Benjamin Benoit 

Cellier Saint Benoit

Part of our Ethos in TWC is bringing the best producers, winemakers, and wines to you and a big part of that is trying to do so before the newer generations are “discovered”. We are thrilled to start Thatcher’s Imports with a winemaker, who has been followed by exporters, importers, and other winemakers for a bit of time, everyone waiting to see what would happen when he starts to make his own wine.  

Benjamin Benoit, at age 25, has as of 2020, taken over his family domaine Pupillin. This happened a bit quicker than anticipated due to his fathers passing in 2019. Thankfully, Benjamin had been working under some of our favorite winemakers in Burgundy, which when tasting his wines, clearly set him up for a large amount of success. Charles Lachaux, Nicolas Faure, and Amélie Berthaut- how much have we spoken about the three of them in the past few years? Alot, which only made it natural for Benjamin to be our first official import. 


When Speaking with Benjamin a few things really stood out.

Firstly, he isn’t trying to make Nicolas’ gamay or Amelies’ Fixin, he is trying to make incredible wine from his vineyards in Pupillin. Within these vineyards, he has gone ahead and pretty much revamped 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 the process of moving his viticulture to more sustainable and organic, healthy farming. With only two vintages under his belt, and having quickly taken over a whole Domaine it is going to take some time for Benjamin to be able to invest in fully transitioning the vineyards, but little by little this is his goal. Most of the vineyards are already treated by hand without the use of tractors, hedging, and if done at all-is done by hand. Plowing is very limited, trying to do everything he can to limit the soil compaction to support microbial life in the vineyards. He has transitioned from curved guyot to keeping his canes flat and straight to give more space between the canopy in order to curve disease pressure. He works all of his vineyards by hand and makes his own fertilizers. Trimming is done very late in July. Each plot has 1.3m between rows and is 7000 vines/ha, except Viandris 1938, which is at 1m and plowed by horse. His vineyards look beautiful already, 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 the winery. A new one is under way and will hopefully bring all 6ha to us in bottle by 2022.

 

P L O U S S A R D 

The Vineyard & Wine Making

 

 F E R M E N T A T I O N 

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

A G I N G 

80% 6 months in tank 
20% used barrel 
Unfined & Unfiltered
Sulfur additions after malo and at bottling were modest

T H E   W I N E S  

2019 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Ploussard La Ronde

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

BEDROCK Grey marl from the middle Liassic

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

VINE AGE Planted in 1961

957 bottles produced

2019 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Ploussard Viandris

THE VINEYARD North on the appellation border or Pupillin,lies above La Ronde, has springs running throughout The vineyard, moderately steep 

BEDROCK Grey marl from the middle Liassic

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

VINE AGE Planted 1937

584 bottles produced 

2019 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 of which are eroded from the calcaire a gryphées 

VITICULTURE Traditionally, Ploussard and Trousseau were co-planted here. Due to frost, the 2019 has a solid amount of trousseau

VINE AGE Planted in 1976

1517 bottles produced 

 

                                                                                                         

                                La Rouge Parcel 

Le Rouge Vineyard

2019 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

382 bottles produced 

     

La Ronde Parcel

 Le Rouge Parcel




      P I N O T  N O I R  &  T R O U S S E A U           

The Vineyard & Wine Making 

F E R M E N T A T I O N

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

A G I N G

6 months in tank
2 months in barrel 
Unfined & Unfiltered
Sulfur additions after malo and  at bottling were modest

T H E   W I N E S                                             

                                                                                                   

      Courbes Raies Parcel

 Courbes Raies Vineyard

 

2019 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 of grey marl 

SOIL Light clay and sand with good drainage 

VITICULTURE- worked by hand to avoid soil compaction 

VINE AGE Planted in 1957/1984

2403 bottles produces

2019 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Trousseau Gryphées

THE VINEYARD Lieux dit Fonteneille (biotype of trousseau-aldame) Flat plateau at the top of the steep slope Côte de Feule and Grapiot

BEDROCK Triassic Limestone, containing gryphaea  

SOIL Light clay and silt that is quite water retentive.

VINE AGE Planted in 1957

1633 bottles produces 

  

C H A R D O N N A Y

The Vineyard & Wine Making 

 

F E R M E N T A T I O N

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 

A G I N G

10-11 months in used 600L, 228L, and 100L barrels 
Sulfur additions after malo and at bottling were modest
No sulfur  **Viandris Cuvée 1938.

 


2019 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

2863 bottles produced

2019 Cellier Saint Benoit Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay Viandris Cuvée 1938

THE VINEYARD North on the appellation border of Pupillin, biotype chardonnay Melon a Queue Rouge. has Springs running throughout 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

2863 bottles produced

 

La Marcette Parcel

 La Marcette Vineyard                                                                   

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