Situated in Fleury la Rivière on the right bank of the river Marne and founded in 1936, Champagne Demière is today run by Jérome Nizio and Audrey Demière. Here Pinot Meunier is allowed to play the first fiddle, and is the most planted variety, followed by Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Soils here are a mix of marls, sands and clay, and the gentle sunny slopes aid in achieving full ripeness. In the cellar, Jérome uses steel tanks, concrete eggs and all sizes of wooden vessels for his vinifications and maturing, including a solera system for the cuvée Solera 23. Malolactic conversion is avoided and the champagnes have a great balance between ripe, tropical fruit and zesty acidity as a result. If you are suffering from the false impression that Pinot Meunier is a grape for early drinking, you really need to try an old bottle of Demière. These champagnes are built to last a lifetime..