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Ancestor of champagne

The Coteaux Champenois has been an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) since 1974. Behind this appellation hides all the "still" wines produced in Champagne. Most often these are red wines, but there are also white or rosé wines.

These wines were produced in Champagne from the Middle Ages long before sparkling wines. Henri IV was a great lover of it and during the 17th century these wines became more and more attractive in the royal courts in France and England.

During the XVIII ° century, the tastes and the techniques of vinification evolve. Winemakers produce better quality sparkling wines that gain national and international fame and replace still wine in the hearts of wine lovers.

Today the production of still wines is still present but more confidential. For lovers of Coteaux Champenois and still wines, there are on the champagne road, some essential addresses such as Egly-Ouriet in Ambonnay, or Dehours in Cerseuil.

A still wine in an effervescent world

Coteaux Champenois is made from the same grape varieties as Champagne : pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay.

The vineyard is spread over several areas : Ambonnay, Aÿ, Bouzy, Cumières, Mailly ; Oeuilly, les Riceys, Sillery et Verzy.

The most famous of the Champenois slopes is the bouzy rouge with a bouquet of cherry and morello cherry. The Bouzy vineyard covers 380 hectares, mainly planted with Pinot Noirs and benefits from a perfect combination of climate (wet and cool), soil (limestone and chalky) and exposure.

The finesse of this wine comes from the subtle marriage of humidity and chalky soil, and the slow maturation of the grapes which results from it. The Coteaux Champenois is then aged for two years in oak barrels.

The rarest is that produced by the Bollinger house on a plot of less than one hectare located in Aÿ. This steeply sloping plot, called the "children's coast", takes its name from the fact that, in the past, only children could work there thanks to their small size. The house maintains this vineyard in an artisanal way and uses a Burgundian method of vinification.

Dual-use production

The red wines produced in this way are, for the best, bottled (around 100,000 bottles of still wines are produced in the appellation each year) or used in the production of rosé champagne during blending.

    Drappier Coteaux Rouge Non vintage Bottle 75cl Nu

    Drappier Coteaux Rouge Bottle 75cl

    « An elegant, round and expressive red wine from the Champagne area »

    Permanently out of stock
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    Roger Coulon Les Coteaux de Vallier Non vintage Bottle 75cl Nu

    Roger Coulon Les Coteaux de Vallier Bottle 75cl

    94 / 100 Guide Parker
    4.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
    Permanently out of stock
      Philipponnat Coteaux Champenois Mareuil Rouge 2015 2015 Bottle 75cl Nu

      Philipponnat Coteaux Champenois Mareuil Rouge 2015 Bottle 75cl

      « A remarkable red wine of finesse to accompany a fine gastronomy »

      3.00 / 5 Customer reviews (1)
      39,95 £GBeach
      In stock
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      Christophe Lefèvre Coteaux Rouge Azy 2016 2016 Bottle 75cl Nu

      Christophe Lefèvre Coteaux Rouge Azy 2016 Bottle 75cl

      « A light and elegant red wine made from Pinot Noir vinified in oak barrels »

      40,95 £GBeach
      In stock