Peter Liem: Chardonnay Terroirs in Champagne
Peter Liem

Champagne’s terroir is amply varied, often based on a bedrock of Cretaceous chalk yet heavily influenced by younger soil strata, and Chardonnay offers a particularly transparent lens through which to examine the region’s diversity of expression. The Côte des Blancs offers an inimitable grace and textural finesse, yet the vivid structure and complex flavors of Montagne de Reims and Grande Vallée Chardonnay are also compelling, as is the generosity of the Vallée de la Marne’s clay-rich soils. Montgueux and Sézanne have their own distinctive chalk characters, while the Aube’s Côte des Bar isn’t on chalk at all, but Kimmeridgian marl. This collection of blanc de blancs showcases the region’s best Chardonnay terroirs.

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