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The Cru Scales in Champagne: Discover the Quality Scale of Great Champagnes


Welcome to our category dedicated to the Echelles de Cru en Champagne, a fundamental aspect of the fascinating world of champagne. In this page, we will explore in depth this essential concept which governs the quality and reputation of champagnes. We will delve into the intricacies of this quality scale, explaining its importance in the production and tasting of Champagne grands crus.

Get ready to discover the well-kept secrets of the vintage scale, frequently asked questions on the subject and much more.


The Origins of the Cru Scale in Champagne


The history of Echelles de Cru in Champagne goes back centuries. They are the result of decades of observation, tasting and experimentation, helping to define the hierarchy of wines in this prestigious region. Originally, they were used to determine prices for grapes and wines, but they have since evolved to become a mainstay of the champagne industry.


The vintage scale classifies Champagne vineyards into different levels of quality, ranging from the most prestigious to less renowned vintages. Grapes from the highest classified vintages are the most prized and are used to produce the most prestigious champagnes. This scale is the foundation of Champagne's global reputation as a leading sparkling wine producer.


Understanding Vintage Classes


The vintage scale in Champagne has several classes, each defined by strict criteria, including geographic location, terroir, climate and grape quality. The highest vintage classes are Grand Cru and Premier Cru.

  • The Grand Cru is the top of the scale, bringing together the most prestigious vineyards in the region. These exceptional terroirs produce grapes of exceptional quality, which are used to create the most renowned and sought-after champagnes in the world.
  • The Premier Cru is the level immediately below the Grand Cru. Vineyards classified as Premier Cru are also highly esteemed and produce grapes of high quality, although slightly below those of Grands Crus.

