Benjamin Benoit - Cellier Saint Benoit

Sep 24, 2022

At the age of 25, Benjamin Benoit has taken over his family domaine in Pupillin in 2020. This happened abit quicker than anticipated due to his fathers passing in 2019. Thankfully, Benjamin had been workingunder some of our favorite winemakers in Burgundy. When tasting his wines, these past experiencesclearly set him up for success. Charles Lachaux, Nicolas Faure, and Amélie Berthaut- how much have wespoken about the three of them in the past few years? Alot:) Which only made it natural for Benjamin to beour first official import.

When Speaking with Benjamin a few things stood out. First, he isn’t trying to make Nicolas’ gamay orAmelie’s Fixin, he is trying to make site specific wine from his vineyards in Pupillin. He has pretty muchrevamped the way his father was doing it. Bottling each vineyard and lieux-dit individually and highlighting the individual terroirs of the region; something that has not been done in the region. He has been in theprocess of moving his viticulture practices to organic and regenerative methods, supporting the growth ofnatural biodiversity in the vines. With only two vintages under his belt, it is going to take some time forBenjamin to be able to invest in fully transitioning the vineyards. Most of the vineyards are already treatedby hand without the use of tractors or hedging. Plowing is very minimal to limit the soil compaction tosupport microbial life. He has transitioned from curved guyot to keeping his canes flat and straight to givemore space between the canopy in order to curve disease pressure. He works all of his vineyards by handand makes his own fertilizers. Trimming is done very late in July. Each plot has 1.3m between rows and is7000 vines/ha, except Viandris 1938, which is at 1m and plowed by horse. His vineyards look beautifulalready, full of organic life with natural cover crops filling in the vines.

Benjamin is currently farming 6.2ha of vines, but only producing 4ha worth of wine due to space in thewinery. A new one is under way and will hopefully bring all 6ha to us in bottle by 2022.

Viticulture and Vinification

PLOUSSARD

FERMENTATION

100% Destemmed - Using a crible | Ambient Yeasts | Intracellular fermentation in stainless steel vats 12-16 Day Maceration | Light Pump Over - No Punch Down | Vertical Press

AGING

80% 6 months in tank 20% used barrel | Unfined & Unfiltered

CHARDONNAY

FERMENTATION

Whole cluster in a vertical press | The must is allowed to oxidize, then hit with just a small amount of sulfur 24 hours settling then racked Fermented in used 228 and 660L oak barrels | Ambient yeasts

AGING

10-11 months in used 600L, 228L, and 100L barrels | Sulfur additions after malo and at bottling were modest

PINOT NOIR & TROUSSEAU

FERMENTATION

Stainless Steel & Fiber Tanks | Fermented in used 228 and 660L oak barrels 100% Whole Cluster Ambient Yeasts | 12-16 Day Maceration | Punch Downs at the very end of ferment | Vertical Press

AGING

6 months in tank | 2 months in barrel | Unfined & Unfiltered

The Wines of Cellier Saint Benoit

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Ploussard Côte de Feule

THE VINEYARD Pupillin, Côte de Feule one of the most famous terroirs, Steep South Facing Slope

BEDROCK Iridescent Triassic (grey,green,pink marl)

SOIL The soils are light, very shallow, and stony with lots of limestone angular gravels, rocks and even boulders, many ofwhich are eroded from the calcaire a gryphées

VITICULTURE Traditionally, Ploussard and Trousseau were co-planted here.

VINE AGE Planted in 1961

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1325

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Ploussard La Ronde

THE VINEYARD North on the appellation border or Pupillin, lies below Viandris, moderatelysteep

BEDROCK Grey marl from the middle Liassic

SOIL Colluvial material from the from the Bajocian limestone at the top of the slope. More rockygiving a more chalky texture

VINE AGE Planted in 1961

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1285

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Ploussard La Rouge

THE VINEYARD In a small Combe, Moderately Steep, faces Southeast

BEDROCK Iridescent Triassic marls (grey, green, and pink marl)

SOIL Deep reddish brown, water-retentive, heavy clay containing a lot of iron oxide (i.e. La Rouge)

VINE AGE Planted in 1961

BOTTLES PRODUCED 466

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Pinot Noir Courbes Raies

THE VINEYARD Upper slope east of Fonteneille.Flat to moderately steep. West Facing

BEDROCK Triassic Limestone, containing gryphaea i.e.“Calcaire à Gryphées” with a narrow band ofgrey marl

SOIL Light clay and sand with good drainage

VITICULTURE- worked by hand to avoid soil compaction

VINE AGE Planted in 1957/1984

BOTTLES PRODUCED 658

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay La Marcette

THE VINEYARD North on the appellation border of Pupillin, lies above La Ronde Moderately steep

BEDROCK Grey marl from the upper Liassic

SOIL Colluvial material from the from the Bajocian limestone, very little topsoil

VINE AGE Planted in 1966

BOTTLES PRODUCED 2081

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay Viandris Cuvée 1938

THE VINEYARD North on the appellation border of Pupillin, biotype chardonnay Melon a Queue Rouge.Springs runningthroughout the vineyard, Moderately steep

BEDROCK Grey marl from the middle Liassic

SOIL colluvial material from the from the Bajocian limestone-top of the slope.

VINE AGE Planted 1937

BOTTLES PRODUCED 402

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay Les Charots

THE VINEYARD Location on the bottom of the slope of Marcette. Younger vines, very steep.

BEDROCK Grey marl from the upper LiassicSOIL Colluvial material from the from the Bajocian limestone with various clays on top

VINE AGE Planted in 1986

BOTTLES PRODUCED 590

2020 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Savagnin Naturé Le Grapiot

THE VINEYARD This unique vineyard has a gentle slope with Northwestern exposure. Plowed by horse every other row.Savagnin is planted straight up and down the slope. One barrel is made fully topped up

BEDROCK Grey marl from the middle Liassic

SOIL Colluvial material from the from the Bajocian limestone at the top of the slope.

VINE AGE About 55 Years Old

BOTTLES PRODUCED 496

NV Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Savagnin Sous Voile

THE VINEYARD This is one of Benjamin's Father's wines, that he has finished and put into bottle.

It is a blend of 3 vintages-2016, 2017 & 2018 with 4 different barrels making up the Assemblage.

A blend of Les Plantees, Le Grapiot, Chambines, and other Savagnin vines.

BOTTLES PRODUCED 1063