Terroir and Vineyards of Champagne: Bouzy, Grand Cru Vineyards
Bouzy Grand Cru Vineyards
Some plots of our vineyards have been tendered by the Paillard family for nearly 250 years.
Today, the Pierre Paillard vineyards are spread over 11 hectares (28 acres) on the prestigious Bouzy terroir.
They are composed of 30 Grand Cru plots, averaging 30 years of age, 60% with Pinot Noir and 40% with Chardonnay, depending on the soil and the exposure to the sun.
Bouzy: a unique terroir, thanks to its soils and its exposure to the sun.
The geographical and geological diversity of the Pierre Paillard vineyards represents a great wealth: top or bottom of slopes, various exposures, thickness of the soils, age of the vines.
"La Croix", old vines (60 years) planted with Pinot Noir at the top of the slopes, produces low yields and brings power and fruit.
"Les Motellettes", mother plot of our own vineyards, expresses the quintessence of Chardonnay .It has an astonishing ageing capacity. After five or even ten years, the wines acquire an extraordinary smoothness, creaminess and fullness while conserving one of the prime qualities of Chardonnay: its freshness.
This diversity is complementary! Each plot has its own identity. It is fascinating for us to follow them up and to express the very best of their potential.
Bouzy: a sought-after terroir.
The terroir of Bouzy is very much in demand in the elaboration of the greatest cuvées for its propensity to yield grapes with a potential for maturity, rich aromas and flavours.
These deep soils, laid over secondary and tertiary chalky sub-soils, highlight the minerality of the soil and the own properties of the grape variety.
Bouzy: Grand Cru listed
Champagne, like Bordeaux or Burgundy, has its own hierarchy of "crus". The vine-growers and wine traders first came to an agreement in 1919 and released a classification of villages, also called "crus". In order to do this, Champagne professionals rigorously assessed and compared the quality of the grapes and wines from each village.The aim was to calculate the grape price (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) from each cru.
In 1935, the ranking was updated and graded from 80 to 100 %, with 17 villages graded at 100 % (called "grands crus"), 34 graded from 90 to 99 % (called "premiers crus") the other crus (about 200), with no specific grading, called "autres crus".
Thanks to this, the terroir of Bouzy, located on the south side of the Montagne de Reims marked Champagne history by being a listed « Grand Cru » as early as 1919. We are fully aware of this heritage, of this crowning for the King of wines!
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