What are the approved grape varieties?

There are 3 main grape varieties in Champagne.

Match each variety with its description.


Pinot Noir : 38% of plantings

Pinot Noir

This is the predominant grape variety on the Montagne de Reims and Côte des Bar.

It adds body and structure to the blend.


Meunier : 32% of plantings


This is the most common variety in the Vallée de la Marne.

It tolerates the most adverse weather conditions. It adds roundness and fruitiness to the blend.


Chardonnay : 30% of plantings


This is the preferred variety in the Côte des Blancs.

Being slower to age, this variety is ideal for ageing. It adds liveliness and mineral notes to the blend.