The Marguet family has an old and colorful history in Champagne, producing champagne as long ago as 1850. In 1883 Émile Marguet was one of the first growers to graft his vines onto American rootstocks in an effort to protect his vineyards from the impending scourge of phylloxera. Sadly he was ridiculed and condemned by his peers in Champagne and was eventually forced to pull the vines back out. It turned out that he was right, as phylloxera reached Champagne in 1890, just a little too late to save the fortunes of Marguet. Bankrupt, Émile sold his vineyards to Champagne Henriot.
Today, Benoît Marguet represents the fifth generation of winemakers in his family. The vineyards are certified biodynamic, and he has been tilling them with horses since 2010. Benoît farms a total of 10 hectares of vines, 8.5 of which are owned by him and his parents the remaining 1.5 hectares are leased plots from his other family members. The majority of the plots are located in Ambonnay, two hectares are in Bouzy.
The 2018 Shaman is a blend of 68% Chardonnay and 32% Pinot Noir with zero dosage.