Denis Chaput

Promesse de l’Aube Blanc de Blancs 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
Promesse de l’Aube – Blanc de Blancs 100 % Chardonnay Average age : 23 years in 2013 Kimmeridgien clay-chalk

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Vines planted: 1990 on average
  • Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils
  • Planting density: 7500 vines/hectare
  • Pruning methods: Chablis
  • 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, temperature controlled vats
  • Wines undergo malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

The name means “the promise of dawn,” and “Aube” as all the Chardonnay parcels face East toward the sunny morning – and the name of the county. Historically Pinot Noir is the variety of the Côte des Bar. But “Promise” is to show how a pure Chardonnay expression can delight.

Pale golden yellow color with green-yellow glints. Satin appearance, fine bubbles with a persistent cordon. Aromas of hawthorn flowers, lemon cream, brioche, grey pepper, creamy limestone, and candied lemon zest.   On the palate, the attack is supple and fresh, with a soft, creamy effervescence. Luscious, crisp fruit is underscored by a fresh, delicate, lemony acidity, with a limestone minerality that lengthens the palate. Overall, this is a balanced, concentrated champagne, with a light, lemony finish, and a lovely, vibrant acidity.

Pair with pan-fried scallops with a limoncello reduction and saffron foam; sliced boiled ham with lemon-thyme vegetable broth.

Wine Summary

100% Chardonnay grapes; Kimmeridgian clay-chalk soils; average vine age 23 years in 2013; 100% from 2013 harvest; fermented in small stainless steel, temperature controlled vats; full malolactic fermentation; 12% alcohol; dosage 7.5 g/L; bottled in 2014; certified Terra Vitus.

Technical Information
  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Entirely made of wines from 2013 harvest
  • 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