Champagne village profile: Coulommes-la-Montagne, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 77.1 ha, of which 64.6% Pinot Meunier, 21.3% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

North: Vrigny (premier cru)
Eastnortheast: Ormes
Southsoutheast: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Southwest: Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet
West: Méry-Prémecy
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The village

Coulommes-la-Montagne is located in the ”Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. This village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Coulommes-la-Montagne commune covers 270 hectares and has 227 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Coulommes-la-Montagne are mildly sloping with varying exposure, and are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

On the now defunct échelle des crus, Coulommes-la-Montagne was rated 90%, which has made it a premier cru village. One of the last changes in the échelle des crus before it was retired, was that Coulommes-la-Montagne and the neighbouring village Vrigny were raised from 89% to 90% (the rating of several other villages in the Petite Montagne de Reims) and therefore promoted to premier cru status. This change took place in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

The current vineyard surface in the Coulommes-la-Montagne commune is 77.1 hectares (190.5 acres). There are 49.8 ha Pinot Meunier (64.6%), 16.4 ha Chardonnay (21.3%), and 10.1 ha Pinot Noir (14%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 29 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 74 ha.

Specific vineyard sites and vineyard-designated Champagnes

  • Les ParadisCoulon Père & Fils in Ville-Dommange produces a vineyard-designated blanc de blancs from his vineyard.
  • Les Vignes Dieu is a south-facing vineyard with sandy soils and limestone on the surface. It is one of two vineyards that are used by Roger Sergent (a producer in Vrigny) for the cuvée Les Près Dieu, a 100% Chardonnay.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Augé Père & Fils (RC), has 8.5 ha of vineyards.
  • Guillot Prévot (RC)
  • Hoche Petit (RC), has 4 ha vineyards.
  • Leclere-Minard (RC)
  • Jean-Claude Lépitre (RM), member of Vignerons Indépenants, has 6.4 ha in three villages, Coulommes-la-Montagne, Pargny-lès-Reims, and Chenay (in the Massif de Saint-Thierry).
  • Jean-Marie Massonot (RM, there are also RC-labelled bottles there are probably older)
  • Ponson & Fils (RM) or Pascal Ponson, member of Vignerons Indépenants, has 13.5 ha of vineyards in five premier cru villages.
  • Jean-Marie Sogny (RC)

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole Coulommes Vrigny, also known as Coopérative de Coulommes la Montagne, doesn’t seem to have a website. It is located directly at the commune border to Vrigny.

The cooperative in Coulommes-la-Montagne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Levequefabrice, 2013).

Links

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Champagne village profile: Pargny-lès-Reims, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 76.7 ha (189.5 acres), of which 76.7% Pinot Meunier, 18.8% Pinot Noir and 4.4% Chardonnay.
Klassificering: Premier cru (90%)

Karta

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

Northnorthwest: Coulommes-la-Montagne (premier cru)
Northeast: Ormes
East: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Southsoutheast: Jouy-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Westsouthwest: Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet
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The church in Pargny-lès-Reims. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Pargny-lès-Reims is located mid-slope in the “Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. This village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Pargny-lès-Reims commune covers 362 ha and has 373 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Vingeyards

The vingårdarna consist mostly of northeast-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims, with a high proportion of Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Pargny-lès-Reims commune is 76.7 hectares (189.5 acres). There are 58.8 ha Pinot Meunier (76.7%), 14.4 ha Pinot Noir (18.8%), and 3.4 ha Chardonnay (4.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 41 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 72 ha.

Specific vineyard sites and vineyard-designated Champagnes

  • Clos des Chaulins. In this hedge-enclosed vineyard, centrally located in the village, Médot & Cie (then located in Reims) earlier owned 0.68 ha with 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, and from this plot they produced a non-vintage vineyard-designated Champagne. Since Médot & Cie was bought by Lombard in 2002 (see Lombard & Médot below), it is no longer produced. I don’t know if the vineyard today is owned by Lombard & Médot or someone else.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.

  • Lombard & Médot (NM) has a press house in Pargny-lès-Reims which used to belong to the Médot & Cie (NM) of Reims. Today (2014), Médot is a brand belonging to Lombard & Médot and the main production takes place in Épernay, where Lombard & Cie long have had their seat.

