Champagne village profile: Romeny-sur-Marne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 74.7 hectares (184.6 acres), of which 70% Pinot Meunier, 16% Pinot Noir, and 14% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
Northeast: Azy-sur-Marne
Northeast: Bonneil
Northwest: Charly-sur-Marne
West: Saulchery

On the left bank of Marne
East: Chézy-sur-Marne
South: Nogent-l’Artaud
Comment 1: several of the villages visible to the north are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.
Comment 2: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

The town hall (mairie) of Romeny-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Romeny-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river.

The Romeny-sur-Marne commune covers 423 hectares and has 500 inhabitants (as of 2016) referred to as Romenyats and Romenyates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Romeny-sur-Marne are gathered in a block in the slope above the village and is mostly made up of south-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Saulchery. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Romeny-sur-Marne commune is 74.7 hectares (184.6 acres). There are 52.6 ha Pinot Meunier (70.4%), 12.0 ha Pinot Noir (16.1%), and 10.1 ha Chardonnay (13.5%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 66 ha. There are 24 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.

  • Bernard Bijotat (RM, Facebook page), member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 10 ha vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 5% Pinot Noir.
  • Marc Bijotat (RM), with slightly more than 12 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Ferrand-Marty
  • Patrice Lamère (RC)
  • Lamere-Courcy (RC)
  • Marcelle-Borniche (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Vincent Père & Fils (Facebook page), with 6 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage).

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperative

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Cave Coopérative de Romeny-sur-Marne is a cooperative in Romeny-sur-Marne.

The church in Romeny-sur-Marne, Église Saint Jean-Baptiste. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

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Champagne village profile: Bonneil on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 76,7 hectares (189.5 acres), of which 79% Pinot Meunier, 11% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

Northeast: Essômes-sur-Marne
Southeast: Azy-sur-Marne
Southsouthwest: Romeny-sur-Marne

Comment: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

View of Bonneil with surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Bonneil is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The village is sometimes referred to as Bonneil-sur-Marne, but the “sur-Marne” part is not part of the official name of the commune.

The Mont de Bonneil hamlet is located to the northwest of the village, above the villages.

The Bonneil commune covers 211 hectares and has 377 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Bonneillois and Bonneilloises.

The town hall (mairie) of Bonneil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bonneil are gathered in a block in the slope above and next to the village and mostly consist of mild south- to southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Azy-sur-Marne. The vineyards in Bonneil and in most of Azy-sur-Marne together form an amphitheatre. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Bonneil commune is 76.7 hectares (189.5 acres). There are 60.8 ha Pinot Meunier (79.3%), 8.3 ha Chardonnay (10.8%), and 7.6 ha Pinot Noir (9.9%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 63 ha. There are 59 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Aerial photo of Bonneil with surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Droop, 2009).

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.

  • Jacki Barroyer (RC)
  • Biberon-Berranger (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Cédric Boucant (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2004 vintage).
  • Gilles Boucant
  • Emmanuel Boucant (RM, Facebook page), also written Le Style EB, member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha vingårdar with 60% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. The company name is Boucant-Thiery, and some Champagnes are labelled under this name.
  • Frédéric Coppeaux (RM)
  • Gilbert Coppeaux (RC)
  • Didier Gadroy & Fils (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Christophe Lefèvre (RM), with 4.3 ha of vineyards with 75% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. The vineyards are cultivated organically. Cuvée Alexandrine is a vintage Champagne with 100% Chardonnay from old vines in the vineyard site Sur les vignes d’Aby. Cuvée Clement is a non-vintage Champagne composed of Pinot Meunier, Pinor Noir, and Chardonnay cellared 10 years on its lees. Ancestrale is a vintage Champagne from Pinot Noir vinified in new oak barrels and with old-fashioned string closure. The range also includes an Azy Rouge, a still red wine (Coteaux Champenois) using Pinot Noir from Azy-sur-Marne.
  • Didier Lefèvre (RC) with the additional text “au Mont de Bonneil” on the labels. Not to be confused with Didier Lefèvre in Épernay which has the additional text “à Epernay” on the label.
  • MG (RM, Facebook page), which stands for Marteaux Guillaume.
  • Dominique Papelard (RM), with vineyards in Bonneil, Azy-sur-Marne, Chézy-sur-Marne, and Nogentel.
  • Papelard-Commun (RC), with the company name Franck Papelard.
  • Papelard-Fauvet
  • Fabrice Poilblan (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Bonneil, Église Notre-Dame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

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Champagne village profile: Azy-sur-Marne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 88.0 hectares (217.5 acres), of which 82% Pinot Meunier, 13% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
North: Essômes-sur-Marne
West: Bonneil
Southwest: Romeny-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
South: Chézy-sur-Marne

The town hall (mairie) of Azy-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Azy-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river.

