Discover the appellations of the Marne Valley
The Marne Valley is a world-renowned wine region located in northeastern France, spanning nearly 8,000 hectares (from Tours-sur-Marne to Épernay). Internationally famous for its production of exceptional quality champagnes, the region enjoys a temperate oceanic climate, with cold winters and relatively cool summers. These favorable climatic conditions, combined with moderate rainfall, allow for slow and steady grape ripening, resulting in perfectly balanced acidity and subtle aromas in the champagnes of the Marne Valley.
The Marne Valley is traversed by the Marne River, from which it takes its name. Here, vineyards stretch along 80 kilometers of steep slopes that follow the banks of the river, offering picturesque landscapes and an exceptional terroir cultivated by renowned champagne houses such as Billecart-Salmon and Georges Laval. The soils of the Marne Valley are primarily composed of a blend of clay, limestone, and marl (a balanced mixture of the two rocks), providing a porous soil that's simply ideal for drainage, heat retention, and moisture regulation. These geological conditions are perfect for the cultivation of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier varieties.
The Pinot grape, whether in its Noir or Meunier version, is truly the shining star of the Marne Valley. It's used to produce the famous "blanc de noirs" champagne, which appears white but is actually made using red grape varieties. This type of champagne possesses a power, a richness, and a red fruit character not found in Chardonnay-based champagnes. Each year, the Marne Valley produces approximately 97 hectoliters of wine per hectare of vineyard.
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