The Terroir of Champagne - SOMM TIPS with Sophie Gonet

Learn about the terroir of Champagne from 7th-generation winemaker Sophie Gonet of Champagne Michel Gonet. The concept of “terroir” comprises the physical elements of a place, like the composition of the soil, the weather, and the degrees of slopes of a hill or mountain, which in turn translates into the character of the wine. Terroir can also refer to a more elusive sense and quality of a specific place in the world. 

“The terroir of Champagne is unique because it’s mainly chalk on the ground, nearly everywhere,” Sophie explains. “Chalk gives minerality, mineral flavor, and flower flavor.” Yet even in the small region of Champagne, each village has a specific landscape of soil, topography, and climate, which creates differences in the resulting grapes and wine. “Not all Champagne is the same,” says Sophie. The best way to prove her right is to taste as much Champagne as possible. (It’s hard work, but somebody’s got to do it.)

Thanks to Sophie Gonet and her family for hosting us in Champagne and teaching us about her wines. If you liked this video and love food and wine, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channelLike us on Facebook, and Follow us on Instagram. Thanks for watching!