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Champagne from France
In Champagne, tradition dictates that wines from several years are blended. During the blending, the producer creates the harmony which corresponds to his vision of Champagne thanks to the diversity of the wines he has diversity of vintages, grape varieties but also of years. Champagne houses are at the origin of the notoriety and prestige of Champagne wines in the world.
Champagne from Gosset
For more than 4 centuries, the Gosset's have done everything in their power to ensure that first of all their wine, and subsequently their champagne, embodies all the knowledge of a line of crafstmen. This knowledge is preserved to this day by a family descended from a long line of charentais winemakers - the Frapins.
Champagne Georges Vesselle
The House of Georges Vesselle has existed since the 16th century on the slopes of Bouzy, one of the best 100% Grand Crus (great growth) on the southern slopes of the "Montagne de Reims", not far from Epernay and the banks of the Marne.
Champagne vineyardThe most northerly vineyards in France, the champagne region covers the departments of the Marne, The Aisne, the Aube, and several villages in the departments of the Haute-Marne and Seine et Marne. The varietals planted are divided between the Pinot Noir (30%), the Chardonnay, used to make "blanc de blancs" (30%), and the Pinot Meunier (40%). The soils are poor ( limestone in the Marne and marl in the Aube) which forces the roots to delve deep into the subsoil, sometimes as far as twenty metres (66 feet).
The vinification methods used to make Champagne are very distinctive. The main stages are - pressing, fermentation, blending, bottle fermentation (prise de mousse), turning the bottles (remuage), disgorging, dosing.
There are many types of Champagne, and these are just some of them:- non vintage brut, special cuvées, vintage, "blanc de blancs" (made exclusively from white, chardonnay grapes), pink champagne, grand cru champagne (made only from grand cru vineyards) and the crémants. The word "champagne" is reserved for sparkling wines. Still wines made in the Champagne area, take the name of "Coteaux Champenois",white (Bouzy, Sillery, Mareuil...) red or rosé (Riceys).