Hautvillers

Hautvillers (postcode 51160) is a small commune, of 717 inhabitants (as of 2016), in France, in the wine-growing region of the Champagne Region Montagne de Rheims. The commune is known for its Benedictine abbey Saint Pierre d'Hautvillers. In this abbey, the monk Dom Pérignon (Pierre Pérignon, 1638 to †14.09.1715) worked for several decades, from 1668 until his death. Dom Pérignon succeeded by the development of different production steps of Champagne zu weltweiter Bekanntheit. Seit 1794 sind die Abtei und die dazugehörigen Weinberge, im Besitz des Champagnerhauses Moët & Chandon.

The municipality of Hautvillers is located about 5 km north of Épernay, in the department of Marne. Hautvillers holds the status of Champagne classification of a Premier Cru, rated 93%. As of 2019, the vineyards cover 290.7 hectares of planted vines, divided between 128.9 hectares of Pinot Noir, 85.7 hectares of Pinot Meunier and 76.1 hectares of Chardonnay vines. The vineyards of Hautvillers are widely distributed, at very different altitudes, many below 100m, others 140-180m and some up to 220m. The orientation of the vineyards ranges from east to south-facing slopes and southeast to southwest-facing slopes. This gives rise to very different wines that cannot be subordinated to any particular style.

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