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Olivier Cossy (RC), on the bottles O. Cossy, has 3.5 ha of vineyards. Olivier Cossy works for the Champagnes de Vignerons organisation where he is rapporteur for communikation since 2011.
  • Pascal Cossy
  • Jackowiak-Rondeau (RC), has 6 ha of vineyards with 55% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. Annual production is 50 000 bottles. The Polish-sounding part of the name (on the labels supplemented by a Polish coat of arms) originates with Wladislaw Jackowiak, a Polish officer who after he had been a prisoner of war in Germany 1939-1945 arrived in France and the Champagne region to guard German POWs. He remained and in 1946 married a mademoiselle Rondeau.
  • Leguay-Truchon (RC)
  • Christian Leloir
  • Gérard Leloir
  • Prévoteaux-Lapierre (RC), has vineyards in Pargny-les-Reims and Pévy (in the Massif de Saint Thierry)
  • Christophe Morin (RC)
  • Frédérick Thiebault
  • J. Wafflart Fils (RC)

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Cooperatives

  • The cooperative in the neighbouring village Jouy-lès-Reims, Coopérative Vinicole Rurale, is also called Coopérative Jouy-Pargny, i.e., it is a cooperative for both villages. It is one of the 82 cooperatives that are members of the major cooperative Centre Vinicole Champagne-Nicolas Feuillatte (CVC-NF), which has its main facilities in Chouilly.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Jouy-lès-Reims, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 95.2 ha (235.2 acres), of 55.8% Pinot Meunier, 28.5% Pinot Noir, and 14.6 % Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

Northnorthwest: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
East: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Southsoutheast: Ville-Dommange (premier cru)
Westsouthwest: Bouilly
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The church in Jouy-lès-Reims. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Jouy-lès-Reims  is located mid-slope in the “Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. This village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Jouy-lès-Reims commune covers 186 ha (of which more than half, 95,2 ha, is vineyards) and has 202 inhabitants (as of 2011) called joussiens and joussiennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards are mostly northeast-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims, with a high proportion of Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Jouy-lès-Reims commune is 95.2 hectares (235.2 acres). There are 53.1 ha Pinot Meunier (55.8%), 27.1 ha Pinot Noir (28.5%) och 13.8 ha Chardonnay (14.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 47 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 94 ha.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Aubry (RM), also L. Aubry Fils, is a good producer with some odd- and interesting-styled wines. The family history as a Champagne grower goes back to 1790, and today Pierre and Philippe Aubry are in charge. They have 15 ha of vineyards in Ville-Dommange, Pargny-lès-Reims, Jouy-lès-Reims, and Coulommes-la-Montagne. Among other things, Aubry has taken an interest in the “odd” grapes of Champagne, which they started to cultivate in 1989-1990. They harvested their first Arbanne and Petit Meslier 1993, and their first Fromenteau and Enfumé (both Pinot Gris) in 1994. They also cultivate Pinot Blanc. Le Nombre d’Or – with the additional designation Campaniae Veteres Vites (latin for “The old vines of Champagne”) – is a vintage cuvée of all seven allowed grape varieties (i.e., the three regular and the four odd) with a dominance of Pinot Gris. Le Nombre d’Or Sablé Blanc de Blancs is a vintage cuvée on the three allowed blanc varities (Chardonnay, Arbanne, and Petit Meslier). Their Sablé Rosé, a vintage cuvée that was introduced at their bicentenary in 1991, gets its inspiration from the 18th century style of Champagne. In terms of colour it is a vin gris, i.e., it is a pale rosé in colour, thanks to some skin contacts with black grapes (the saignée method), less mousse than usual, and little or no dosage.
  • Jean Aubry & Fils (RM)
  • Bonnet-Crinque (RC), has about 6 ha of vineyards in Jouy-lès-Reims, Pargny-lès-Reims, and Chamery. Has its present name since 1996, used to be called René Bonnet.
  • Jean-François Brunel
  • Caullery-Perseval (RC)
  • F. Cossy (RC), earlier Francis Cossy. Below a French TV-clip, with English subtitles, featuring Sophie Cossy who now runs F. Cossy.

