A unique terroir

Californian vineyard has many attributes. Firstly thanks to the state’s very diverse geography with the influence of the ocean, and second thanks to its very diverse climate, with the cool Pacific currents meeting the protective shield of a mountain range and the Central Valley.

California’s vineyard benefits from many micro-climates which can vary from the coolest to the sunniest within a few kilometres. Temperatures vary quite significantly in this region; you only need to venture 1.5 kilometres into the vineyards for the temperature to rise by 1°C. The altitude can also play a greater role than the presence of sea air in some areas.

The key factor in the quality of Californian vineyard lies in the relationship between the coolness of the Pacific ocean and the heat in the hinterland. North coast, in the higher areas between 400 and 700m, on the rocky outcrops, we find Zinfandel grapes, which are very resilient at this altitude where the temperature stays very moderate. Then in the valley, we find cooler climate grapes varieties like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Throughout the region, we also find a very wide range of different soils with perfectly drained gravel, lime, poor rocks, volcanic ash, quartz and sandy lime.

All this diversity is a huge advantage when it comes to seeking out Chardonnays in the most favourable locations. Whilst the Champagne soil (and sub-soil) has a mainly limestone and therefore chalky base, Californian vineyard is planted across a multitude of different soils with very diverse climate.

 
 

LOUIS POMMERY, HALLMARK OF A DELICIOUS WINE

 

This sparkling wine opens with sublime notes of green apples with both good acidity and pleasant minerality.

Then, a crisp, lemony mousse adds freshness and vitality to the wine’s buttery, cakey characteristics.

It finishes with an aroma of peaches and apricots.

It’s a pleasant new wine which makes a wonderful accompaniment to a meal with friends.

 

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Sparkling Wine

 

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