The Azy-sur-Marne commune covers 278 hectares and has 390 invånare (as of 2016) referred to as Azyciens and Azyciennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Azy-sur-Marne are gathered in a block in the slope above the village and mostly consist of mild south-facing slopes, with a proportion of southwest- and southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Essômes-sur-Marne and Bonneil. The vineyards in Bonneil and in most of Azy-sur-Marne together form an amphitheatre. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Azy-sur-Marne commune is 88.0 hectares (217.5 acres). There are 72.3 ha Pinot Meunier (82.2%), 11.2 ha Pinot Noir (12.7%), and 4.5 ha Chardonnay (5.1%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 75 ha. There are 77 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.

  • Frédéric Caron (Facebook page) with 16 ha of vineyards, and who cultivates the unusual grape variety Petit Meslier in the site Les Rollemers in Essômes-sur-Marne. Petit Meslier is included in two non-vintage Champagnes: Duo de Blancs with 50% Chardonnay and 50% Petit Meslier, amd Quatre Cépages with 35% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, 20% Petit Meslier, and 20% Pinot Meunier. The vintage Champagne is composed of 60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage). Also produces Champagnes under the namne Simon-Barlier, which was the producer’s name two generations back.
  • Georges Henry (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Olivier et Laëtitia Marteaux (RM), with vineyards in Essômes-sur-Marne, Azy-sur-Marne, Bonneil, Romeny-sur-Marne, and Charly-sur-Marne. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir.
  • Viard-Lanier (RM)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Azy-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Félix. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Zeugma fr, 2012).

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Champagne village profile: Chézy-sur-Marne on the left bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 160.9 hectares (397.6 acres), of which 71% Pinot Meunier, 13% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
North: Essômes-sur-Marne
North: Azy-sur-Marne
West: Romeny-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Northeast: Nogentel
East: Nesles-la-Montagne
Southwest: Nogent-l’Artaud
Comment 1: several of the villages to the south and southeast are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.
Comment 2: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

The town hall (mairie) in Chézy-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2014).

The village

Chézy-sur-Marne is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river.

The Chézy-sur-Marne commune covers 2243 hectares and has 1350 inhabitants (as of 2016) referred to as Guernouillats and Guernouillates.

The church in Chézy-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Chézy-sur-Marne are located to the east and south of the village. One of the blocks is continuous with the vineyards in Nogentel. The vineyards are made up of slopes of varying directions, including a large block of mild south-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Chézy-sur-Marne commune is 160.9 hectares (397.6 acres). There are 127.1 ha Pinot Meunier (79.0%), 21.1 ha Pinot Noir (13.1%), and 12.7 ha Chardonnay (7.9%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 145 ha. There are 55 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses

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.

  • Philippe Moutardier (ND, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 55% Pinot Meunier, 27% Chardonnay, and 8% Pinot Noir. The cuvée Aphrodite is produced using old vines and is composed of 59% Pinot Meunier, 23% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Noir. There is also a Champagne called Kaolin where the disc above the cork (the top part of the wire cage closure) is made from porcelain.

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.

  • Bruno Berjot (Facebook page), whose range includes three vintage Champagnes: Millésime, Blanc de Blanc Millésime, and Vieilles Vignes Millésime.
  • Charles Constant (RM, Facebook page) who has vineyards in Chézy-sur-Marne, Azy-sur-Marne, and Bonneil.
  • De Rekeneire-Petit (RM, Facebook page). The annual production is about 30 000 flaskor. The range includes the vintage Champagne Millesimé composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier.
  • Daniel Gerbaux (RC, Facebook page), who has vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Le Millésimé composed of 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2013 vintage) and Millésimé Vieilles Vignes composed of 59% Pinot Meunier, 23% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2013 vintage). The producer’s name is also written Daniel Gerbaux & Fils.
  • Guichard-Pichelin (Facebook page), has vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Brut Millésime, Blanc de Blanc Millésime och Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Millésime. There are bottles with the producer code RC as well as with RM, and I haven’t been able to figure out which are the more recent ones. The company name is Les Fontaines Du Dolloir.
  • Jean-Louis Petit (RC, Facebook page), has 9 ha of vineyards with 6.5 ha Pinot Meunier, 1.5 ha Pinot Noir, and 1 ha Chardonnay. The current range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Confidence composed of 55% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage) and Cuvée Audace which is a vintage blanc de blancs. Formerly produced vintage Champagnes include Cuvée Apogée and Cuvée Authentique. The name used to be written J. Louis Petit and the producer was also called Domaine de Brochot. Below a video with pictures from various light aircraft including videos of the vineyards in Chézy-sur-Marne:

