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Cramant

Cramant (postcode 51530) is a small commune, with 901 inhabitants (as of 2016), in France, in the northern part of the Champagne Côte des Blancs region. Although considered by size, only a village, Cramant already consisted of 390 inhabitants since 1793. Cramant is located about 7 km southeast of Épernaybetween Cuis in the north and Avize in the south. Cramant carries the status of Champagne classification, as a Grand Cru place. The vineyards of Cramant are located on the southern side around the elevation Butte de Saran, near which the Château de Saran is located. However, the Château is located on the north-eastern side, which belongs to the commune of Chouilly. The cultivated area amounts to 345.4 hectares (as of 2019) and is, except for 0.4 hectares of Pinot Meunier, cultivated entirely with the white wine grape Chardonnay.

The most valuable vineyards are located on the south-eastern slopes of the Butte de Saran, on the border with Chouilly. It is a narrow strip that slopes steeply. The highest parcels belong to the neighbouring commune of Chouilly. To the south of the boundary, the slopes drop low down to a depression cultivated with vines, which provides a natural windbreak. This results in an ideal location for the vineyards. Only the lowest vines cannot maintain the exceptional level. Every year, Cramant, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger compete for the highest quality and noblest grapes of the Côte des Blancs. As outstanding as the Chardonnay from Oger and Avize is, however, it does not come close to the grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Cramant. The bouquet of varietal Chardonnay wines from these two communes is incomparable.

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