Minière F & R

Minière F & R is a small grower based in Hermonville right in the very north of the region. There is no chalk here and the wines are based on limestone, clay and sandy soils.

The estate was founded in 1919 by Frédéric and Rodolphe’s great-grandfather who sold to the merchants of Reims. In 2005 the brothers took over from their parents and started producing their own wine for the first time. They have tirelessly worked to biodynamic principles and are retaining more of the land for their own production, once they are happy each plot is in perfect condition. The sandier plots were never hit by phylloxera and so have remained ungrafted. In the future there will be separate bottlings (a Blanc de Noirs and a Blanc de Blancs) from these plots.

Each cuvée spends around 5 to 6 years on the lees, receives low dosage, élevage in oak and the malolactic fermentation is blocked. The resulting wines are precise, direct and mineral with ample body and richness – much like fine Burgundy, making them the perfect addition to the DD portfolio!

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Hermonville, Champagne

  • Winemakers

    Frèdèric & Rodolphe Minière

  • Total holdings

    8ha

  • Established

    2005

  • Cultivation

    Biodynamic (not certified)

  • Website

    http://www.champagne-miniere.fr

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Cuvée Influence 35% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay 45 years on average Clay, sand, limestone -
Cuvée Brut Zéro 35% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay 45 years on average Clay, sand, limestone -
Cuvée Blanc Absolu 100% Chardonnay 45 years on average Clay, sand, limestone -
Influence Rosé 35% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay 45 years on average Clay, sand, limestone -

Viticulture / Vinification

  • Vinification & élevage in oak
  • Blocked malolactic fermentation
  • Extended time on the lees - 5 to 6 years
  • Lees stirring
  • Low dosage