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Essômes-sur-Marne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 278.6 hectares (688.4 acres), of which 63% Pinot Meunier, 21% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 0.2% other grape varieties.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
Northeast: Château-Thierry
South: Azy-sur-Marne
Southsouthwest: Bonneil
Southwest: Charly-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Southeast: Nogentel
Southsoutheast: Chézy-sur-Marne
Comment 1: several of the villages to the north are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.
Comment 2: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

View of Essômes-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Essômes-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The main village Essômes-sur-Marne is located close to Château-Thierry, which is the largest town in the western Marne Valley.

There are several hamlets in the commune. Close to the vineyards we find (from north to south) Vaux, Monneaux, Crogis, Aulnoy, and Rouvroy.

The Essômes-sur-Marne commune covers 2855 hectares and has 2784 inhabitants (as of 2015) referred to as Essomois and Essomoises.

Essômes-sur-Marne with a vineyard in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto JOVENE, 2006).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Essômes-sur-Marne are spread over several parts of the commune. A large proportion are located on the slope of a hill which is situated on the border to Château-Thierry. Other vineyards are located close to Marne, with further vineyards below the aforementioned hill. The slopes of the vineyards cover most directions expect north. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Essômes-sur-Marne commune is 278.6 hectares (688.4 acres). There are 176.5 ha Pinot Meunier (63.4%), 59.8 ha Pinot Noir (21.5%), 41.8 ha Chardonnay (15.0%), and 0.5 ha other grape varieties (0.2%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 255 ha. There are 173 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.

  • Daniel Agron (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Belin (RM?), with the subtitle Gérard et Olivier on some labels, is a member of the Vignerons Indépendants. They have 8 ha of vineyards in Essôme-sur-Marne and Aulnois with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage), which also exists in an Extra Brut version.
  • Stéphane Fauvet (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Franck Gaullier (RM, Facebook page)
  • Gaullier-Gutel, whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Gaullier Lhermitte (RC)
  • Michel Hoerter (RC), who has 9 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 22% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 55% Pinot Meunier, 27% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • L. Huot et Fils (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). Not to be confused with Louis Huot in Saint-Martin d’Ablois, who used to write L. Huot Fils on their labels.
  • Michel Michaux (RC), has 8.3 ha of vineyards. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Brut Millésime composed of 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), Rêve d’anton, and Blanc de Blanc Millésime which is 100% Chardonnay.
  • Paillette (RM, Facebook page), with 7.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Jean François Therrien (RM)
  • Jean-Paul Toussirot (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The abbey in Essômes-sur-Marne with its garden. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

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Champagne village profile: Nogentel on the left bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 20.2 hectares (49.9 acres), of which 81% Pinot Meunier, 14% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

Kartan är länkad från Wikimedia Commons, och den geografiska informationen har sitt ursprung i OpenStreetMap. Det prickade vita området motsvarar vingårdarna, ljusgult betecknar annan öppen terräng, grönt är skog och orange är bebyggelse.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

(Mostly) on the right bank of Marne
North: Château-Thierry
West: Essômes-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Northnortheast: Étampes-sur-Marne
East: Nesles-la-Montagne
Southwest: Chézy-sur-Marne

The town hall (mairie) in Nogentel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Nogentel is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river.

The Nogentel commune covers 693 hectares and has 1005 inhabitants (as of 2016) who are referred to as Nogentellois and Nogentelloises.

The church in Étampes-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Médard. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pascal3012, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Nogentel are gathered in a single elongated block at the main village, which is continuous with the vineyards in Chézy-sur-Marne. They are made up of mild northwest-facing slopes dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Nogentel commune is 20.2 hectares (49.9 acres). There are 16.3 ha Pinot Meunier (80.7%), 2.8 ha Pinot Noir (13.9%), and 1.1 ha Chardonnay (5.4%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 17 ha. There are 15 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-Pierre Herissant (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Château-Thierry – the central town in the Western Marne Valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 43.9 hectares (108.5 acres), of which 61% Pinot Meunier, 24% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

Maps

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
East: Brasles
Southwest: Essômes-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Southeast: Chierry
Southsoutheast: Étampes-sur-Marne
South: Nogentel
Comment: several of the villages to the north are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

Château-Thierry at the Marne river. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2015).

