Montagne de Reims

Despite its name, this region does not include a mountain, but rather a large, thickly forested plateau rising only about 280m above sea level. The vines are planted on its flanks, forming a horseshoe shape open to the west, although the vineyards extend beyond the plateau to both the north and the west. The cooler micro climate and higher gradient of the slopes limits the sun exposure, slowing the ripening and therefore producing lower yields.

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Champagnes from Montagne de Reims have a softer flavour profile as a result of being grown in earth where the characteristic chalk of the Champagne region is buried below a layer of topsoil. Eventually on their journey the vine roots find the chalk but part of their profile comes from exposure to the varied combinations of the topsoil, clay, sand and silt as they work their way down.