The Bénard-Pitois family have been making Champagne in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ since 1878, currently run by Michelle and Laurent since 1991. They own all of their vines which are solely on classified Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites, 9.5 hectares located on the hills of six villages in the Great Marne Valley and the Côte des Blancs.



The 'Carte Blanche' is a classy drop, dominated by 75% Pinot Noir, with 20% Chardonnay and a splash of Pinot Meunier. Brought into the UK for the first time by new wine importer, Mayfly Wine Co., run by the fly fishing obsessed Pete Goss (the company name is a nod to this), who has worked at top London merchants including Roberson and Armit. £22 a bottle retail? Get some in. Home drinking....

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