Ambonnay (postcode 51150) is a small commune in France, in the Champagne Region Montagne de Rheims, with 976 inhabitants (as of 2016). Ambonnay is located about 15 km east of Épernay. According to the traditions, the name of the village is said to go back to a Roman officer Amboniacus, at the time when Emperor Probus (Marcus Aurelius Probus) had given the order to develop the vineyards of Gaul and cultivate them with new vines. Ambonnay is a picturesque village, with narrow streets, which has managed to preserve its charm.
The commune is one of the 17 places that hold the status of the Champagne classification, as a Grand Cru place. With 384 hectares (as of 2019) of vineyards, Ambonnay holds the second largest acreage, behind Verzenay, among the communes with full Grand Cru status. In the vineyards, about 312 hectares are devoted to Pinot Noir vines and 72 hectares to Chardonnay.
Except for an isolated site, southwest of the village, the vineyards of Ambonnay are found primarily north to northwest of the commune. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of between 120 and 180 metres. The northernmost vineyards border the Bouzy vineyards at an altitude of between 200 and 220 metres. Although the Ambonnay vineyards are an extension of the Bouzy vineyards, there are clear differences.
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While the Ambonnay vineyards are primarily south-east to east-facing, the Bouzy vineyards are on south-facing slopes. This affects the style of the wines. Ambonnay grapes produce wines with a distinctive note, full and rich, with bite, similar to that of Bouzy but with a more floral note. Since the early 18th century, Ambonnay has been known and famous for its red still wines, although the neighbouring wines from Bouzy are now more appreciated.