Location of the Champagne Region within Europe :
If doesn't come from Champagne (the region) it is not Champagne (the wine). Champagne and our Champagne House is located at the heart of Europe in the most visited country in the world, France. The Champagne-Ardenne Country is situated in the North-East quarter of France. Don't chill out, it is not that cold.
Our village is situated on the 49th North Parallel, 136 km North-East of Paris, 36 km South-West of Reims, 27 km North-West of Châlons-en-Champagne. This village is part of the Marne administrative department. Epernay, a town of 27 000 inhabitants, known as the Champagne Capital, is only five kilometers away East of Chouilly.
Chouilly is the first wine-producing village at the tip of the 'Côte des Blancs' which stretches over fifteen kilometres South of Epernay and includes 6 Grands Crus villages: Chouilly, Cramant, Oiry, Avize, Mesnil/Oger and Oger.
The delimitation of the Champagne viticultural area is defined by law according to principles that remain in force today. The official delimited viticultural zone represents a 34000 hectare area. Today, the Pinot Noir (37%), Chardonnay (27%) and Meunier (37%) are the three approved Champagne grape varieties and account for virtually all plantings in the Champagne Region. Two black grape varieties with white juice (Pinot Noir and Meunier) and one white grape variety (Chardonnay) giving white juice.
You will find four main regions within the delimited area:
'la Vallée de la Marne & la Grande Vallée de la Marne',
'la Montagne de Reims',
'la Côte des Blancs' and
'la Côte des Bar'.
The kingdom of Pinot Noir, essentially South Exposure – at the crossroads of the Montagne de Reims and the Grande Vallée de la Marne. Grand Cru, classified 100%, is very much appreciated for its potential to make powerful wines with beautiful small red fruits aromas. Henry IV was subdued by the wines of AY.
One of the most sought after Terroir of the Côte des Blancs.
Only Chardonnay grape variety growns here, with its white flowers aromas which will evolve, depending on its age, towards butter notes, brioche, gingerbread and many more subtle aromas.
The hillside top of Chouilly is exposed towards the rising sun. The chalky and limestone subsoil, which is particularly loved by the Chardonnay, is giving a tremendous palette of nuances of aromas and flavours. This is a Grand Cru, classified 100% - only 17 villages in Champagne are concerned with this designation.
Avenay-Val-d'Or is planted with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
It is a 1er Cru of 'La Montagne de Reims'.
The grapes from Avenay-Val-d'Or don't get into the blend of our Grand Cru cuvées but they are giving us, with the grapes from Hautvillers, a great selection for our Rosé Champagne and our special Cuvée des Desserts.
Hautvillers, in the Grande Vallée de la Marne, is very proud of being the birth of Champagne.
Dom Perignon, cellar Master of Hautvillers Abbey, worked tirelessly and successfully to improve the quality and renown of the wines of Champagne. Hautvillers is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful villages in Champagne.
The best grapes are selected from Hautvillers, similarly as Aveanay-Val-d'Or, for our Rosé Champagne and our special Cuvée des Desserts.