Mathilde Savoye grew up in a family of Champagne growers, immersed in viticulture and winemaking her whole life, it seemed inevitable that she would one day become a winegrower. However her father was reluctant for Mathilde to take over the family’s domaine, feeling that it was ‘not suitable work for a woman’ and he had ‘concerns about the daily physical effort’.
Mathilde has proven her doubters very wrong with her remarkable talent and determination. She set up her own Champagne operation from scratch in 2017 after completing her studies and has 3.5 hectares of vines in the Marne Valley region where she makes wines from 100% Pinot Meuiner.
By breaking away from the family domaine, Mathidle was also able to take a completely different approach to viticulture and has been working without chemicals in the vineyard since day one with an emphasis on biodiversity and sustainability. Mathild is certified HVE (High Environmental Value) and VDC (Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne). When we first tasted Mathilde’s 100% Meunier Champagne, we were amazed by the intensity and drive of her wines, they have lots of texture.
The Marne Valley is where Pinot Meunier thrives thanks to its ability to dodge the spring frosts in the area better than other grapes. Here you can find a wide range of soils such as clay, marls, silt, chalk and limestone. Meunier has been a previously overlooked variety in Champagne but in recent years, superstar growers such as Jérôme Prévost, Emmanuel Brochet, Chavost and Dehours, have shown this variety can produce some of the most exciting and celebrated wines in Champagne.