Champagne village profile: Jaulgonne 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: 48.6 hectares (120.1 acres), of which 87% Pinot Meunier, 11% Chardonnay, and 2% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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: Barzy-sur-Marne
Southwest: Chartèves

On the left bank of Marne
South: Courtemont-Varennes
Comment 1: some of the villages to the north and northhwest 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 church in Jaulgonne, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo jpduburcq, 2006).

The village

Jaulgonne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river.

The Jaulgonne commune covers 178 hectares and has 634 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Jaulgonnais and Jaulgonnaises.

The Marne river between Jaulgonne (the bank to the left and to the right in the picture) and Courtemont-Varennes (the bank in the centre of the picture). Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Antoine Fleury-Gobert, 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Jaulgonne are located close to the village, divided into a number of separate blocks, and are situated in rather mild southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Jaulgonne commune is 48.6 hectares (120.1 acres). There are 42.1 ha Pinot Meunier (86.6%), 5.4 ha Pinot Noir (11.1%), and 1.1 ha Chardonnay (2.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 31 ha. There are 20 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. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Christian Briard (ND, Facebook page), whose vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Ambre and is Pinot Meunier-dominated (66% in the 2004 and 2005 vintages). The range also includes a Coteaux Champenois (still red wine) produced from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as a vintage-dated Ratafia (sweet fortified wine) using grape must from the first pressing of the three common grape varieties.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Older postcard showing Jaulgonne, from before 1931. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018

Advertisements
Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment

Champagne village profile: Mézy-Moulins 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: 21.3 hectares (52.6 acres), of which 58% Pinot Meunier, 39% Chardonnay, and 3% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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: Chartèves
Northwest: Mont-Saint-Père

On the left bank of Marne
East: Courtemont-Varennes
Eastsoutheast: Reuilly-Sauvigny
South: Crézancy
Southwest: Fossoy
Comment: the remaining link will be added when the profile of that village has been uploaded.

The church in Mézy-Moulins, Église Notre-Dame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

The village

Mézy-Moulins is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The Le Surmelin River empties into the Marne River in this village.

The main village Moulins is located in the eastern part of the commune, while Mézy is found further to the west.

In Mézy-Moulins there is a restaurant which usually receives good reviews, Le Moulin Babet. It is housed in a former windmill.

The Mézy-Moulins commune covers 448 hectares and has 526 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Mézyacois, Moulinois, or Mézy-Moulinois.

The railroad track at the Mézy-Moulins station. The station is in Mézy, the buildings in the background are in Moulins, and in the slope above Moulins we see vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Antoine Fleury-Gobert, 2011).

Vineyards

Most of the vineyards in Mézy-Moulins is located in the eastern part of the commune, in the slope above Moulins. The vineyards are west-facing with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety and Chardonnay rather close behind.

The current vineyard surface in the Mézy-Moulins commune is 21.3 hectares (52.6 acres). There are 12.3 ha Pinot Meunier (57.7%), 8.3 ha Chardonnay (39.0%), and 0.7 ha Pinot Noir (3.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 23 ha. There are 18 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

I have not found any Champagne producers which have their seat in Mézy-Moulins.

A stone with grooves (polissoir) i Mézy-Moulins, more specifically in Bois des Grès. In  “archaeological” times, this type of stone was probably used to sharpen stone axes. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pascal3012, 2014).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018

Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment

Champagne village profile: Crézancy 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: 52.2 hectares (129.0 acres), of which 72% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 13% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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

North: Mézy-Moulins
Eastnortheast: Reuilly-Sauvigny
Southsoutheast: Connigis
West: Fossoy

Comment 1: some of the villages to the south and southwest 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.

Crézancy along the D1003 road, the main street in east-west direction. The vineyards in the background are located in the eastern part of the commune, in the slope above the Paroy hamlet. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pascal3012, 2014).

The village

Crézancy is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at Le Surmelin, a river which empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins.

Other than the main village, the commune includes the two hamlets La Boissière, to the south, and Paroy, to the east, on the other side of Le Surmelin.

In Crézancy, there is a governmental agricultural and viticultural high school (lycée agricole et viticole) with a general and technical orientation. Curricula include viticulture and vinification, and the school has its own Champagne production; see Delhomme below.

The Crézancy commune covers 706 hectares and has 1221 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Crézançois and Crézançoises.

The church in Crézancy, Église Notre-Dame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

Vineyards

Most of the vineyards in Crézancy are located in the eastern part of the commune, in the slope above the Paroy hamlet. These vineyards, which are gathered in a single block, are continuous with those in Mézy-Moulins. Other than that, there is a block to the west of the main village, which belongs to the lycée. The vineyards are mostly west-facing, with a proportion of south-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Celles-lès-Condé commune is 52.2 hectares (129.0 acres). There are 37.5 ha Pinot Meunier (71.8%), 7.7 ha Chardonnay (14.8%), and 7.0 ha Pinot Noir (13.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 46 ha. There are 37 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.

