Champagne village profile: Poilly, 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: 27.4 ha (67.7 acres), of which 87% Pinot Meunier, 11% Pinot Noir, and 2% 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: Treslon
Northeast: Bouleuse

East: Aubilly
South: Sarcy
Southsouthwest: Ville-en-Tardenois
West: Lhéry
Nortwest: Tramery

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The village

Poilly is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill. The Ardre river flows just east of the village, and several streams (along which Champagne villages are located) empties into Ardre just upstream or downstream of Poilly.

The Poilly commune covers 445 hectares and has 89 inhabitants (as of 2011) called poillotins and poillotines. The A4 motorway between Paris and Reims crosses the northern part of the commune.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Poilly are primarily located to the west of the village, and consist of mild south-facing slopes dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Bouleuse commune is 27.4 ha hectares (67.7 acres). There are 23.9 ha Pinot Meunier (87.1%), 2.9 ha Pinot Noir (10.7%), and 0.6 ha Chardonnay (2.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 25 ha. There are 3 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

I have not found any Champagne producers with Poilly as their main seat. Mercier, with main offices in Épernay, does have a small facility in Poilly, probably to run vineyards in the surrounding villages.

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

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 14 ha (34.6 acres), of which 52% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 12% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (82%)

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: Germigny
East: Méry-Prémecy
Southeast: Aubilly
Southwest: Poilly
Northnorthwest: Treslon
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The village

Bouleuse is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, close to the small stream Noron that empties into the Ardre just to the west of the village, in the the neighbouring commune of Poilly.

The Bouleuse commune covers 411 hectares and has 174 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bouleuse are primarily located on the northern side of the village, and consist of mild south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Bouleuse commune is 14 hectares (34.6 acres). There are 7.3 ha Pinot Meunier (52.2%), 4.9 ha Chardonnay (35.4%), and 1.7 ha Pinot Noir (12.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 5 ha. There are 2 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Nicolas Feuillatte started his Champagne career in 1976 by buying the Domaine de Bouleuse, that consisted of 12 ha. In 1986, he joined the cooperative Centre Vinicole de Champagne (CVC), that since then has used his name on all of their Chamapgnes.

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.

  • Glod-Blin

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

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

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 4.7 ha (11.6 acres), of which 77% Pinot Meunier and 23% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (82%)

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: Méry-Prémecy
East:
Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet
South: Bligny
Westsouthwest: Sarcy
West: Poilly
Northwest: Bouleuse

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

The village

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

The Aubilly commune covers 316 hectares and has 48 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Aubilly are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Aubilly commune is 4.7 hectares (11.6 acres). There are 3.6 ha Pinot Meunier (77.4%) and 1.1 ha Pinot Noir (22.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 5 ha. There are no vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

I have not found any Champagne producers in Aubilly.

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Champagne Savart with Caviste

I recently tasted some wines from Champagne Savart, presented by French-Swedish wine merchant Caviste (a.k.a. Martin), who also celebrated three years of online wine sales, with his late 2011 release of Savart being his first.

Savart is one of the new generation of high-class small growers in Champagne and is located in Écueil, a village in the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims – “La Petite Montagne” – that is classified premier cru. Savart also has vineyards in the neighbouring village, Villers-aux-Nœuds. The Champagnes are Pinot Noir-dominated but very firm and mineral-dominated for their varietal composition, while simultaneously possessing quite a bit of fruit and “substance”. Purity of aromas and elegance are two other words that come to mind when describing Savart.

Savart CAV0036

The 2012 (base) vintage shows itself from a really good side in these Champagnes, which is promising for future releases.

Champagne Savart L’Ouverture

100% Pinot Noir, Brut, dosage 7 g/l. The base vintage is 2012 (50%, supplemented with 25% 2011 and 25% 2010). Disgorged October 2014.

Fruity and apply nose with a lot of green apples and slightly flowery notes. Dry and rather firm but still fruity palate with a lot of green apples, some citrus, mineral notes, medium bodied and fresh, quite good acidity, and noticeably minerally aftertaste. Rather young, but drinks well now, 88-89 p.

L’Ouverture is less complex than L’Accomplie with its notes more focussed on green apples, but is very stylistically pure and fresh. Although a dominance of green apples usually brings Chardonnay and blanc de blancs to mind, we here find a more obvious fruitiness than what is found in many blanc de blancs. But I’m sure many would guess that this Champagne is clearly Chardonnay-dominated…

Champagne Savart L’Accomplie

80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, Brut, dosage 4 g/l, i.e., in reality an Extra Brut. The base vintage is 2012 (70%, supplemented with 30% 2011). Disgorged October 2014.

Nose with ripe and well-waxed green apple, slightly smoky, some flowery and perfumed notes. With time in the glass some oak notes also emerge. The palate is dry and firm, medium-bodied (+) with green apple, citrus, and a noticeable minerality, high acidity and an aftertaste with a noticeable mineral note. Young, but drinks well now, 89-90(+) p.

