On a Hillside

The Château de la Marquetterie is entirely surrounded by vineyards, which is what lends its singularity in the Champagne region as well as the origin of its name. In Autumn, the alternating squares of red and yellow on the hillside, planted in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, evoke an image of a checkerboard with somber and light patches. In immediate proximity to the Château, the steepness of the hill was so great and the cultivation of vines here seemed so difficult to the monks that this parcel of land was given the eloquent name of “Folies,” meaning “Crazy.” The Folies de la Marquetterie cuvee today renders homage to these same monks.