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.
JEAN PLENER FILS
Average age of 35 years, 18 plots scattered across Bouzy, chalk soil with a sunny disposition, renowned for Pinot Noir
Year upon year, the blend is always made up of
64% Pinot Noir 36% Chardonnay
One blend, the best blend, the Plener blend
- The 'Raison d'Etre of Jean Plener Fils
Maud, aged 37 is the 7th generation of winegrower in the Plener family. She explains that each plot is like a member of the family - with their own personality deserved of the best care and attention. Maud’s philosophy is to ensure that each bottle is the best bottle.
The Plener family take great pride in producing their Champagne to the highest of standards, which seek to preserve the terroir, manage water responsibly and reduce energy dependency.
Maud has charismatically injected a fourth sense into Champagne, she pays close attention to the appearance, the nose, the taste and the sound of the Plener blend! Maud loves to listen to the sound of the bubbles in the glass, which play a tune back to her.
She personally handles and envisages the future of each bottle - who will drink it, when and where.