The Modest Merchant
Champagne Christophe Dechannes is found in the town of Les Riceys in the heart of the Côte de Bar, the largest and the most southernly of the Champagne sub-regions. Their 9 hectares is made up of predominantly Pinot Noir vines (92%), but with a small special 0.5ha of Chardonnay which being so close to Chablis, benefits from the same Kimmeridgian soils. Vine age is between 20 and 60 years old. But make no mistake, they are a small Champagne House, making around just 30,000 bottles a year, across a total of 6 cuvées. Now under the third generation they are committed to working both traditionally and progressively, and are currently in the process of converting to HVE Level 3.