The Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs
By Tom Stevenson and Michael Edwards
This Guide was last updated on 14 August 2014
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Address: 11 Rue de l'Ormeau,
Tel: 03 26 80 49 14 Fax: 03 26 80 44 61
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 48:35:56N (48.598834) Longitude: 3:35:49E (3.597035)
Forty kilometres southwest of Epernay, you come to the jolly timeless town of Sézanne, which gives its name to the Chardonnay vineyards of the Sézannais: these are really an extension of the Côte des Blancs, separated only by the marshes of St Gond. The best vineyards lie a further 12km towards the medieval town of Provins, on southeast facing limestone slopes around the commune of Montgenost. Jacques Copinet was a former draughtsman and newcomer when in 1975 he bought a vineyard here. Now he makes the best Champagnes in the village in a rounded supple yet refined style that reflects the richer soils of the locality. Jacques' most typical wine is his Cuvée Marie Etienne Blanc de Blancs, available either as a non-vintage (mature yet apply-fresh) or as a single vintage from old vines that give a medley of intense crunchy fruit, lively minerality and beguiling toastiness. Now available in the USA and UK, thanks to the prospecting of Anne-Laure, Jacques' daughter. Very good value for money.
Useful information: Visits by appointment Monday - Friday 09.00–11.30 and 14.00-17.00. Some English spoken.
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