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Cra­mant grand cru, Cham­pagne

Sun­rise over the Cra­mant vine­yards, lo­cated in one of only six grand cru vil­lages in the Côte des Blancs area of Cham­pagne, just south of Eper­nay. These are Chardon­nay vines, planted on the com­mune’s east-fac­ing belem­nite chalk slopes. The soils are up to 10m deep and are made from fos­silised cut­tle­fish, which con­trib­utes min­eral and creamy char­ac­ter­is­tics to the fi­nal wine. The vine­yards pic­tured cover 351ha and are owned by Cham­pagne house Lau­rent-Per­rier. It blends Chardon­nay from Cra­mant with grapes from other grands crus and dif­fer­ent vin­tages to make its ex­cep­tional Grand Siè­cle Cham­pagne.

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