The Great Growths
classification of the different Champagne villages was established by professional trade bodies at the beginning of the 20th century. This classification called « Echelle des Crus » (growths scale) catergorises the villages between 80% and 100%. To date, amongst the 313 viticultural villages which produce an equal number of demarcated « crus », only 17 benefit from the 100% value, called the Grand Cru appellation.
Le Mesnil sur Oger and Oger, where the Charlemagne house owns its terroirs are two of theprestigious Grand Crus of the Champagne vineyards, where the coveted Chardonnay grape is king.
These two 100% Grand Crus of the Côte des Blancs both have an East/South-East exposure and are planted on limestone soil, ensuring constant water supply to the Chardonnay grapes that infuse our Grand Cru wines with their finesse, elegance and mineralogy.
Only the best single vineyards of the terroir are selected for our Grand Cru cuvées (such as Chétillon, Coullemets, Vaucherots, Mont-Joly, Aillerand du Midi ...). The average age of these parcels is around 42 years old. This mosaic of micro-terroirs allows us to obtain champagnes with strong characteristics They all help to determine the Charlemagne style, which in turn ensures its quintessential spirit and durability.