  • Jean-François Dautreville
  • Gross (RC?), has vineyards with about 80% Pinot Meunier, and the rest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Used to be called Bernard Gross & Fils.
  • Patrick Perseval (RC)
  • Vincent Perseval (RC), annual production about 65 000 bottles.
  • Alain Rondeau (RC), has vineyards in Jouy-lès-Reims and Vertus.
  • Didier Rondeau (RC)
  • Jean-Pierre Tual (RC)

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole Rurale, doesn’t seem to have a website. Also called coopérative Jouy-Pargny, i.e., it is also a cooperative for the neighbouring village, Pargny-lès-Reims. It is one of the 82 cooperatives that are member of the major cooperative Centre Vinicole Champagne-Nicolas Feuillatte (CVC-NF), with its main facilities in Chouilly.

Links

Video clip

Some may have wondered about the small plastic capsules that can often be seen hanging in the vineyards, on the wires used to train the vines. Here the explanation comes. The capsules contain pheromones used for sexual confusion, an environmentally friendly method to combat certain insects (caterpillars) that attack the vines. Below a TV feature (French with English subtitles) where the method is used in vineyards in Jouy-lès-Reims and Pargny-lès-Reims.

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Champagne village profile: Ville-Dommange, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varities: 192 ha (474.4 acres), of which 58% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 12% Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

Northnorthwest: Jouy-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Northeast: Les Mesneux
(premier cru)
Southeast: Sacy (premier cru)
Southwest: Courmas

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The town hall (mairie) of Ville-Dommange. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Église Saint-Lié, the church in Ville-Dommange. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ludo29, 2007).

Ville-Dommange is located mid-slope in the “Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. The village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

Ville-Dommange is (together with its neighbour Sacy) one of those villages that had a certain name recognition already in the 19th century.

The Ville-Dommange commune extends over 340 hectares and has 417 inhabitants (as of 2011) called villedommangeois and villedommangeoises. It is also common to see the village name written as one unhyphenated word, Villedommange.

Vineyards above the church in Ville-Dommange as seen from the Saint-Lié chapel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ojsp58, 2007).

Vineyards

The vineyards consist of mostly east- to northeast-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims. The proportion of Pinot Meunier is high.

The current vineyard surface in the Ville-Dommange commune is 192 hectares (474.4 acres). There are 111.8 ha Pinot Meunier (58%), 57.7 ha Pinot Noir (30%) och 22.3 ha Chardonnay (12%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 96 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 189 ha.

Specific vineyard sites and vineyard-designated Champagnes

  • Clos des Bergeronneau is located directly at the village and is owned by Bergeronneau-Marion. Its size is 2.1 ha with southeast exposure, planted with 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir. The vineyard in this form was created/named in 2007. So far, Bergeronneau-Marion only uses old Pinot Meunier vines for its vineyard-designated Clos des Bergeronneau Champagne. The first release was from the 2007 vintage, but was sold as a non-vintage.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Louis Dubrince (NM?), today (2014) has an address in Ville-Dommange. There are also bottles of  Louis Bubrince where the label says that they are produced by LDJ in Faverolles-et-Coëmy, which is the company behind Jeeper, under an NM code. I’ve not been able to figure out what lies behind this change, but a possibility is that the brand (and possibly facilities in Ville-Dommange) has been sold by LDJ, who got a new majority owner in 2013 following economic difficulties.

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name. SR = société de récoltants, owned by a number of growers of the same family and sells under its own name.

  • Auguste-Serrurier has its cellars in Ville-Dommange, but the company seat is in Courmas.
  • Bardoux Père & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 4 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay.
  • James Bergeronneau
  • Bergeronneau-Marion (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has an annual production of 90 000 bottles. Produces a vineyard-designated Pinot Meunier from the Clos des Bergeronneau. The labels have earlier also said François Bergeronneau and F. Bergeronneau-Marion.
  • Boisselle & Fils
  • Chanoir-Fresne, has 3.5 ha of vineyards with 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier, and an annual production of 15 000 bottles. They earlier had an address in Bezannes.
  • René Chardonnet & Fils (probably RC), run by Eric Chardonnet and Christophe Chardonnet.
  • Laurent Charlier (SR)
  • Coulon Père & Fils (RC), has 4 ha of vineyards in Ville-Dommange (3 ha, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay) and Coulommes-la-Montagne (1 ha Chardonnay) and an annual production of about 15 000 bottles. The range includes a vineyard-designated blanc de blancs from Les Paradis in Coulommes-la-Montagne.
  • Pascal Devilliers (RM)
  • Fenaut-Bailly (RC), has the main part of their vineyards in Ville-Dommange, but also Pinot Noir in Les Mesneux and Pinot Meunier in Savigny-sur-Ardres, with 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. Cuvée Albert Fenaut is vinified in large oak barrels, and in the video below Jérôme Fenaut presents this cuvée and the oak barrels, that are located at the cooperative:

