Denis Chaput

Noir de Jade Blanc de Noirs Extra 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
Noir de Jade – Blanc de Noirs 100 % Pinot Noir Average age : 21 years in 2011 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vines planted: 1990 on average
  • 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
  • No malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

“Jade” is the contraction of Xavier and Nicolas’ parents’ first names: Jaqueline and Denis; it’s also a precious stone.

Pale golden yellow colour with silvery grey glints.  Fine bubbles with a very persistent cordon. Satiny appearance. The nose is full of smoked limestone (marl), iodine sea spray, blackcurrant, grapefruit, licorice, blackberry, pomegranate and elderberries. On the palate, the attack is clean and fresh, with a soft, creamy effervescence. Fruity, crisp and full-bodied substance, underscored by a grapefruity acidity. The mid-palate develops a marly minerality that brings structure and a broad texture with a hint of salinity. The champagne’s intensity heightens the impact of the tannins, giving tremendous concentration and a cool, stony, juicy finish.

Pair with stir-fried lobster and baby spring vegetables deglazed with champagne; Pata Negra Bellota ham.

Wine Summary

100% Pinot Noir grapes; Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils; vines planted in 1990 on average; 75% from 2011 harvest, 25% reserve wines from 2008 – 2010; fermented in small stainless steel vats; no malolactic fermentation; 12% alcohol; dosage 5 g/L; bottled in 2012; certified TERRA VITUS.

Technical Information
  • 100% Pinot Noir
  • 75% wines from 2011
  • 25% reserve wines from 2008 to 2010
  • Alcohol: 12%
  • Dosage: 5 g/L
  • Bottled: September 2012
  • 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