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BARON DAUVERGNE champagne Cuvée Saphir Grand Cru
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BARON DAUVERGNE champagne Cuvée Saphir Grand Cru
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Cuvée well representative of the Bouzy terroir, with a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, without dosage and aged for more than 48 months in the cellar, a deep wine expresses itself on the juicy fruitiness of the yellow apple and the white peach, a hint of white bread, the mouth is on the fruit with a lot of class, the aromas are patinated thanks to the...
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BARON DAUVERGNE champagne Cuvée Saphir Grand Cru
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Cuvée well representative of the Bouzy terroir, with a blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, without dosage and aged for more than 48 months in the cellar, a deep wine expresses itself on the juicy fruitiness of the yellow apple and the white peach, a hint of white bread, the mouth is on the fruit with a lot of class, the aromas are patinated thanks to the...
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MAILLY GRAND CRU ChampagneBlanc De Pinot Noir
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MAILLY GRAND CRU ChampagneBlanc De Pinot Noir
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Lively golden color, sparkling with a deep nose of wax, cocoa, red berries from undergrowth, notes of nougat and vanilla all the generous complexity of Pinots Noirs from Mailly, village of the first slopes classified as a grand cru, Racy, mellow and attractive on the palate, with a light caramel finish. <p...
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MAILLY GRAND CRU ChampagneBlanc De Pinot Noir
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Lively golden color, sparkling with a deep nose of wax, cocoa, red berries from undergrowth, notes of nougat and vanilla all the generous complexity of Pinots Noirs from Mailly, village of the first slopes classified as a grand cru, Racy, mellow and attractive on the palate, with a light caramel finish. <p...
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BARON DAUVERGNE champagne Grand Cru Elégance Rosé
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BARON DAUVERGNE champagne Grand Cru Elégance Rosé
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Ruby-colored Grand Cru Rosé Champagne, tasty and delicious with a palette of crushed strawberries at the bottom of the pan, fragrances of blueberries, the freshness of wild strawberries invade the atmosphere, sparkling, caressing palate with touches of grape pulp black, raspberry-filled wafer and violet finish.
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BARON DAUVERGNE champagne Grand Cru Elégance Rosé
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Ruby-colored Grand Cru Rosé Champagne, tasty and delicious with a palette of crushed strawberries at the bottom of the pan, fragrances of blueberries, the freshness of wild strawberries invade the atmosphere, sparkling, caressing palate with touches of grape pulp black, raspberry-filled wafer and violet finish.
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PERTOIS-MORISET champagne Les Quatre Terroirs Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru
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30% reserve wine, 2014 harvest dosed at 3 gr / L 100% Chardonnay Grand Cru, Cote des blancs. Racy nose, the bubbles are fiery and surround the wine with beautiful energy. Fresh, tense, slight buttery notes suspended, not very lemony, a roundness on the finish gives it a real flavor.
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PERTOIS-MORISET champagne Les Quatre Terroirs Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru
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30% reserve wine, 2014 harvest dosed at 3 gr / L 100% Chardonnay Grand Cru, Cote des blancs. Racy nose, the bubbles are fiery and surround the wine with beautiful energy. Fresh, tense, slight buttery notes suspended, not very lemony, a roundness on the finish gives it a real flavor.
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CLAUDE CAZALS Champagne Carte d’Or Grand Cru
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CLAUDE CAZALS Champagne Carte d’Or Grand Cru
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Champagne Blanc de blancs grand cru pretty pale gold color pulling on emerald. A brioche nose, low acidity revealing aromas of citrus fruits, lemon meringue, open on toast. Seductive palate, pleasant, rich and fruity, with a little fat. Distinctions...
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CLAUDE CAZALS Champagne Carte d’Or Grand Cru
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Champagne Blanc de blancs grand cru pretty pale gold color pulling on emerald. A brioche nose, low acidity revealing aromas of citrus fruits, lemon meringue, open on toast. Seductive palate, pleasant, rich and fruity, with a little fat. Distinctions...
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Franck Bonville Cuvee Prestige champagne
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Distinctions :  - 94/100 The Champagne Guide
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Franck Bonville Cuvee Prestige champagne
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Distinctions :  - 94/100 The Champagne Guide
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CLAUDE CAZALS Champagne Vive Grand Cru
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CLAUDE CAZALS Champagne Vive Grand Cru
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Champagne Blanc de Blancs grand cru with a creamy foam, intense golden color of an ultra brut champagne (dosed 3 grs / L) allows it to express itself in full, pure, alive on delicate notes of apples. Sophisticated on the palate, lots of minerality. <span...
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CLAUDE CAZALS Champagne Vive Grand Cru
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Champagne Blanc de Blancs grand cru with a creamy foam, intense golden color of an ultra brut champagne (dosed 3 grs / L) allows it to express itself in full, pure, alive on delicate notes of apples. Sophisticated on the palate, lots of minerality. <span...
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Bottle of Champagne of Excellence Blanc de Blancs le VOIRIN-DESMOULINS Brut Grand Cru
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Pure product of the grand cru of the village of Chouilly by its invigorating, lively and iodized character which defines very well the heart of wine of the natural wines of Chouilly, with pretty aromas of grapefruit, banana flesh followed by the fragrance of licorice and vine stock . The mouth has a beautiful acidity which brings...
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Bottle of Champagne of Excellence Blanc de Blancs le VOIRIN-DESMOULINS Brut Grand Cru
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Pure product of the grand cru of the village of Chouilly by its invigorating, lively and iodized character which defines very well the heart of wine of the natural wines of Chouilly, with pretty aromas of grapefruit, banana flesh followed by the fragrance of licorice and vine stock . The mouth has a beautiful acidity which brings...
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Champagne Bonnet-Gilmert Cuvée de Réserve Grand Cru - Finesse and elegance in the bottle
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Discover the essence of sparkling luxury with Bonnet-Gilmert Cuvée de Réserve Grand Cru champagne. Made from Chardonnay Grand Cru, carefully aged and offering a subtle dosage, this champagne seduces fine palates with its citrus aromas and exquisite freshness. Perfect for aperitifs and special moments. An unforgettable taste experience.
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Champagne Bonnet-Gilmert Cuvée de Réserve Grand Cru - Finesse and elegance in the bottle
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Discover the essence of sparkling luxury with Bonnet-Gilmert Cuvée de Réserve Grand Cru champagne. Made from Chardonnay Grand Cru, carefully aged and offering a subtle dosage, this champagne seduces fine palates with its citrus aromas and exquisite freshness. Perfect for aperitifs and special moments. An unforgettable taste experience.
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Bottle of Champagne FRANCK BONVILLE Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
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This effervescent treasure which combines finesse, elegance, minerality and creaminess. For more than a century, Maison Bonville has perpetuated a tradition of excellence. The “Brut Grand Cru” vintage is its jewel, reflecting a perfect harmony between finesse, elegance, minerality and smoothness. Champagne winemaker Franck...
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Bottle of Champagne FRANCK BONVILLE Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs
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This effervescent treasure which combines finesse, elegance, minerality and creaminess. For more than a century, Maison Bonville has perpetuated a tradition of excellence. The “Brut Grand Cru” vintage is its jewel, reflecting a perfect harmony between finesse, elegance, minerality and smoothness. Champagne winemaker Franck...
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