  • Fresne Ducret (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 6 ha of vineyards, of which about 95% i Ville-Dommange, with 55% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
  • Guy Froux et Fils (RC), the company is called Lebrun Froux.
  • Jean-Claude Henry (RC)
  • Infinite Eight (also written Infinite 8), a marketing-focussed producer with mainly  vintage Champagnes.
  • L. Leboeuf & Fils (RC)
  • Frédéric Massonot (RC)
  • S. Mazzini (RC), has vineyards in Ville-Dommange, Jouy-lès-Reims and Montbré, with 42% Pinot Meunier, 36% Chardonnay, and 22% Pinot Noir. The same family also owns a domaine in Burgundy, Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini in Gevrey-Chambertin. The S in S. Mazzini means Simon, but is written “S.” on the labels.
  • Roger Prioux (RM)
  • Albert Rolin (RM)
  • Truchon-Bergeronneau (RM)
  • Veuve Bardoux & Fils (RC), written Vve on the labels.

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole de champagnisation, a cooperative founded in 1948, today with 23 members and 50 ha vineyards, and an annual production of 250 000 bottles. The wines are sold under the name:
    • Cl. de la Chapelle, (alternative website with a different look) where “Cl.” apparently is meant to be read “Clos”, but which currently never seem to be spelled out. It might be because most of the their Champagnes doesn’t come from a clos, which is the French term for a wall-enclosed vineyard. Their most ambitious cuvée is the non-vintage Privilege.
  • Société Vinicole des Producteurs, 165 members with 220 ha vineyards. Doesn’t seem to have a website.
  • In Ville-Dommange there are also growers that are members of the Palmer & Co cooperative in Reims. Palmer primarily sources Pinot Meunier from Ville-Dommange (and from the neighbouring village, Sacy).

Links

Video clips

Panorama of Ville-Dommange:

Video from a drone flying over Ville-Dommange:

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Champagne village profile: Sacy, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 151.5 ha (374.4 acres), of which 49% Pinot Noir, 38% Pinot Meunier, and 13% Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

Northwest: Ville-Dommange (premier cru)
South: Écueil
(premier cru)
West: Courmas
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The village

The town hall (mairie) of Sacy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2011).

Sacy is located mid-slope in ”La Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. The village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Sacy commune covers 556 ha and has 380 inhabitants (as of 2011), referred to as sacéens and sacéennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards mostly consist of east-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims, and are dominated by Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Sacy commune is 151.5 hectares (374.4 acres). There are 74.1 ha Pinot Noir (49%), 57.2 ha Pinot Meunier (38%), and 19.9 ha Chardonnay (13%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 72 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 148 ha.

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Bigault-Roualet (RC)
  • Blin-Dezautez 
  • André Chemin (RC), has 6.5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 65 000 bottles.
  • Damien-Buffet (RC), also rents out rooms.
  • Damien-Dumez (RC)
  • Degenne-Damien (RM)
  • Dezautez-Touzet (RC)
  • Dumez Lemoine (RC)
  • Goulin-Roualet (RM), has vineyards in four villages – Sacy, Écueil, Ville-Dommange, and Villers-aux-Nœuds – and an annual production of 40 000-45 000 bottles.
  • J.C. Grill et Fils (RC), has 7 ha of vineyards with 54% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 11% Chardonnay.
  • Hervieux-Dumez (RM), a Special Club producers with 9.5 ha vineyards in Sacy, Chamery, and Mery with 22% Chardonnay, 50% Pinot Noir, and 28% Pinot Meunier. The annual production is 60 000 bottles. The composition of the 2006 Special Club (the 2007 has also been released as of 2014) is 50 % Chardonnay, 30 % Pinot Noir, and 20 % Pinot Meunier.
  • Éric Léger (RC), has 3.5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 18 000 flaskor.
  • Jean-François Léger
  • Marchal-Degesne (RC)
  • Mobillion Père & Fils (RM)
  • Bruno Perseval (RC), has 2.6 ha of vineyards.
  • Prévost-Hannoteaux (RC)
  • Ponsart-Brochet (RC)
  • Rigaut-Poret & Fils (there are both labels with RC and RM, I don’t know which are more recent)
  • Jean Valentin & Fils (RM), has 6 ha of vineyards.
  • Wafflart-Antoniolli, also calls themselves Wafflart, has 5.3 ha of vineyards, of which 1.2 ha Chardonnay, 2.7 ha Pinot Meunier, and 1.4 ha Pinot Noir.
  • Wafflart-Briet (RC), has barely 5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of about 40 000 bottles.

