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Founded: 

2010

Location: 

Mendocino County, California

Winemaker: 

Eric Johannsen

Since its founding in 2010, Champ de Rêves has become one of the premier producers of high altitude Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley — a remote, mountainous, cold-climate AVA in Mendocino County.

The centerpiece of Champ de Rêves is the 85-acre estate Boone Ridge Vineyard. Located just 18 miles from the jagged, weather-beaten Pacific coastline, this beautiful property climbs from 1,400 to 2,000 feet and features a myriad of aspects, soils, exposures and mesoclimates.

To take full advantage of the site’s complex topography, the Boone Ridge Vineyard is divided into a patchwork of small blocks planted to seven different clones of Pinot Noir. Decomposed sandstone provides superb drainage and mineral uptake while naturally restricting vine vigor and yields.

Winemaker Eric Johannsen knows his way around Pinot Noir, having previously worked at La Crema, Cuvaison and Williams Selyem prior to Champ de Rêves. His goal is to showcase the incredible personality of this high-elevation, maritime-influenced site. To that end, the yields are kept low, the grapes are harvested ripe (not overripe), the lots are kept separate until final blending and the influence of new oak is judicious.

Champ de Rêves’ Pinot Noir is a deep, aromatically-charged wine that showcases the high altitude and cold climate of its site.