From the beginning of the Champagne Cru Scale in 1895 Ambonnay appears among the GRANDS CRUS CLASSES of Champagne. With an average altitude of 130 meters, a large part of the vineyards often escapes the spring frosts. The terroir of AMBONNAY is planted on hillsides where limy chalk is just beneath the soil surface, covered by a thin layer of clay and limestone soil. Pinot Noir grows here easily and makes for fruit forward and structured cuvees, which are highly sought after by Prestige Champagne makers. Prized for its lightness and finesse, Chardonnay is most often planted on the South-eastern slopes. A few south facing clay-siliceous plots, allow in certain years the secret production of a red Champagne wine of a rare elegance: a fruity wine laced with red fruit aromas, the Ambonnay Rouge is sought after by connoisseurs.