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Côte des Bar

Pleasure Wine: Champagne Côte des Bar

 

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The Côte de Bar is located in Champagne. Its name comes from the Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube regions (the name "bar" actually meant "summit" in the old Celtic language). Its vineyard stretches over 63 communes and its length is 60 km for a width of 10 km. The total surface of this micro-region is 8,000 hectares. 87% of the production comes from Pinot Meunier grapes, 7% from Chardonnay and 5% from Pinot Noir.

The Côte des Bar is responsible for ¼ of the total output of champagnes. To achieve this, more than 2,000 winemakers are working day and night on the many hills located around Bar-sur-Seine and Bar-sur-Aube. As for the vineyard itself, it's planted in clay and limestone soils (reminiscent of what you often find in Burgundy) and benefits from a north-east / south-west sun exposure.

The grapevines grow on very steep hills, which can sometimes cause a loss of fruits during the year (around 14% on average). The usual output is 65 hectoliters per hectare of vineyard. The Côte de Bar is also known for its Rosé des Riceys. With the Côte de Sézanne, the Côte de Bar is one of the rare wine regions that can produce this famous French rosé wine, which has a very unique taste.

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