Champagne- the term is nearly ubiquitous for sparkling, but within the Champagne region, there is an AOP designation called “Côteaux Champenois” that allows for STILL WINE. What?????
It’s true. This designation allows for red, white and rosé wines, although admittedly, all are rare birds. Most of the production area is in or around the Marne Valley and all the usual suspects in terms of grapes are allowed, as well as a few weirdo accessory varieties. Of course we have one here (we actually may have two).
In a way, it’s sort of like retail suicide to be selling such a strange quirk. Statistics for production of Côteaux Champenois were difficult to find: in 1980 there were only 169 HL of the stuff produced (less than 2000 cases).
Gônet-Médeville makes an incredible Côteaux Champenois from 97 year old Pinot Noir vines planted on some of the steepest slopes in the village of Ambonnay.
Are you amongst the curious?
2009 Gonet-Médeville Ambonnay Côteaux Champenois “Cuvée Athénaïs” $73.99/ BTL.