Grower Website Denis Chaput Region: France - Champagne

It is difficult to say how long there have been vines in Arrentières. However, we can be sure that vines were being grown by the 13th century. Let us search the annals of history…   In the mid-twelfth century, a Templar base was established in Arenthieres. In 1312, under pressure from the King of France (Philip IV, known as Philip the Fair), Pope Clement V dissolved the Order of the Knights Templar. As a result, an inventory of their property and possessions was drawn up. This states that the Templars owned vines in Arrentières which “produce 35 muids in a good year” (a muid is a large barrel).   Since that time, wine has always been produced… subject of course to the various conflicts and turmoil that inevitably occur in the course of history !

Country France
Region Champagne
Appellation(s) Côte des Bar
Proprietors Xavier and Nicolas Chaput
Founded 1930
Winemaker Nicolas Chaput
Annual Production 1800 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable – Terra Vitus certified

After history and geology, it’s time for geography!   Our vineyard is located just next door to our winery. This is ideal, since the grapes do not have to be transported very far, and arrive freshly cut at the press!   We have 26 plots, each of which is different. The hillsides face South-East to West, with the steepness of the slopes ranging from 5 to 20%; the soil varies in its proportion of pebbles, its depth, and its richness in clay. Basically, each plot has its own character and produces correspondingly different wines.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Total superficy 29.7 acres / 12 ha
Mésogée 75 % Pinot Noir / 25 % Chardonnay Average age : 27 years in 2013 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk
Promesse de l’Aube – Blanc de Blancs 100 % Chardonnay Average age : 23 years in 2013 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk
Noir de Jade – Blanc de Noirs 100 % Pinot Noir Average age : 21 years in 2011 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk
L’Ombre d’Armand – cuvée Réserve 75 % Pinot Noir / 25 % Chardonnay Average age : 24 years in 2008 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk
Carmin – Rosé 100 % Pinot Noir Average age : 25 years in 2010 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk