It all started
Benoit Melendez was born in Paris into a Burgundian family, part of which possesses vines in the Jovinian region to the north of Bourgogne. From his early childhood, he was lulled by the harvest parties and the farmer spirit of his family.
When he became a sales director in a teleconference firm, he kept this wine culture but “as many”, considered champagne as a gadget to be opened a few times a year - for a birthday, a wedding or New Year’s eve. A friend made him change his mind through a day spent (re)discovering Champagne.
After falling in love with the region’s know-how, Benoit was surprised by its commercial absence in Paris. He decided to create what he could not find : he founded L’Extra Brut, cellar and bar of the Village Montholon, in partnership with his friends from “Au 36” located at Hautvillers in the Marne, with whom he blind selects his cuvées.
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