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!
Frèdèric & Rodolphe Minière
Biodynamic (not certified)
|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