From the Côte des Blancs, Dilettantes proposes the following champagnes:
The terroirs of Champagne: the Côte des Blancs
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The Côte des Blancs is the terroir located to the south of Epernay extending over some 15 kilometers with south, south-east exposure.
The growing region sits atop chalky soil. This soil, typical of the Champagne region, is composed of granules of calcite, the remnants of marine skeletons called coccoliths, as well as belemnite fossils, mollusks from the Mesozoic era. The complexity of the region's soil is owed to these successive layers of sediments.
This chalk retains ground water, creating a veritable reservoir which can contain up to 400 liters of water per square meter. This allows vines to stay hydrated throughout hot dry summer months creating a perfect environment for chardonnay. A lovely varietal of white skin and pulp, the color of the grape is what gives the region its name, as it accounts for 90% of production. We also call the Champagne, made with 100% chardonnay grapes, "Blanc de Blancs".
In the bottle, chardonnay creates delicacy, finesse and elegance. It also provides the necessary acidity to balance a Champagne. However, each terroir in the region is distinctive accentuating different characteristics in this varietal and creating a broad diversity of notes. The Cézannais, the southern continuation of the Côte des Blancs, is also made up of predominately chalky soil with the majority of their production being chardonnay.