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Bergères-lès-Vertus

Bergères-lès-Vertus (postcode 51130), a village of 637 inhabitants (as of 2016), is a small commune in France, in the Champagne Côte des Blancs region. The commune is located on the southern edge of the Côte des Blancs, next to Vertus, about 21 km south of Épernay. Bergères-lès-Vertus carries the status of Champagne classification, as a Premier Cru place. The white grapes are rated 95%, the black ones 90%. The vineyards of the small commune amount to 220 hectares (status 2019) and are, as usual in the Côte des Blancs, primarily planted with Chardonnay. The Chardonnay vine accounts for 214.5 hectares, Pinot Noir is represented with 4.5 hectares, in addition, 1 hectare is planted with the Pinot Meunier grape variety. The vineyards are essentially an extension of the Vertus vineyards. However, the vineyards of Bergères-lès-Vertus are a little lower, at an altitude of between 120 and 160 metres.

The style of the wines from Bergères-lès-Vertus can be described as very extract-rich, fruity and wonderfully balanced. One Champagne winemaker with vineyards in the commune is Champagne Francois Vallois. The winemaking family produces both Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines. Champagne here. The vintner champagnes of Francois Vallois ripen on the yeast for an above-average period of time, they are rich in extract, very fruity, wonderfully balanced and reflect all the characteristics of the terroir. The annual production of the winegrowing family amounts to only 35,000 bottles. Francois Vallois is known for his outstanding vintage champagnes, his Vieille Vigne Champagne, made from grapes from vines dating back to the 1950s, and his deeply fruity Rosé de Saignée.

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