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Appellation

Champagne wines only come from the Champagne region.

Strict specifications for production methods.

Limited yield par hectar.

Champagne is 10% of worldwide sparkling wine production

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Climate

Cool temperatures (10°C ).

Limited sun exposure, balanced by hilly topography.

Regular, moderate rainfall.

Brings freshness to the grapes

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Chalky Soil

Geologically exeptional.

A poor substrate in which the vines find their own strength.

Naturally regulates heat and moisture.

Gives Champagne its mineral notes.

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A Champagne and its history ...

Ernest Rapeneau Champagne, produced in Epernay, the capitol of the Champagne region, was founded in 1901 by the head of the family, Ernest Louis Rapeneau. The family-run Champagne House is one of the last of its’ kind, operating on such a large scale, handing down the family expertise more than five generations. The House sources from 420 family grown and managed acres of estate vineyards. Grapes are carefully selected in order to craft the perfect blend. Each champagne emulates heritage of inimitable style created to delight and make those great occasions very special.

In 1979, the death of André Tabourin posed the difficult problem of succession. The House Ernest Rapeneau , founded in 1901, acquired a majority shareholding in GH Martel with the aim of establishing GH Martel & C ° as the spearhead for its activities in Champagne. After fifty years of intense activity, Ernest Rapeneau finally retired from business, leaving the running of the company to two of his sons, François and Bernard.

Nowadays, the new GH Martel & C ° group now extends over a large stock of vineyards planted with Chardonnay and Pinot. The company hasthree traditional pressing centers, 20,000 m2 of cellars and 55,000 hl of vats , some of which are of the most modern stainless steel design with temperature regulation.

 
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Epernay, France

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History Fact:

Our Champagne bottles are stored in the same cellar which protected Jewish people during World War II. Residents of the area also took more active forms of resistance. They hid arms and Allied soldiers in their cellars. Many Jews, took refuge there. It’s a fitting tribute to the people of Champagne, who creatively resisted the occupation in ways both big and small.

The Making Of Louis Morette 

Méthode Champenoise, is the traditional method by which Louis Morette is produced. The wine goes through a vigorous process starting with; primary fermentation following the capping and crowning of the bottles. Next the wine goes through secondary fermentation, aged at a 45-degree angle and riddled.

 

Concluding the process, the bottle necks are frozen, the corks removed, a dosage of sugar is added, bottles recorked and finished. This process has been used for centuries and ensures the highest quality wines with more layers of complexity and fruit than bubbles made through a different process.

Region of epernay- making louis morette

 

The personality of GH Martel & C ° Champagne is based on the know-how of the Rapeneau family , which has been involved in making this white wine for four generations. Cellar-master and oenologist, Christophe, Bernard's younger son, now runs the House, while his older son, Jean-François, is responsible for the sales development of the brand.

The Champagne wine region is a wine region within the historical province of Champagne in the northeast of France. The area is best known for the production of the sparkling white wine that bears the region's name. EU law and the laws of most countries reserve the term "Champagne" exclusively for wines that come from this region located about 160 kilometres (100 miles) east of Paris but there was recently a small region that was once connected to Britain that was also legible to creating champagne.

 

The viticultural boundaries of Champagne are legally defined and split into five wine-producing districts within the historical province: Aube, Côte des Blancs

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The Region of Epernay-Champagne

 

The region's reputation for wine production dates back to the Middle Ages when Pope Urban II ( ruled 1088-1099 AD/CE ), a native Champenois, declared that the wine of Aÿ in the Marne département was the best wine produced in the world. For a time Aÿ was used as a shorthand designation for wines from the entire Champagne region, similar to the use of Beaune for the wines of Burgundy.[8]

The poet Henry d'Andeli's work La Bataille des Vins rated wines from the towns of Épernay, Hautvillers and Reims as some of the best in Europe. As the region's reputation grew, popes and royalty sought to own pieces of the land with Pope

Leo X, Francis I of France, Charles V of Spain, and Henry VIII of England all owning vineyard land in the region. A batch of wine from Aÿ received in 1518 by Henry VIII's chancellor, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, is the first recorded export of wine from the Champagne region to England.

 

The still wines of the area were highly prized in Paris under the designation of vins de la rivière and vins de la montagne- wines of the river and wines of the mountain in reference to the wooded terrain and the river Marne which carried the wines down to the Seine and into Paris.

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