The town

Château-Thierry is mostly situated on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. Château-Thierry is the central town of the western Marne Valley, and it is the largest town directly at Marne between Meaux to the west and Épernay to the east.

The Château-Thierry commune covers 1655 hectares and has 14 847 inhabitants (as of 2016) referred to as Castelthéodoriciens and Castelthéodoriciennes, aalternatively Castrothéodoriciens and Castrothéodoriciennes. The continuous built-up area has 21 421 inhabitants (as of 2014), including some neighbouring communes.

The largest church in Château-Thierry, Église Saint-Crépin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2015).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Château-Thierry are in part located in the southwestern part of the commune, on the border to Essômes-sur-Marne, and in part located to the northwest of the town itself. The vineyards are mostly made up of mild southwest- to southeast-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Château-Thierry commune is 43.9 hectares (108.5 acres). There are 26.9 ha Pinot Meunier (61.3%), 10.5 ha Pinot Noir (23.9%), and 6.5 ha Chardonnay (14.8%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 34 ha. There are 55 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Aerial picture of Château-Thierry with surroundings. The right edge of the picture is approximately on the border between Blesmes and Gland. The lower left corner is in the hamlet Aulnoy in the southern part of Essômes-sur-Marne. North is up in the picture. The picture is linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pymouss, 2018).

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.

  • Didier Mirault, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refer to the 2009 vintage).
  • Lété-Vautrain (RM, Facebook page), which has 8 ha of vineyards in Château-Thierry, Essômes-sur-Marne, and Leuvrigny. The vintage Champagnes is composed of 40% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage). Since 2011, the producer is owned by Baron-Fuenté in Charly-sur-Marne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The cellar of Pannier in Château-Thierry. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Desroches, 2018).

Cooperatives

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Vinicole de la Vallée de la Marne, usually COVAMA for short, is a major cooperative in Château-Thierry founded in 1963. COVAMA has 450 member with over 650 ha of vineyards. They have their own brand Pannier (see below) and are also behind Jacquart and Montaudon in Reims, which they run in collaboration with the cooperatives COGEVI in Aÿ (with their own brand Collet) and l’Union Auboise in Bar-sur-Seine (with their own brand Devaux) in the form of the company Alliance Champagne Jacquart – Union de Coopérative de la Champagne (UCC).
    History
    The cooperative was founded in 1963 under the name Coopérative Vinicole de Champagnisation des Coteaux du Val du Marne, initially with seven members and 12 ha of vineyards. They rented space in empty cellars at the Champagne house Pannier, to use for their own production. In 1966 they invested in additional equipment for the cellar, and in 1971 the Pannier facilities and brand was bought. In 1979, they had reached a production volume of 1.4 million bottles filled annually. In 1988, they decided to accept members from all of Champagne as well as to have other cooperatives as members. In 1995, the members had 470 ha of vineyards and the production volume was 4 million bottles filled annually. In 1996, they had reached 550 ha. In 1998, Pannier was transferred to a company of its own, SA Pannier, which is a subsidiary of the cooperative. The same year, they created Alliance Champagne together with COGEVI and Union Auboise. Some months later, Jacquart was bought by Alliance Champagne.

    • Pannier, the main brand for COVAMA’s own Champagnes. It is worth noting that the composition of the Pannier Champagnes isn’t fully representative of the western Marne Valley, since they are mostly based on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and don’t contain more Pinot Meunier than Champagnes that are sourced from the entire Champagne region. The non-vintage Brut Sélection is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Pinot Noir. The range includes four vintage Champagnes: Vintage with 40% Pinot Noir, 38% Chardonnay, and 22% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2012 vintage), Blanc de Noirs Cuvée Louis Eugène composed of 98% Pinot Noir (from grand cru villages) and 2% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2012 vintage), Blanc de Blancs using Chardonnay from grand cru and premier cru villages, and Égerie which is composed of 51% Chardonnay and 49% Pinot, mostly Pinot Noir but also a small amount of Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage).
      History
      The house Pannier was founded in 1899 by Louis-Eugène Pannier in Dizy, but later moved to Château-Thierry. In 1971 they were bought by COVAMA.

The town hall (Hôtel de Ville) in Château-Thierry. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2012).

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