Grey's

Grauves (postcode 51190) is a small commune of 626 inhabitants (as of 2016), in France, in the Champagne Côte des Blancs region. The village is located about 8 km south of Épernay, opposite Avize, but on the southwest slopes of the Montagne d'Avize. Grauves carries the status of Champagne classification, as a Premier Cru place. The Premier Cru status includes both the white and the black grapes. However, the grapes are rated differently. The white grapes of the commune are rated at 95%, while the black grapes carry a rating of only 90%. The Grauves vineyards are located on good slopes, both up to 200m in the south-west, and a sheltered east-facing dip. The vineyards cover 190 hectares (as of 2019). Of these, 174.1 hectares are devoted to the Chardonnay grape variety, 2.9 hectares to Pinot Noir, and 13 hectares to Pinot Meunier. The style of Grauves wines is unusual for the Côte des Blancs. The wines are rich in extract and body. The quality of the grapes is excellent and very reliable.

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