Champagne Gatinois – Nicolas Le Cacheur and Françoise Remy married in 1696, and since then there have been 12 generations on the famous hillsides of Aÿ. Located just a few kilometers from Epernay and around 30km from Reims, Aÿ is one of the rare 17 villages to be classified as Grand Cru in the Champagne region.
Louis Cheval took over the domaine in 2010 after a career as a geologist. The call of the terroir and the Grand Cru of Aÿ proved to be too much of a temptation! He now runs Champagne GATINOIS and oversees all stages of production, from the vineyards to the cellars. His is the task of producing a range of champagnes that naturally reflect the real substance, warmth and depth of the family history. As a trained geologist, Louis Cheval could talk to you for hours about the soils and sub-soils that make up the Aÿ terroir. The subtle balance between chalk and limestone in this very special terroir endows the champagne from Aÿ with its prized power and finesse.
All Gatinois champagnes are Grands Cru with a generous, distinguished style. The Pinot Noir from Aÿ is at the heart and soul of the Gatinois blends and gives them their powerful and structured backbone. Chardonnay brings a counter-balance of acidity and liveliness with a very distinctive character. The Grand Cru Aÿ terroirs are beautifully revealed by our resolutely traditional approach and our quest to achieve timeless elegance, year after year.
A classic style of Champagne that remains true to its terroir and offers remarkable aging potential.