In the Champagne region of France, your search for lightness and delicacy will inevitably lead you to the Côte de Blancs. Located in the department of Marne, this area streches for about 8000 acres or 12 miles with east facing slopes that are almost exclusively planted with the grapes that gave the region its name: Chardonnay. Of six villages that have been given Grand Cur status, only four are actually located on the Cote des Blancs, and in one of these, Oger, you will find the Chapuy estate.
The history of the house began in 1952 when the then mayor of Oger, Serge Chapuy started bottling Champagne under his own name.
His son Arnold took over the reigns in 1981 and today daughters Elodie and Aurore are in charge, with the younger one, Aurore, working the vines and cellar.
The stile of the house if fresh and mineral driven. Elegance and freshness is achieved by blending wines that underwent malolactic fermentation with wine that has not.
Chapuy usually bottles in March to then keep the bottles in their cellar for a minimum of 18 months before disgorging the non-vintage champagnes.
At the time of this writing in 2012, farming practices at the Chapuy estate are guided by sustainable standards similar those those of Terra Vitis and are focused and refined with every new vintage, but no certification has been obtained thus far.
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