famous for adding body and richness to the wines of Champagne. The trade-off is it tends to make the Champagnes age quicker and is therefore often left out of Prestige Cuvées. Not often found in still table wine production.

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