Denis Chaput

Carmin Brut Rosé

Region: France - Champagne

Denis Chaput

It is difficult to say how long there have been vines in the village of Arrentières in the Côte des Bar, but certainly they  were being grown in the 13th century.  In the mid twelfth century, a Templar base was established in Arenthieres. In 1312, under pressure from King Philip IV, Pope Clement V dissolved the Order of the Knights Templar, and inventoried their properties. 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 conflicts and turmoil that inevitably occur in the course of history!

Passionate about the history of Arrentières, the Chaput brothers Nicolas and Xavier, along with their father Denis and mother Jacquline, have preserved the Templar legacy by renovating the last vestiges of a Templar commandery established there between the 12th and 14th centuries. To experience their Champagnes in their tasting cellar and tower is truly to walk through history.

Grapes / Soils

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Carmin – Rosé 100 % Pinot Noir Average age : 25 years in 2010 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vines planted: average in 1985
  • Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils
  • Planting density: 7500 vines/hectare
  • Pruning methods: Cordon de Royat
  • Grass cover in all rows to foster micro-organisms, control yield and limit erosion
  • Soil worked mechanically with vine hoes
  • Harvesting and debudding by hand
Harvest Notes
  •  Plot by plot vinification in small stainless steel, thermo regulated vats
  • Wines undergo malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

Carmin is a shade of red and we find it very poetic. To preserve the red fruits’ aromas of Pinot Noir, we make a blending rosé of 25% red wine of Pinot Noir and 75% white wine of Pinot Noir, which creates a colored rosé.

Raspberry pink color with mauve glints. Bright appearance with fine bubbles that forma beaded cordon at the surface. The subtle nose reveals aromas of stone fruit, cherries, plums and floral notes. A delicate, soft, refined bouquet. On the palate, the attack is juicy and rounded with fruity notes of Morello cherry and a fine, well-integrated acidity. Pleasant finish as the bubbles gradually fade.

Pair with braised veal sweetbreads, fine carrot and turmeric pureé; carmelized duck breast with blood oranges and poppy seeds.

Wine Summary

100% pinot Noir grapes; Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils; 65% from 2010 harvest, 35% reserve wines from 2008; fermented in small stainless steel, thermo regulated vats; malolactic fermentation; 12% alcohol; dosage 8 g/L; TERRA VITUS certified.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • 65% wines from 2013 harvest
  • 35% reserve wines from 2008
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Dosage: 8 g/L
  • Bottled: May 2011
  • Certified TERRA VITUS

General Info

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