Champagne village profile: Chambrecy, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyard and grape varieties: 62 ha (153.2 acres), of which 95.1% Pinot Meunier, 4.6% Pinot Noir, and 0.3% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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: Sarcy
Eastnortheast: Bligny
Southeast: Chaumuzy
South: Champlat-et-Boujacourt (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
West: Ville-en-Tardenois
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The town hall (mairie) of  Chambrecy. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

Chambrecy is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, along some small streams that empty into the Ardre river just downstream of Sarcy, the neighbouring village.

The Chambrecy covers 612 hectare and has 143 inhabitants (as of 2011).

In Chambrecy there is a British military cemetery where soldiers from World War I are buried. The three military cemeteries with Bligny in their name – one French, one Italian and one German – are in fact also located on land in the Chambrecy commune, between the villages Bligny and Chambrecy.

The British military cemetery in Chambrecy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Vineyards

Vineyards in Chambrecy consist of mild slopes of varying exposure. Pinot Meunier dominates completely.

The current vineyard surface in the Chambrecy commune is 62 hectares (153.2 acres). There are 58.9 ha Pinot Meunier (95.1%), 2.9 ha Pinot Noir (4.6%), and 0.2 ha Chardonnay (0.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 61 ha. There are 7 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Lallement-Pelletier (RM, Facebook)
  • Alain Lerouge

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

Links

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Champagne village profile: Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 37 ha (91.4 acres), of which 86.5% Pinot Meunier, 8.9% Chardonnay, and 4.6% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)

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

Northeast: Coulommes-la-Montagne (premier cru)
Eastnortheast: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
South: Bouilly
Southwest: Bligny
West: Aubilly
Northwest: Méry-Prémecy
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The town hall (Mairie) of Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet. Picture linked form Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, close to the small Noron stream that empties into the Ardre river just downstream of the Poilly village.

The Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet commune covers 491 hectares and has 221 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Noron, the stream that passes Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet are located just north of the village, and consist of mild south-facing slopes dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet commune is 37 hectares (91.4 acres). There are 32 ha Pinot Meunier (86.5%), 3.3 ha Chardonnay (8.9%), and 1.7 ha Pinot Noir (4.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 34 ha. There are 32 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

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.

  • Roger Chemin
  • Lallement-Massonnot
  • Yves Marly (RC)
  • Sylvie Moreau (RC), has 2.5 ha of vineyards and are under conversion in the organic direction.
  • Vallée-Sellier (RC, blog, Facebook), has 3 ha of vineyards spread over Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet, Bouleuse, Chambrecy, Faverolles-et-Coëmy, and Damery.

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

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Champagne village profile: Bouilly, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 51.1 hectares (126.3 acres), of which 73.4% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 11.5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87%)

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: Saint-Euphrase-et-Clairizet
Northeast: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Eastnortheast: Jouy-lès-Reims (premier cru)
East: Ville-Dommange (premier cru)
Southeast: Courmas
Southwest: Chaumuzy
West: Bligny
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Bouilly seen from the British military cemetery in the village. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Bouilly is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, close to the small stream Noron that empties into the Ardre river just downstream of the village of Poilly.

The Bouilly commune covers 564 hectares and has 173 inhabitants (as of 2011) referred to as beullisiens and beullisiennes.

In the village, there is a British military cemetery, Bouilly Cross Roads Military Cemetery, where soldiers from World War I are buried.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bouilly consist of mild slopes dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Bouilly commune is 51.1 hectares (126.3 acres). There are 37.5 ha Pinot Meunier (73.4%), 7.7 ha Pinot Noir (15%), and 5.9 ha Chardonnay (11.5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 49 ha. There are 12 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune

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.

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

Links

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Barolo and other wines from Borgogno

About two months ago, I visited an event where most of the range from the Swedish importer group Vingruppen (yes, it simply means “The wine group”) was available for tasting. A few producers were also represented, including wine maker Andrea Farinetti from Borgogno, a Piemonte producer mostly known for their Barolo wines. Andrea showed large parts of their range, including a few older vintages of Barolo.

Borgogno is a producer with a history going back to 1761. The wines Borgogno are commonly seen in tastings of older Baroli and are some of the more common older Piemontese wines in auctions. This is partly because the producer has been around for quite a while and has produced wines in a style adapted to extended cellaring, but also because they have a habit to save away rather large amounts of each vintage in their cellar.

If I should make an attempt at characterising their current wine style, I’d say “modernised traditional” or something similar. The wines have apparently become more polished and elegant – and also better – in recent years. So we are talking about a producer that never jumped on to the “modernist” bandwaggon (typically new oak, small oak barrels, a lot of extraction, darker colour, and accessibility when young), but one that has improved in the current era when many modernists and traditionalists have started to come closer. In recent vintages, they have also introduced some new wines into their range, so they are also somewhat experimental within the range of the “tradtional style”.

