Chapoutier now making Champagne!


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Chapoutier launches Champagne with Devaux

Renowned Rhone-based winemaker Michel Chapoutier has unveiled his first Champagne, which has been made in partnership with Devaux.

The new fizz is a vintage Champagne made solely with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and has been called Sténopé, from the French word for a pinhole camera, in reference to the fact that the Champagne aims to create a photographic image of a terroir every year. . . .

The pair of producers plan to release a vintage every year, which will “faithfully capture the image of the vintage”, according to Chapoutier – “rather than simply the expression of terroir in a declared vintage”.

As previously reported by the drinks business, Chapoutier bought half a hectare of 35 year-old Pinot Noir vines in the village of Les Riceys in the Côte des Bar with Champagne Devaux back in 2008, and decided to focus on wines aged in casks made from oak from the Champagne region.