Puisieulx is one of only 17 Champagne Grands Crus and is situated in the north of the Champagne Region, below the northern coteaux of the Grande Montagne of Reims. It is one of the less well known of the Champagne Grands Crus owing to its relatively modest size of barely 18 hectares. Puisieulx is, however, surrounded by other well known Grands Crus including Sillery, Mailly-Champagne and Verzenay.
The vineyard is situated on a gentle south-east facing slope where the action of 35 million years of alternating frost and thaw has created a well drained and light, chalky soil which is ideal for vines.
Only pinot noir and chardonnay vines are used in the Chaumont vineyards since the conditions on this very chalky terroir are ideal for enabling both of these varieties to reach their full potential.
Protecting the vines against different diseases and pests is based on the principles of "la lutte raisonnee", a thought-out, balanced approach seeking to reconcile the need to control disease and pests with protecting the environment from an overuse of chemicals and pesticides. These principles are put into action by:
François Chaumont has been a member of a wine-making cooperative since 1994. Whilst continuing as an active member of his cooperative, in 2008 he began to use a part of his crop to produce his own champagne independently of the cooperative, making use of the plant, equipment and know-how of his wife, a third generation winemaker from the Littiere family making champagne in Oeuilly.
All of his winemaking operations are undertaken in Oeuilly including pressing, fermentation, blending, bottling, riddling, disgorgement, labelling etc. The modern cave at Oeuilly makes it possible for him to create champagnes of great quality by bringing out the full potential of his pinots noirs and chardonnays from Puisieulx to give us the Blanc de Noirs and Blanc de Blancs of François Chaumont Champagnes.