MONTAGNE DE REIMS
The Montagne de Reims refers to the horse-shoe shaped hill that runs north to south between the city of Reims and Epernay and is renowned for being the best place to grow Pinot Noir in Champagne. It covers a vast expanse and counts nine Grands Crus villages.
In particular, Ambonnay and Bouzy are south east facing terroirs and thus make wines that are more opulent than those of Verzenay, which is on the other side of the mountain home to vines that face northeast and are higher in altitude.
Frosts are frequent here making is suitable to the adaptability of the Pinot Noir grape.
This varies by village, some are limestone-rich marls whilst others are chalk.
Varied since the ‘Montagne’ - mountain is asymmetrical, one side is steep and the other side gentle.