The Moutard family’s Champagne vineyard
The Côte des Bar terroir
Côte des Bar is characterised by an oceanic/continental climate and soil animated by a Kimmeridgian band. It is made up of a succession of marls and clay limestone aged from 152 to 157 million years old, renowned for their extensive marine fossils and Exogyra Virgula fossilised oysters.
This characteristic offers wines with greater roundness, character and complexity than other Champagnes.
The Moutard family’s vineyard
The Moutard family’s vineyard covers 23 hectares and is organised as follows:
- Pinot noir – 13.91 ha
- Chardonnay – 5.72 ha
- Petit Meslier – 1.11 ha
- Arbane Jeunes Vignes – 1.18 ha
- Arbane Vieilles Vignes – 0.10 ha
- Pinot Blanc – 0.55 ha
- Pinot Meunier – 0.57 ha
The Arbane , Pinot Blanc and Petit Meslier varieties are real specialities of the Moutard family. They have nearly disappeared from the Champagne vineyard.
The family endeavours to preserve these typical varieties, which provide great finesse to the blend, notably Arbane for the delicate bubbles which it can provide.