Currently the third most-planted variety in region, behind Meunier and Pinot Noir, Descôtes said at a lunch in London last week that Chardonnay would overtake Meunier in the near future, such is the growth in plantings of this white grape.

Although Champagne’s 34,000 hectares are fully planted, Descôtes said that growers who choose to replace vineyards are opting to replant them with Chardonnay, both because it is increasingly popular with consumers, but also due to the fact it provides more regular yields… Read More