The Aube region forms the southernmost part of Champagne’s vineyards. West and South of the city of Troyes lie some 6,800 hectares (16,800 acres) of vines that form approximately a fifth of the total Champagne appellation. Around the town of Bar-sur-Seine, some 40 kilometres South-East of Troyes, we find the area known as the Côte des Bars. Vines lie on either bank of the river Seine, clinging to the best exposed slopes. The landscape is harmonious, with alternating vineyards and woods flowing over gentle hills. The village of Avirey-Lingey is one of the smallest wine-growing communes in the area. This is the home of Champagne Serge Mathieu, a family winery that has its roots in the Aube and vineyards that it cares for and defends by an ecological and honest approach, aimed at producing wines of character and refinement that reflect the surrounding elements.