Champagne Chevreux Bournazel - La Parcelle
Probably the smallest vineyard of the region, a little one but a splendid producer!
This tiny plot is situated on a demanding 45 degree slope with an optimal southern orientation. The winegrowers Stéphanie Chevreux and Julien Bournazel passionately produce only four barrels of champagne from Pinot Meunier and a few bottles of Ratafia. From the vineyard to the bottle, everything is biodynamic.
La Capella is a small, steep vineyard planted predominantly to Pinot Meunier. The vines are dense, at 5000-6000 feet per hectare, with small amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris interplanted throughout. Deep layers of clay cover chalky subsoils at the bottom portion of the slope, while silex, marne and limestone dominate the upper slope, where you can find just 10cm of topsoil in some sections.
The vineyard is situated in a small meander that gets some of the most intense and direct winds within the valley, likely contributing to the natural salinity, yellow citrus and wild herbs, supported by a substantially vivacious and linear palate.