These were some of the very last wines I tasted in the afternoon. So not just do the regular reservations about tasting notes from “exhbition/fair-style tastings” apply, but my poor palate had been put to significant work before being exposed to these wines. The exact scores could therefore have a larger error margin than usual, but the scores do still reflect my relative ranking of these wines. Also, I feel more confident about the stylistic judgments than I do about the individual scores.

Borgogno 20140908

2010 Langhe Rosso 2010
Grape varieties: Barbera, Merlot, Freisa, and Dolcetto.

Nose with red berries, slightly flowery. Palate with sweet berries, rather good acidity. Accessible and easy-drinking for a young Piemontese wine, pleasant and uncomplicated. 86 p. A new addition to their range, by the way.

2012 Langhe Nebbiolo

Nose with ripe red berries, some animal notes, slightly flowery. Palate with good concentration, ripe red currants, and tough tannins. Young, 88(+) p

2011 Barbera d’Alba Superiore

Nose with light cherries and spice notes. Palate with sweet red berries, good acidity, and some tannins. 87 p

2010 Borgogno No Name
Langhe Nebbiolo

Light red colour. Aromatic and elegant nose with some resin and pine-tree needles, slightly flowery and with mild spices. Elegant palate with red berries, rather good concentration, good acidity and rather noticeable tannins. Rather accessible, could develop, 89(+) p.

“No Name” is a Barolo that has been cellared shorter than usual and is sold de-classified. Other than that with the same grape material and the same treatment as their regular Barolo, as I understand it. The origin of this wine was apparently the 2005 vintage of their regular Barolo, that for some reason was refused the Barolo DOCG designation. Instead, it was sold as a Langhe Nebbiolo with the text “No Name” and the addition “Etichetta di protesta” in the corner. Borgogno has continued to sell part of its Barolo in a younger form under this designation (and therefore not as a Barolo) as a protest against the Italian wine bureacracy.

2008 Barolo
A blend of three different Barolo crus: Cannubi, Liste, and Fossati.

Perfumed and elegant nose with ripe red berries, some roses, rose petals, and violets. Palate with good concentration, ripe red berries with rather firm tannins and good acidity. Young, but with some accessibility now as well, 90(+) p.

More flowery and more perfumed than the 2010 “No Name”.

2008 Barolo Liste

Flowery and elegant nose with ripe red berries, some dried berries, and some violets. Palate with powerful concentration, sweet red berries, good acidity, and well-integrated tannins. 90-91(+) p

More powerful nose than the regular 2008 Barolo, but actually less tannic palate.

2008 Barolo Cannubi

Nose with ripe red berries and some dark berries, some violets and some liquorice notes. Powerful palate, stony minerality, dark cherries, and rather noticeable tannins. Young and tough, 91+ p.

More powerful nose than the 2008 Barolo Liste, and considerably more tannin-dominated. Without doubt the toughest of these three 2008s.

2006 Barolo Riserva

Nose with ripe cherries, some candied berries, slightly developed notes, some rose petals, slightly flowery. Palate with good concentration, dried berries, cranberries, hints of dried berries, good concentration, rather tough tannins that still are somewhat embedded in the fruit. Young, but should preferably be allowed to develop more, 91 p.

1998 Barolo Riserva

I’m not entirely sure that this bottle was 100% correct, but my note was like this:
Nose with ripe red berries, a hint of solvent notes, slightly stony, some dried berries, and slighlt flowery. Palate with red berries, spice notes, and rather tough tannins. Doesn’t “sing” quite like the rest, 89 p?

1996 Barolo Riserva

Nose with dried red berries, some roses and perfume. Palate with red berries, dried red berries, gravelly mineral notes, and rather noticeable tannins. Developed, but from a vintage with a structure for long cellaring, so there’s no hurry, 91 p.

Below a video with a visual presentation of the producer – that for some reason is accompanied by “spaghetti western music” by Ennio Morricone… to be more specific The Ecstasy of Gold from the soundtack of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Choosing from these three, “the Good” definitelt fits Borgogno the best!

Swedish version here.

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Champagne village profile: Chaumuzy, a village in the Vallée de l’Ardre, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 83.2 ha (205.6 acres), of which 93% Pinot Meunier, 4% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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: Bligny
Northnortheast: Bouilly
Northeast: Courmas
East: Marfaux
Southeast: Pourcy
South: Fleury-la-Rivière (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Southsouthwest: Belval-sous-Châtillon (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Southwest: La Neuville-aux-Larris (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Westsouthwest: Champlat-et-Boujacourt (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Northwest: Chambrecy
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The village

Chaumuzy is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, along the upper part of the Ardre river, which here is just a small stream.

