Monthly Archives: August 2014

Champagne village profile of Billy-le-Grand, a premier cru village in the Grande Montagne de Reims

Key facts Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims Vineyards and grape varieties: 64.0 hectares (158.1 acres), of which 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. Classification: Premier cru (95%) Noted for: Chardonnay dominance in an otherwise Pinot Noir-dominated area. Maps Google Maps view with the … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile of Vaudemange, a premier cru village in Grande Montagne de Reims

Key facts Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims Vineyards and grape varieties: 46.3 hectares (114.4 acres), of which 63% Chardonnay and 37% Pinot Noir. Classification: Premier cru (95%) Noted for: Chardonnay dominance in an otherwise Pinot Noir-dominated area. Maps Google Maps view … Continue reading

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German World Championship Rieslings

I take a short brake from the village profiles of Champagne to “ease the pressure” of all regular tasting notes that have been collecting dust for a while. Here a tasting on my balcony a sunny evening about a month … Continue reading

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Champagne area profile: Grande Vallée de la Marne

Key facts Located in: Vallée de la Marne Vineyards and grape varieties: 1828.5 ha (4518.3 acres), of which 65.5% Pinot Noir, 18.9% Chardonnay, and 15.5% Pinot Meunier. Villages and classification: 9 villages, of which 1 grand cru (Aÿ) and 8 premier … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Ambonnay in the Grande Montagne de Reims, a grand cru village

Key facts Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims Vineyards and grape varieties: 387.1 hectares (956.5 acres), of which 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay. Classification: Grand cru (100%) Noted for: good Pinot Noir from vineyards from rather high elevations. Map Neighbouring villages West: Bouzy … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Bouzy in the Grande Montagne de Reims, a grand cru village

Key facts Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims Vineyards and grape varieties: 373.8 hectares (923.7 acres), of which 87% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay, and 0.2% Pinot Meunier. Classification: Grand cru (100%) Noted for: good Pinot Noir from south-facing slopes at a rather high altitude. Maps … Continue reading

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Champagne village profile: Aÿ – famous grand cru village and the centre of the Grande Vallée de la Marne

Key facts Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Grande Vallée de la Marne Vineyards and grape varieties: 367.0 hectares (906.9 acres), of which 89% Pinot Noir, 8% Chardonnay, and 3% Pinot Meunier. Classification: Grand cru (100%) Noted for: powerful Pinot Noir from south-facing slopes, one of … Continue reading

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