Castelnau Champagne

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  • Champagne Castelnau has been making exceptional champagnes much loved by discerning wine lovers since 1916. The champagne house belong to the Regional Cooperative of Champagnes wines since 2003, and Castelnau is their emblematic brand. It is one of the largest vineyard  in Champagne (almost 900  hectares of vine located among the greatest terroirs of Champagne). Now you too can discover a great name in Champagne.

  • Champagne Castelnau Brut

    Champagne Castelnau Brut 75cl

    Blending is fundamental to the production of any Champagne and totally dependent on the skills and experience of the chief...
    28,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve

    Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve 75cl

    Champagne Brut Réserve from De Castelnau is a wine elaborated from a blend composed of 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 40%...
    29,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Rosé

    Champagne Castelnau Rosé 75cl

    Cuvée Brut Rosé from De Castelnau is a wine elaborated from a blend composed of 35% Chardonnay, 14% Pinot Noir, 51% Pinot...
    30,00 € from 3 34,00 € unit
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  • Champagne Castelnau Extra-Brut

    Champagne Castelnau Extra-Brut 75cl

    Cuvée Extra-Brut from Maison CASTELNAU recalls gourmandise and authenticity in its extra-brut declination.
    31,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 2006

    Champagne Castelnau Blanc de Blancs 2006 75cl

    Cuvée Blanc de Blancs 2006 from Maison Castelnau represents the sacred alliance of elegance and power.
    42,00 € from 6 48,00 € unit
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  • Champagne Castelnau Brut Millésime 2006

    Champagne Castelnau Brut Millésime 2006 75cl

    Champagne Brut vintage 2006 from Maison CASTELNAU is elaborated from a blend composed of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir and 20%...
    45,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve Magnum

    Champagne Castelnau Brut Réserve Magnum 150cl

    This magnum of champagne Brut Réserve from De Castelnau is a wine elaborated from a blend composed of 40% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot...
    49,00 € from 3 58,00 € unit
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  • Champagne Castelnau Brut Millésime 2003

    Champagne Castelnau Brut Millésime 2003 75cl

    The Brut 2003 champagne from Maison CASTELNAU has aged for more than 10 years to offer remarkable aromatic depth.
    51,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Cuvée Hors Catégorie

    Champagne Castelnau Cuvée Hors Catégorie 75cl

    Cuvée HORS CATEGORIE is so named to demonstrate Champagne de Castelnau's absolute mastery of the heights to which great...
    94,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Brut œnothèque 1998 Magnum

    Champagne Castelnau Brut œnothèque 1998 Magnum 150cl

    Champagne Brut œnothèque 1998 from Maison CASTELNAU is one of the vintages that marked the annals of the late twentieth century.
    138,00 €
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  • Champagne Castelnau Brut œnothèque 1996 Magnum

    Champagne Castelnau Brut œnothèque 1996 Magnum 150cl

    Champagne Brut œnothèque 1996 in magnum from Maison CASTELNAU is elaborated from an exceptional vintage.
    155,00 €
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Champagne CASTELNAU

HISTORY

The Champagne house of Castelnau was founded in 1916 and named in honour of General Eduard de Curières de Castelnau. It swiftly made its reputation during the First World War. Champagne Castelnau’s house emblem (the thistles and the coat of arms carry the motto “qui s’y frotte s’y pique”…he who rubs will be pricked) allude to this historical reference.
For three generations since 1925, Champagne Castelnau belonged to a family from Epernay. By the 1930’s, Castelnau Champagne had become very fashionable and was to remain a favourite of royal families and the majority of the French army throughout the world for much of the 20th century. Meanwhile, in 1962, 12 growers decided to pool their knowledge, experience and resources to create a new cellar in Reims: la Co-opérative Régionale des Vins de Champagne which acquired Champagne Castelnau in 2003. Today the company draws its fruit from one of the largest vineyard bases in the Champagne region and has positioned the Champagne Castelnau label as its figurehead..

THE VINEYARDS

Champagne Castelnau vines cover nearly 900 hectares spread across 149 different Champagne Crus including many of the finest parcels of land in the region.
• The Montagne de Reims (département de la Marne): its hillsides are largely formed of deep chalk subsoil and are mainly planted with Pinot Noir.
• The Marne Valley (Marne, Aisne et Seine-et-Marne): the slopes are mainly clay/limestone with some marl and are usually planted with Pinot Meunier.
• The Côte des Blancs (Marne): here, only Chardonnay is planted on the ubiquitous outcrops of chalk that hold reserves of water and warmth to help ripen the fruit.
• The vineyards of the Aube, Bar-sur-Aube and Bar-sur-Seine (Aube and Haute-Marne): also known as the Côte des Bar, are mainly planted with Pinot Noir on mostly marl sub-soils.
This rich panoply of fruit styles and origins gives Champagne Castelnau a stunning opportunity to use all their native knowledge to create exceptional wines.

THE GRAPE VARIETIES

The diversity of grape types and parcels of land spread throughout the AOC region of Champagne’s different sub-districts is a major advantage for Castelnau’s winemaking teams.
• Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is the main grape type from the cooler, chalky soils of the Montagne de Reims and from the Côtes des Bar. Pinot Noir based wines show red fruit aromas and a distinct ability to bring body and power to a blend.
• Pinot Meunier
The Pinot Meunier vine is a vigorous plant especially well suited to the more clay-based vineyards of the Marne valley, giving suppler, more rounded wines that mature more quickly, bringing the blends forward.
• Chardonnay
Chardonnay, the vine of choice for the Côte des Blancs growers as well as certain other specific villages, contributes lifted, delicate, floral, citrussy scents often along with mineral notes. Maturing more slowly, this is the ideal grape for wines destined for ageing.

WINEMAKING

In Champagne, the vintage usually begins in September. After a year of careful cultivation, the fruit is hand-harvested and pressed on site to conserve as much of its freshness as possible.
The grape juice, also known here as must, used to make the Castelnau Cuvées comes from 149 villages (or Crus) and 180 pressing stations sited all over the AOC Champagne region. When it arrives at the cellars in Reims, each batch of juice is tasted and analysed before being sent to the fermentation tanks. The yeasts transform the grape sugars into alcohol to make still wines. Each grape type from each different village Cru is vinified separately to keep its character intact for the chief winemaker and his team to taste and evaluate to build their blends.
Bringing out the individual characteristics of each ferment while ensuring that they will contribute to the typicity of the finished Castelnau blends: this is the potential offered by this vital stage of the process, allowing each parcel of land, grape type and vintage to create the same great marriage of flavour even though the proportions of each wine in a Cuvée may vary from year to year. Once the blends are made, the wines can be bottled and laid down in our cellars for several years to ferment and mature until they each develop their full richness and complexity of flavour.

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