28. sep. 2009

Belles Feuilles

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The plot - lieu-dit - of Belles Feuilles is situated between the communes of Soulieres and Givry-les-Loisy.

This plot covers both sides of a soft slope that faces east and thus it gets a maximum amount of sun from the early morning until sunset.

It is orientated east-west and thus gets a maximum amount of sun from the early morning until the sun sets. The chalk is not far from the surface, which drains the land the way vines like it.

Our part of it is planted with Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay by Alain's grandfather in the late 1960'ies.

Despite their considerable age these vines produce grapes of a very good quality. This vineyard naturally produces just enough branches and leaves for the vines and grapes to grow and still see a maximum of the sun.

The grapes usually reach a deep black colour that make them very suitable for the local red wine for the Rosé d’Assemblage as well as for the Rosé de Saignée champagne which receives its deep colour from the skin of black grapes like those of the Belles Feuilles-plot.

You will find this vineyard just outside the Côtes des Blancs-region in a terroir known as the Val du Petit Morin on the slope - côte - above Vertus in a height of 250 meters above the sea. At its feet the farmed land of a vast plain begins, the Champagne Crayeuse.

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Summer, winter and grapeharvest in the Belles Feuilles-plot.