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%)
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.
Northnorthwest: Jouy-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Northeast: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Southeast: Sacy (premier cru)
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The town hall (mairie) of Ville-Dommange. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).
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).
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.
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.
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.
- 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).
Panorama of Ville-Dommange:
Video from a drone flying over Ville-Dommange:
© Tomas Eriksson 2014, latest update 2014-10-18