Gatinois

Gatinois

Everyone knows the main “Grande Marque” houses but what fewrealize is that the majority of vineyards are owned by individualgrowers. A great number simply on-sell the grapes to the Champagne houses or co-operatives, however there is an expanding group of producers who are retaining some of their crop and vinifying their own wines.

Monsieur Cheval-Gatinois is one such producer, the owner of a Grand Cru vineyard, beautifully sited on the steep slope above the village of Ay. Half of the production goes straight to the Grande Marque Bollinger, the remainder being reserved for his own cellar.