The Chaumuzy commune covers 1 994 hectares and has 375 inhabitants (as of 2011) called chaumuziens and chaumuziennes.

Chaumuzy is commune with a larger surface and a more oblong shape than most of its neighbouring communes, since it includes a forest area in its southern part. Its shape means that Chaumuzy borders to an unusually large number of other communes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Chaumuzy are located to the west of the actual village and consist of mild east- to northeast-facing slopes down towards the Vallée de l’Ardre. Pinot Meunier dominates.

The current vineyard surface in the Chaumuzy commune is 83.2 hectares (205.6 acres). There are 77.1 ha Pinot Meunier (92.7%), 3.1 ha Chardonnay (3.7%), and 3 ha Pinot Noir (3.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 82 ha. There are 65 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Serge Alvès (RC)
  • Francis Biniaux (RC)
  • Serge Boutillat (RC), with the company name Boutillat-Dautreville
  • Chrisophe Herbelet
  • Salmon (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants and a Special Club producer. Has 10 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir, and an annual production of 100 000 bottles. Their Special Club 2009 were composed of 50% Pinot Meunier and 50% Chardonnay. The range also includes non-vintage cuvée called A.S., composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, that is sold with some age. Below a video presenting Salmon, in (clear) French without subtitles, but with a lot of nice views of vineyards and other parts of their production:

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

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Champagne village profile: Courmas, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards och grape varieties: 40.9 ha (101.1 acres), of which 80% Pinot Meunier, 12% Chardonnay, and 8% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87%)

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: Bouilly
Northeast: Ville-Dommange (premier cru)
East: Sacy (premier cru)
Southsouthwesy: Marfaux
Westsouthwest: Chaumuzy

Courmas with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Standecourmas, 2008).

The village

Courmas is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, along the small stream Noron that also runs through the village Bouilly and that finally empties into the Ardre river just downstream from the village Poilly.

The Courmas commune covers 287 hectares and has 176 inhabitants called courmassiens and courmassiennes.

A field cross in a vineyard of Courmas. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Courmas comune are located directly at the village itself and consist of mild slopes dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Courmas commune is 40.9 hectares (101.1 acres). There are 32.7 ha Pinot Meunier (79.8%), 4.8 ha Chardonnay (11.8%), and 3.4 ha Pinot Noir (8.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 41 ha. There are 28 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune

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.

    • Xavier Alexandre (RM)
    • Yann Alexandre (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has a bit more than  6 ha of vineyards in nine communes, with 45% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir.
    • Auguste-Rauot
    • Auguste-Serrurier has 7 ha of vineyards in Courmas, Ville-Dommange, Jouy-lès-Reims, Pargny-lès-Reims, Coulommes-la-Montagne, Sermiers, Brouillet, and Chenay (in the Massif de Saint-Thierry) with 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir. The cellar is located in Ville-Dommange, but the business address is Courmas.
    • Jean-Bernard Bourgeois (RC), has vineyards in Courmas, Coulommes-la-Montagne, and Jouy-lès-Reims with a majority of Pinot Meunier. Annyal production is about 30 000 bottles.
    • Jean Fournier (RM)
    • P. Minard (RM) alternatively Patrick Minard or just Minard (alternative website here), has 4 ha of vineyards in Coulommes-la-Montagne and Courmas with 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir. Annual production is 25 000-30 000 bottles.
    • Vrain-Augé (RM)

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

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole de Courmas, doesn’t seem to have a website. Founded in 1961.

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Champagne village profile: Marfaux, a village in the Vallée de l’Ardre, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 40.1 ha (99.1 acres), of which 73% Pinot Meunier, 24% Pinot Noir, and 3% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

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

West and northwest: Chaumuzy
Northnortheast: Courmas
Northeast: Sacy (premier cru)
Eastnortheast: Écueil (premier cru)
Southeast: Pourcy
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The church in Marfaux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Martpan, 2012).

The village

Marfaux is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, along the upper part of the Ardre river, which here is just a small stream.

The Marfaux commune covers 675 hectares and has 151 inhabitants callled marfautiots and marfautiotes.

There are two military cemeteries in Marfaux, one British and one German, where soldiers from World War I are buried.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Marfaux are located in a block in the northern part of the commune, shaped somewhat like an amphitheatre. Here we find mild southwest- to southeast-facing slopes toward the Vallée de l’Ardre. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Marfaux commune is 40.1 hectares (99.1 acres). There are 29.5 ha Pinot Meunier (73.4%), 9.6 ha Pinot Noir (23.9%), and 1.1 ha Chardonnay (2.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 39 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

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

Links

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