From four distinctive vineyards in Champagne's Marne Valley, vigneron Christophe Baron is initiating a production process he calls ''Champagne de terroir''. Baron asked Claude and Lydia Bourguignon, world-renowned soil scientists, to study these parcels on the hillsides of Charly-sur-Marne, Crouttes-sur-Marne and Porteron. They found great variability covering all the geological stages found in the Marne Valley. Claude and Lydia declared, “It is a palette and mosaic of soils uniquely suited to his unique approach.” Pinot Meunier is the traditional grape variety of the Marne Valley, and is the most adapted to this region to highlight and distinguish its richly diverse terroir. For these reasons, Baron has chosen to grow and vinify only Pinot Meunier. With a philosophy of “single vineyard, single vintage, single grape and no dosage,” Baron aims to create four unique and distinctive Champagnes, from each of his vineyards.
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