  • Delhomme (RM), som produceras av jordbruksgymnasiet i Crézancy. Delhomme har drygt 3 ha vingårdar, huvuddelen i ett block i Crézancy och därutöver några småplättar i Barzy-sur-Marne. Sortimentet inkluderar en årgångschampagne som heter Euphrasie och består av Chardonnay och Pinot Meunier (avser årgång 2008).

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The railroad track at the station in Crézancy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Antoine Fleury-Gobert, 2011).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2018-09-30

Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest (formerly in the Terroir de Condé)
Vineyards and grape varieties: 53.9 hectares (133.2 acres), of which 53% Pinot Meunier, 40% Pinot Noir, and 6% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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: Reuilly-Sauvigny
Southeast: Monthurel
Northnorthwest: Crézancy
Comment: some of the villages to the southwest are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The town hall (mairie) and the church (Église Saint-Georges) in Connigis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

The village

Connigis is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at Le Surmelin, a river which empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins.

The Connigis commune covers 546 hectares and has 324 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Connigeois and Connigeoises.

The Union des Maisons de Champagne used to count Connigis as part of the area Terroir de Condé. This was not very surprising, since the area was named for Condé-en-Brie (which itself isn’t a Champagne village), which is located close to Connigis. Around 2017 the borders were adjusted for the areas close to the departmental border between the Marne and Aisne department. Currently, UMC counts Celles-lès-Condé as part of the Vallée de la Marne Ouest, the Western Marne Valley.

The church in Monthurel, Église Saint-Georges. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Connigis are gathered in a single block in the slope above the village, and are continuous with those in Monthurel. The vineyards are southwest- to west-facing with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety and Pinot Noir a close second.

The current vineyard surface in the Celles-lès-Condé commune is 53.9 hectares (133.2 acres). There are 28.7 ha Pinot Meunier (53.2%), 21.7 ha Pinot Noir (40.3%), and 3.5 ha Chardonnay (6.5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 51 ha. There are 53 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.

  • Cellier & Fils (RC, Facebook), formerly Simon Cellier et Fils. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Chevreux-Bournazel (RM, Facebook), also known as La Parcelle after their first Champagne. The started their Champagne production in the 2012 vintage using a 0.4 ha plot of Pinot Meunier in Barzy-sur-Marne. Later, a plot in Connigis was added. They use oak barrel vinification and despite the small scale they have received positive attention for their Champagnes. Other than the original La Parcelle, the range includes Le Bouc and La Capella, the latter introduced in 2018 (village of origin is Barzy-sur-Marne). They also produce a still white wine (Coteaux Champenois) and Ratafia.
  • Pierre Leclere (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

One of the Champagne producers in Connigis, Pierre Leclere. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jean-Pierre Duburcq, 2013).

Video clip

Below a video from Cellier & Fils that shows pictures from the 2006 harvest, both in the vineyard and when the grapes were pressed.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last updated 2018-09-27

Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest (formerly in the Terroir de Condé)
Vineyards and grape varieties: 38.5 hectares (95.1 acres), of which 53% Pinot Meunier, 38% Pinot Noir, and 9% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Aisne (where Monthurel is located) and Marne.


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

Northnortheast: Reuilly-Sauvigny
East: Saint-Agnan
Southeast: Celles-lès-Condé
Northwest: Connigis

Comment: some of the villages to the south and southwest are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

Monthurel with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

The village

Monthurel is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at Le Surmelin, a river which empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins.

The Monthurel commune covers 386 hectares and has 151 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Monthurellois and Monthurelloises.

The Union des Maisons de Champagne used to count Monthurel as part of the area Terroir de Condé. This was not very surprising, since the area was named for Condé-en-Brie (which itself isn’t a Champagne village), which is close to Monthurel. Around 2017 the borders were adjusted for the areas close to the departmental border between the Marne and Aisne department. Currently, UMC counts Monthurel as part of the Vallée de la Marne Ouest, the Western Marne Valley.

The town hall (mairie) of Monthurel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Monthurel are gathered in a single block in the slope above the village and are continuous with those in Celles-lès-Condé and Connigis, on the respective side. The vineyards are southwest-facing with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety, but with Pinot Noir reasonably close.

The current vineyard surface in the Monthurel commune is 38.5 hectares (95.1 acres). There are 20.4 ha Pinot Meunier (53.0%), 14.8 ha Pinot Noir (38.4%), and 3.3 ha Chardonnay (8.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 35 ha. There are 56 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.

  • Sylvain Billion (RC)

Comment: the list be incomplete.

The church in Monthurel, Église Saint-Éloi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jean-Pierre Duburcq, 2013).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last updated 2018-09-25

Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment

Champagne village profile: Celles-lès-Condé on the left bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest (formerly in the Terroir de Condé)
Vineyards and grape varieties: 40.5 hectares (100.1 acres), of which 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Aisne (where Celles-lés-Condé is located) and Marne.