Comment: The list is probably not complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative vinicole de Sacy, 97 members and 88.10 ha. Doesn’t seem to have a website.
  • In Sacy there are also growers that are members of the Palmer & Co cooperative in Reims. Palmer primarily sources Pinot Meunier from Sacy (and from the neighbouring village, Ville-Dommange).

Links

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Champagne village profile: Écueil, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 144.9 ha (358.1 acres), of which 76.3% Pinot Noir, 11.8% Chardonnay, and 11.7% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

South: Chamery (premier cru)
North: Sacy (premier cru)
East: Villers-aux-Nœuds (premier cru)

The town hall (mairie) of Écueil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2011).

The village

Écueil is located in the slope of ”La Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. The village is part of a string of Champagne villages, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Écueil commune covers a surface of 703 ha and has 319 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards mostly consist of east-facing slopes on the the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims, and are dominated by Pinot Noir. Compared to the neighbouring villages, the proportion of Pinot Noir is considerably higher and the proportion of Pinot Meunier is lower.

The current vineyard surface in the Écueil commune is 144.9 hectares (358.1 acres). There are 110.6 ha Pinot Noir (76.3%), 17.2 ha Chardonnay (11.8%), and 16.9 ha Pinot Meunier (11.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 61 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 141 ha.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Nicolas Maillart (NM), a good producer that has vineyards in Écueil, Villers-Allerand, and Bouzy with 75% Pinot Noir and the rest Chardonnay. Their range includes a varietal Pinot Noir from ungrafted vines under the name Les Francs de Pied. Also sells Champagnes under the following brand:
    • Marie-Hanze, the brand was added in the 1990s to honour the mother of Nicolas Maillart, Marie Madeleine Maillart, born Hanze, whose family has provided a large part of the vineyards of Maillart.

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Allouchery-Bailly (RC)
  • Allouchery-Courleux (RC), has vineyards with 90% Pinot Noir, 5% Pinot Meunier, and 5% Chardonnay.
  • Allouchery-Perseval (RC), has 9 ha of vineyards, primarily in Écueil, and an annual production of 60 000 bottles. A French-language presentation:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRI4j535pi8

  • Baillet-Jauroyon
  • Bonet-Varry (RM)
  • Louis Brochet (RM, formerly Brochet Hervieux), member of Vignerons Indépendants
  • Vincent Brochet (RM)
    • Espionne is a cuvée from Vincent Brochet that has its own website.
  • Brochet-Dolet (RC)
  • Brochet-Prevost
  • M. Brugnon (RC), has also taken over from Philippe Brugnon, formerly located in Rilly-la-Montagne. Has 12 ha of vineyards in Écueil (4 ha), Rilly-la-Montagne (3 ha) and Mont-Saint-Père (in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest, 5 ha).
  • Desbordes-Amiaud (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards, mostly in Écueil
  • H. Deguerne & Fils (RC)
  • Desjardin-Varoquier
  • Dravigny-Demoizet
  • Dravigny-Godbillon (RC)
  • Lacourte-Godbillon (RC)
  • Lacourte-Guillemart (RM)
  • Hervé Leclère (RC), has vineyards in Écueil, Villers-aux-Nœuds, Sermiers, Trigny, and Verzenay.
  • Leclere-Pointillart (RC), has vineyards with 80% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay.
  • Macquart-Lorette (both labels with RC and RM can be found, and I haven’t been able to figure out which are the more recent bottles)
  • Perrard-Trichet (RC)
  • Pointillart & Fils (RC)
  • Pointillart-Leroy (RC)
  • Savart (RM), one of the new generation of high-quality small growers. Has 4 ha of vineyards in Écueil and Villers-aux-Nœuds, of which 3 ha Pinot Noir and 1 ha Chardonnay.
  • Varry-Lefèvre (RC), has 4 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier.
  • Vély-Prodhomme, has 3 ha vingårdar.
  • Watier-Kirch (RC)

