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The great Pinot Noir villages in the Montagne de Reims start and end with the alphabet. On the south side you have the A’s and B’s - Ambonnay and Bouzy - and to the north, you tail off into the V’s - Verzy and Verzenay. Each of these Grand Cru villages has its own signature personality and is home to some of the top producers and

to stop the practice of malolactic fermentation; not only does Camille Savès not initiate it, they will actually stop it if it starts on its own. While I enjoy wines that do and do not undergo malolactic fermentation, the wines of Camille Savès typify the non-malolactic style and are all the better for it in my opinion. The next move Hervé made was to

vineyards makes its offering a

in Champagne.

Camille Savès, a house that

home in Bouzy, is one of these plethora of outstanding wines.

top

producers

focus on vineyard top growers and management is as earth, they ensure

improvement.

Similar to many other

producers,

Camille

Savès

vineyard

natural

as

possible.

By

respecting

the

that

strong

vines

with

flavorful

grapes

The domaine of Camille Savès began in 1894, when Eugène Savès married Anaïs Jolicoeur whose family had vines in Bouzy. With their marriage, the couple entered into the business of vinegrowing, but soon saw potential in making and selling their own wines. Thus, the recoltant label of Savès was created. Eugène and Anaïs’ son Louis followed in their footsteps and his son Camille did the

same it Camille’s

is his name son Hervé

on the began

current label.

his

involvement

In 1982,

in

the

business, later.

and

still

runs

the

house

today,

almost

thirty

years

flourish and that their land is not improved for the next generation. changes that I find very impressive

only preserved but Another of Hervé’s is his installation of

climate control across the is not underground. This the grapes and wine at all

entire portion of the winery that provides optimal conditions for times: once picked and taken to

the winery, any place grapes regulated. Even the garages for

may travel is completely the vehicles are kept cool.

This practice certainly isn’t common in (especially amongst smaller producers) and dedication the family has towards their work.

Champagne it shows the

Camille Savès really began to excel under Hervé’s watch, due to a number of recent changes. Hervé’s first move was

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