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An unfamiliar terroir…
The Montgueux vineyard, about ten kilometres from Troyes, perches on a hill that reaches 268 metres. Nicknamed the ‘Montrachet of the Champagne region’ the 215-hectare vineyard is planted mainly with Chardonnay and faces mostly south/south-east where it enjoys ideal sun exposure.
Chalky soil with outstanding properties!
The Montgueux subsoils contain limestone that is 90 million years old! Naturally porous, the chalk absorbs excess water but also rehydrates the soil when the weather is dry.
This gives the Chardonnay grapes their specific character, an exceptional fullness and a wide aromatic range.
Montgueux Chardonnay in high demand
This outstanding grape variety produces a very expressive, aromatic wine of generous flavour that has not failed to get itself noticed among leading champagne houses.
The Chardonnay of Montgueux reveals subtle aromas of exotic fruit and citrus fruit, with hints of butter and brioche.
The wines of Montgueux obtained the ‘champagne’ appellation on 24th September 1927, after a long administrative process. Montgueux is the only neighbouring town of Troyes that can produce champagne
Grapevines in the land of the rising sun
In 1878, Masanari Takano and Ryuken Tsuchiya, two Japanese apprentices from Katsunuma, spent 2 years at the famous Clos Sainte-Sophie to learn vine cultivation from Charles Baltet, who ran a nursery in Troyes.
On their return to Japan, they grew Chardonnay grapes at the foot of Mount Fuji from vines they had taken back with them to what is now Japan’s most important vineyard! In Katsunuma, some parcels have been named Clos Sainte-Sophie, Balta (in memory of Charles Baltet) and Montgueux. There is also a ‘Troyes Room’ in the town’s wine museum.
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