Grower Champagne is characterized by wild terroir. Variations in climate, subsoil, and relief of the hills and valleys of Champagne produce fingerprint-unique vines. Each vine grows increasingly complex grapes over decades, often more than 100 years, as plots are inherited.
Fossil-rich soils can lend to spicy notes in the wine, whereas clay-rich soils can lend to a chalky minerality. Minor variations in pitch and relief can lend to sweetness or acidity. When finessed by family traditions passed down through the generations, expressively varied flavors occur.
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