Comment: The list is probably not not complete.

Cooperative

  • Coopérative Vinicole (à Écueil), with 70 members and 140 ha vineyards. Doesn’t seem to have a website.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Chamery, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 204.8 ha (506,1 acres), of which 42.1% Pinot Meunier, 29.3% Chardonnay, and 28.4% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

Map

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

Southeast: Sermiers
South: Courtagnon
North
Écueil (premier cru)
Northeast: Villers-aux-Nœuds (premier cru)

View of Chamery. In the distance to the right, Écuéil is visible. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Donarreiskoffer, 2012).

The village

The town hall (mairie) in Chamery, with the church (Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul) in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2013).

Chamery is located in the middle of the slope in the northwestern part of the Montage de Reims, which is sometimes called ”La Petite Montagne de Reims”. It is part of a string of Champagne villages, of which most are premier cru villages.

Chamery is also a village with four stars in the village fleuri classification.

The Chamery commune covers 527 ha and has 386 inhabitants, referred to as chamayots and chamayotes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Chamery consist of north- and northeast-facing slopes on the Montagne de Reims, with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Villers-aux-Nœuds commune is 204.8 hectares (506.1 acres). There are 86.2 ha Pinot Meunier (42.1%), 59.9 ha Chardonnay (29.3%) och 58.2 ha Pinot Noir (28.4%). There are 102 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 195 ha.

The vineyards in the foreground are situated between between Chamery and Sermiers, the Chamery village can be seen in the background, and the vineyards to the west of Chamery (in the Écueil direction) are located beyond the village. Picture inked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

Champagne producers

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Allouchery-Deguerne (RC), has 3.5 ha of vineyards and was created in 1998 when the family vineyards was divided up. Also uses the name Duchery-Deguerne.
  • Bonnet-Ponson (RM), has 10.5 ha of vineyards in five villages: Chamery, Vrigny, Coulommes-la-Montagne, Verzenay, and Verzy. One of the cuvées (100% Pinot Noir) is called Jules Bonnet.
  • Deguerne-Flot
  • Bertrand Delespierre (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants
  • Feneuil-Coppée (RC), har 7 ha of vineyards in Chamery, consisting of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Pinot Noir. The wines are pressed and vinified at the Chamery cooperative, but they choose which cuvées that are made and the bottles are stored in their own cellar.
  • Feneuil-Pointillart (RC)
  • Grimet-Lagauche (RM)
  • Guerlet-Deguerne (RM)
  • J.F. Hanon-Criado
  • Alexandre Houssart (RM; Facebook page)
  • Romaine Houssart (RM), has just under 1 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 16% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Noir.
  • Michel Labbe & Fils (RM), has 10 ha of vineyards.
  • Pascal Lallement (RM), also has a sightseeing train that runs tours through the vineyards.
  • Henri Maillart & Fils (RM, but some bottles – older? – say RC)
  • Frederic Malétrez (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants
  • Clément Perseval, member of Vignerons Indépendants
  • Gérard Perseval (RM)
  • Perseval Harteel (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants
  • Perseval-Farge (RM), has 4.5 ha of vineyards with 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir, plus some new plantations of Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier, and Arbanne. The annual production is about 25 000 bottles.
  • Perseval-Foubert (RC)
  • Raineteau-Grimet (RM)
  • Robaille Quinqueton

Comment: The list is probably not complete.

Cooperative

  • Coopérative Vinicole (à Chamery), has 93 members with 106 ha of vineyards. Founded in 1953. Doesn’t seem to have a website.

Links

Video clips

Paragliding over Chamery, gives a good picture of what the vineyards look like.

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