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: Saint-Agnan
Southeast: Baulne-en-Brie (part of the Terroir de Condé)
Northwest: Monthurel
Comment: some of the villages to the southwest are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The entrance from south to Celles-lès-Condé, along the D20 road, from the Condé-en-Brie direction. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pascal3012, 2014).

The village

Celles-lès-Condé is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at Le Surmelin, a river which flows through the southern part of the Terroir de Condé area, and then empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins. The stream La Dhuis arrives from the Condé-en-Brie direction and empties into Le Surmelin at Celles-lès-Condé. Celles-lès-Condé is a neighbour of the larger village Condé-en-Brie, which explains the surname “lès-Condé” which is used to differentiate this village from several other villages named Celles.

The Celles-lès-Condé commune covers 391 hectares and has 82 inhabitants (as of 2015). The built-up area in the south of the commune is continuous with Condé-en-Brie.

The Union des Maisons de Champagne used to count Celles-lès-Condé as part of the area Terroir de Condé. This was not very surprising, since the area was named for Condé-en-Brie (which itself isn’t a Champagne village). Around 2017 the borders were adjusted for the areas close to the departmental border between the Marne and Aisne department. Currently, UMC counts Celles-lès-Condé as part of the Vallée de la Marne Ouest, the Western Marne Valley.

The church in Celles-lès-Condé, Église de la Nativité de la Vierge. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Celles-lès-Condé are gathered in a block in the northern part of the commune and are continuous with those in Monthurel. The vineyards are southwest-facing with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Celles-lès-Condé commune is 40.5 hectares (100.1 acres). There are 24.3 ha Pinot Meunier (60.0%), 12.2 ha Pinot Noir (30.1%), and 4.0 ha Chardonnay (9.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 36 ha. There are 30 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Vineyard sites in Celles-lès-Condé include the following, among other:

  • Mocque Tonneau, a vineyard site mid-slope. Tarlant in Œuilly produce their La Vigne Royale using Pinot Noir from this site. The name of that Champagne is because this area was popular among the Royal Court of France in former days, presumably for excursions.

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any producers which have their seat in Celles-lès-Condé.

Central Condé-en-Brie with a bridge across La Dhuis and the village church, Église Saint-Rémi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2008).

Champagne producers in Condé-en-Brie

Condé-en-Brie is not among the villages which have vineyards in the Champagne appellation, but at leats one Champagne producer is located there:

  • Hazard-Devavry (RC), which has just under 6 ha of vineyards in Monthurel, Leuvrigny, Vauciennes, Cumières, Monthelon, and Mancy with about 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. The range includes the vintage Champagne Cuvée Léo, which is sourced from grand cru vineyards. The producer is a member of the cooperative in Monthelon.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last updated 2018-09-25

Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment

Champagne village profile: Courtemont-Varennes 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: 21.7 hectares (53.6 acres), of which 85% Pinot Meunier, 13% Pinot Noir, and 1% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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 within the Champagne appellation

On the right bank of Marne
Westnorthwest: Chartèves
Northnorthwest: Jaulgonne
Northeast: Barzy-sur-Marne (part of the Terroir de Condé)
Southeast: Passy-sur-Marne (part of the Terroir de Condé)

On the left bank of Marne
West: Mézy-Moulins
Southsoutheast: Reuilly-Sauvigny
Comment: the remaining links will be added when the profiles of those villages have been uploaded.

The church in Courtemont, Église Saint-Denis. The vineyards in the background are on the other side of the Marne river, in Barzy-sur-Marne (left) and Passy-sur-Marne (right). Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GFreihalter, 2015).

The village

Courtemont-Varennes is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. Courtemont-Varennes is surrounded by Marne on three sides, as the river makes a bend around it.

In the centre of the commune, the Varennes village is located, and to the east we find Courtemont. Varennes is the larger of the two

There is a large number of villages and other locations in France called Varennes. This Varennes is not that Varennes which features in “the flight to Varennes” (those who fled were Louis XIV & co in 1791). That one is Varennes-en-Argonne in the Meuse departement (Lorraine). The escape route from the Tuileries Palace in Paris to Varennes-en-Argonne did indeed traverse the Champagne region, but to the south of this part, via Montmirail along what today is the D933 road.

The Courtemont-Varennes commune 598 hectares and has 311 inhabitants (as of 2015) referred to as Varennois and Varennoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Courtemont-Varennes are located immediately to the south of Varennes. The vineyards are concentrated in a block in a north-facing slope below a forest-clad hill and are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Courtemont-Varennes commune is 21.7 hectares (53.6 acres). There are 18.5 ha Pinot Meunier (85.2%), 2.9 ha Pinot Noir (13.4%), and 0.3 ha Chardonnay (1.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 19 ha. There are 19 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Moët & Chandon has a facility in the village. Other than that, I haven’t found any Champagne producers which have their seat in Courtemont-Varennes.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2018-10-01

 

Posted in Champagne villages | Tagged | Leave a comment