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Located in Les Riceys in the Côte des Bar, the Alexandre Bonnet domain has a very unique terroir: steep slopes with the famous Kimmerdigian limestone soil - which is also found in Chablis and Sancerre. As in the entire Côte des Bar, the estate has mainly Pinot Noir planted (89%). The village of Les Riceys, where the domain makes its home, is primarily known for their special still rosé wines.
Alexandre Bonnet started out as a trader (Négociant manipulant), buying grapes and wine to then make Champagne from. For several years now, they have been focusing more on quality and terroir expression. This has led to a line of Champagnes made from grapes from their own vineyards only. The wines are predominantly made from Pinot Noir and have a low dosage, ranging from extra-brut to brut nature.
Côte des Bar is the largest sub-region of the Champagne region - it comprises more than 20% of the total appellation. Only after the classification of Champagne from the early 20th century, the Côte des Bar was recognized as a sub-region of the Champagne region. The northerners (Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs) saw the southerners (Côte de Bar) as outsiders, unable to produce true Champagne. After demonstrations and riots, the Côte des Bar was admitted to the appellancy, but was not given the same prestige as the rest of the area - no Grand Cru's or Premier Cru's were designated. Today, the area is instead known for the high quality production of Pinot Noir and the micro-climate conditions that provide excellent grape ripening.
Fun fact: Les Riceys is the only commune (with three villages) in the entire Champagne region where the three AOCs overlap, namely: AOC Champagne, AOC Coteaux Champenoise, AOC Rosé des Riceys.