Denis Chaput

Mésogée Tradition Brut NV

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
Mésogée 75 % Pinot Noir / 25 % Chardonnay Average age : 27 years in 2013 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vines planted: on average in 1985
  • Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils
  • Planting density: 7500 vines/hectare
  • Pruning methods: Chablis and 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 vates
  • Use of natural concrete ovid vat
  • Wines undergo malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

Mésogée means “in the middle of the lands,” and was the name of the prehistoric sea located in the Côte des Bar which gave the structure and minerals to the subsoil. This name was chosen because cuvée Tradition is the iconic vintage of the this terrior.

Pale yellow gold color with glints of pale yellow silver. Bright, fine bubbles with a persistent cordon at the surface. The nose has aromas of lemon, honey, blackcurrant, pepper, smoked limestone, star anise, peony, apple, apricot, biscuit, marzipan, and Morello cherry. A supple, fresh attack on the palate with a soft, creamy effervescence. Fruity, pulpy and crisp, underscored by a fresh, delicate, grapefruity acidity, with a marly minerality that ensures good substance and lengthens the palate. The fresh, juicy finish ends on a smooth, saline note.

Pair with lightly cooked scallops with a reduced clementine jus, or skate with grapefruit button sauce, roast turnips with caramelized soy sauce.

Wine Summary

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay grapes; Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils; average vine age 28 years in 2013; 70% from 2013 harvest, 30% reserve wines from 2002 – 2013; fermented in stainless steel and concrete ovid vats with full malolactic fermentation; 12% alcohol; dosage 7.5 g/L; bottled in 2014; certified TERRA VITUS.

Technical Information
  • 75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay
  • 70% wines from 2013 harvest
  • 30% reserve wines from 2008 -2012
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Dosage: 7.5 g/L
  • Bottled: July 2014
  • 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