Vineyard Champagne Les Grappes


Champagne winegrower

The Champagne AOC

Champagne is an 'Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée', which is particularly well regulated. From the terroir to the grape variety (Pinot Noir, Meunier, and Chardonnay) and the winemaking method, making champagne is highly regulated!

The vineyards of Champagne extend over several departments (Aisne, Marne and Aube) and you are warmly invited to take a walk there, from the Montagne de Reims to the Côtes des Blancs, for an exciting wine route!

At Les Grappes, we will introduce you to the champagnes of harvesting winegrowers producing real nuggets that have nothing to envy to the more famous Champagne Houses.

Champagne vineyard


Most champagnes are non vintage, it means that they are made from a blend of grapes from several years. Conversely, a vintage champagne is the expression of a particularly good year, and they age better.

A distinction is made between grand cru and premier cru champagne.

The dosage is a crucial step in the making of champagne, it is the addition of the dosage liqueur which will transform the champagne into an extra-brut, brut, extra dry, dry, semi-dry or sweet champagne, depending on the quantity of this liqueur added.

On Les Grappes, you can also find organic champagnes.


Buying champagne is more complicated than it sounds. Many customers make the mistake of being tempted by the names of certain brands or by an attractive container and label. Instead, know how to decipher the information on the labels to make a successful champagne purchase.

Know the grape varieties when buying champagne

Wines deserving the champagne appellation are made from well-defined grape varieties. These include :

  • Pinot noir from the black grape. It is distinguished by its peppery flavour and its red fruit smell. This grape variety gives a particular structure and power to the drink.
  • Pinot meunier, also made from black grapes. Its aromas are quite similar to those of pinot noir. This grape variety is distinguished by the suppleness and greediness of the resulting champagne.
  • Chardonnay obtained from white grapes. Delicate, this champagne surprises in particular with notes of citrus fruits, hazelnut and white flowers.

On the market, you will also find the "blanc de blancs", a champagne made from a blend of white Chardonnay grapes. As for the "blanc de noirs", it is produced from a blend of red grape varieties (pinot noir and sometimes pinot meunier). Finally, rosé champagne is made from a blend of white and red wines.

Determining the sugar content when buying champagne

The dosage or sugar content is an important criterion when buying champagne. It depends on the amount of reserve wine and cane sugar added to the drink. So remember to choose your champagne according to the dosage that suits you best.

On the champagne market you will find

  • Zero-dose" champagnes, i.e. to which no sugar has been added.
  • Extra-brut" champagnes with a sugar content of less than or equal to 6 g/l.
  • Raw" champagnes with a sugar content of less than 12 g/l.
  • Extra dry" champagnes with a sugar content of 12 to 17 g/l.
  • Dry" champagnes with a sugar content of 17 to 32 g/l.
  • Sweet" champagnes with a sugar content of 50 g/l or more.

If you want to enjoy your champagne in all its liveliness, opt for a drink without dosage or with a reduced sugar content.

Knowing the vintages when buying champagne

When you buy champagne, you will have the choice between :

  • The brut sans année (BSA) is a blend of champagnes from different grape varieties, produced over the years and in different regions.
  • Vintage champagne. It is obtained from grape varieties of the same year that have aged in the cellar for 3 years or more. Its taste therefore differs according to the vintage.
  • The champagne grand cru. It is produced by communes that are 100% classified and have the best terroirs.
  • Champagne premier cru. It comes from communes classified between 90 and 99%.

Finding the right sellers for your champagne purchase

To make a successful champagne purchase, get your champagne directly from the producer. You will then be able to discover everything about the production process. It should be noted that some winegrowers do not sell their products on their property. You will therefore need to find out beforehand. In any case, our platform puts you in direct contact with the winegrowers who harvest the grapes, and you can also visit some wine shops. You will discover interesting selections of champagnes and other wines. This is particularly the case for independent sellers who make a point of offering new ranges of drinks.