Sapience is a collaboration between Benoit Marguet, Benoit Lahaye, Vincent Laval, and David Leclapart.
The concept is to craft a Champagne using extreme biodynamic methods. This rendition of Sapience comprises Chardonnay from David Leclapart, and Pinot Meunier from Vincent Laval. The next version will have Pinot Noir from Benoit Lahaye. The wine is made in the cellar of Benoit Marguet, who is one of the most passionate biodynamic winemakers we've encountered. The base wine spends two years aging in Bordeaux barrels before the second fermentation in bottle.
This is an exceptional bottle of Champagne, and one that warrants a special occasion. The nose is very rich with brown butter, green, fresh-cut grass, aloe, and fresh cream. The wine's earthiness made us think of Meunier, but in fact the wine has more Chardonnay in the blend. Dosed at 3 grams, the wine is absolutely perfectly balanced and seamless with great, toasty richness and lingering acidity and minerality on the midpalate and finish. A stunning bottle too.