Slightly more powerful and complex than the L’Ouverture, with a hint of oak notes (that I didn’t notice first when the mousse dominated, but that could be felt when it had been allowed some time in the glass) and with more potential for development. Also here the green apples dominate, but there is also more citrus, and the minerality is definitelt more prominent and give some saline notes.

As a reference we also tasted a magnum of L’Accomplie, that wasn’t for sale:

Champagne Savart L’Accomplie (magnum)

Base vintage 2009, disgorged 2013.

Rather powerful apply nose with green-apply notes, some peach and other “deeper/more mature” fruit notes, and slightly herbaceous. Dry palate, fruity, definitely noticeable minerality, green apple, high acidity, aftertaste with quite noticeable minerality. Rather young, drinks well now, 90 p.

Compared to the current 75 cl release of L’Accomplie the main difference is the more ripe fruit notes, which means that it more obviously says “Pinot Noir”. I believe this is caused by the 2009 base vintage, which usually shows high ripeness but still excellent balance, rather than bottle size or a little extra time in the cellar.

The parcel containing the sample of the rosé was stuck in a terminal somewhere en route from France to Sweden. So we instead tasted a rosé from the 2012 release.

Champagne Savart Bulle de Rosé

82% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay and 8% red wine produced from Pinot Noir. 60% from the 2009 vintage and 40% from the 2008 vintage. Disgorged 2012.

Nose with red berries, wild strawberries, red apples, flowery notes and elegance. With time in the glass some oak and fudge notes emerge. Dry and firm on the palate, fruit notes of wild strawberries, red apples and citrus, powerful minerality, high acidity, a hint of spice notes, and aftertaste with mineral, citrus and red apple. Still rather young in my opinion, but shows fine nuances, 89-90 p.

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Champagne village profile: Sarcy, 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: 45.1 ha (111.4 acres), of which 92.9% Pinot Meunier, 3.8% Pinot Noir, and 3.3% 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: Poilly
Eastnortheast: Aubilly
Southeast: Bligny
South: Chambrecy
Southwest: Ville-en-Tardenois

The village

Sarcy is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill. The Ardre river flows just east of the village.

The Sarcy commune covers 690 hectares and has 247 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Sarcy are primarily located to the southeast of the village, along the D386 road to Chaumuzy. They consist of mild slopes and are totally dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Sarcy commune is 45.1 hectares (111.4 acres). There are 41.9 ha Pinot Meunier (92.9%), 1.7 ha Pinot Noir (3.8%), and 1.5 ha Chardonnay (3.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 43 ha. There are 16 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.

  • Jean-Michel Bouchet & Filles (RC)
  • Camus-Laluc (RC)
  • Abel Jobart (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 10 ha of vineyards, primarily in Sarcy.
  • M.F. de Latour
  • Lepaul (RC, formerly Alexis Lepaul), has 1.8 ha of vineyards.

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

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Champagne village profile: Ville-en-Tardenois, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 5.9 ha (14.6 acres), of which 79.5% Pinot Meunier and 20.5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (82%)

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

Northnortheast: Poilly
Northeast: Sarcy
East: Chambrecy
Southeast: Chaumuzy
Southsoutheast: Champlat-et-Boujacourt (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Southsouthwest: Jonquery (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
West: Romigny (part of Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Northnorthwest: Lhéry
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The church of Ville-en-Tardenois, Église Saint-Laurent. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Racinaire, 2012).

The village

Ville-en-Tardenois is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, at a stream called Ruisseau de la Brandeuille which empties into the Ardre river, just downstream of the Sarcy village.

The Ville-en-Tardenois commune has an area of 1120 hectares and has 618 inhabitants (as of 2011) called tardenevilliens and tardenevilliennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Ville-en-Tardenois are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Ville-en-Tardenois commune is 5.9 hectares (14.6 acres). There are 4.7 ha Pinot Meunier (79,5%) and 1.2 ha Chardonnay (20,5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 6 ha. There are 2 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any Champagne producers in Ville-en-Tardenois.

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Champagne village profile: Méry-Prémecy, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 27 ha (66.7 acres), of which 64% Pinot Meunier, 28% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (82%)

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: Germigny
Northnortheast: Janvry
Northeast: Gueux
Eastnortheast: Vrigny (premier cru)
East: Coulommes-la-Montagne (premier cru)
Southeast: 
Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet
South: Aubilly
West: Bouleuse
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The town hall (mairie) and the church of Méry-Prémecy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

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

The Méry-Prémecy commune covers 511 hectares and has 61 inhabitants (as of 2011).

Méry-Prémecy, with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Méry-Prémecy are located around the village, primarily to the north, and consist of mild south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Méry-Prémecy commune is 27 hectares (66.7 acres). There are 17.4 ha Pinot Meunier (64.3%), 7.4 ha Pinot Noir (27.6%), and 2.2 ha Chardonnay (8.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 27 ha. There are 4 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.

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