Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 191.3 hectares (472.7 acres), of which 87% Pinot Meunier, 7% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)
Southeast: Saint-Martin-d’Ablois (part of Côteaux Sud d’Épernay)
Comment: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.
Festigny is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river, in a side valley formed by the stream Le Flagot and its tributaries.
Other than Festignyitself, the villages Le Mesnil-le-Huttier (also written Le Mesnil-Festigny), La Rue, and Neuville are also situated in the commune.
The Festigny commune covers 2563 hectares and has 400 inhabitants (as of 2012).
The vineyards in Festigny are located in the northern part of the commune, mostly around the village itself. The consist of slopes of varying directions on both banks of the stream Le Flagot as well as on the streams that are its tributaries: Ru Billet, Ru du Rognon, and Ruisseau de Fontenay. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.
The current vineyard surface in the Festigny commune is 191.3 hectares (472.7 acres). There are 165.8 ha Pinot Meunier (86.7%), 14.1 ha Chardonnay (7.4%), and 11.2 ha Pinot Noir (5.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 178 ha. There are 93 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
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.
- Berthelot-Piot (RM)
- Bierry Père et Fils (RM)
- Boonen-Meunier Fils (RM), has 8 ha vineyards.
- Gérard Callot-Demy (RM)
- Fournier Thierry (RM), formerly written Fournier Th. on the labels, as well as Thierry Fourny on their website. Has 12 ha of vineyards.
- Gaillard de Syran (RC)
- J.P. Gaudinat Père et Fils (RC), has 12 ha of vineyards with 66% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir.
- Gaudinat-Boivin (RM), has about 6 ha of vineyards in Festigny, Leuvrigny, and Œuilly.
- Patrice Guay (RM), has 5 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir. Also sells Champagnes under the brand:
- Lelarge-Ducrocq (RC)
- Gérard Loriot (RM), has 7.5 ha of vineyards in Festigny (including Le Mesnil-le-Huttier) and Leuvrigny with 75% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir.
- Michel Loriot (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépedants and Les Mains du Terroir with 7 ha vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, and 2% Pinot Noir. Music is played for the bottles while they rest in the cellar – vieillissement en musique. Monodie en Meunier Majeur Vieilles Vignes is a vintage Champagne, 100% Pinot Meunier from a vineyard planted in 1942.
- Joseph Loriot-Pagel (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépedants (since 2000) and Generation Champagne, as well as a Special Club producer (since 2009). Has about 9 ha of vineyards in Festigny, Mareuil-le-Port, Nesles-le-Repons, Le Breuil, Avize, Cramant, and Oger with 66% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 70-75 000 bottles. Their Special Club is a 100% Pinot Meunier from Festigny. The first vintage was 2009, and it was launched in 2014, then as the second 100% Pinot Meunier Special Club. (The first was Moussé Fils in Cuisles, in the 2005 vintage.) The next vintage will be 2012.
- Christophe Mignon (RM), has 6.5 ha of vineyards from Le Breuil to Festigny with 90% Pinot Meunier, 5% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. Works with biodynamical methods, but don’t seem to use that label themselves. Also sells Champagnes under the brand:
- Eugène Prudhomme, also written E. Prudhomme
- Gaston Perrin (RM), has 5 ha of vineyards, all in Festigny, with 65% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir.
- Piot-Lefèvre (RM)
- Roulot-Fournier (RM), has 8.5 ha vineyards in Festigny with a majority of Pinot Meunier.
- Yannick Rousseaux (RM)
- Trudon (RM), has a bit more than 7 ha of vineyards in Festigny with 90% Pinot Meunier, 9% Pinot Noir, and 1% Chardonnay, and an annual production of about 50 000 bottles.
- Valli-Prévost (RC)
- Vautrain-Perrin (RM)
- Vély-Chartier Fils (RM), has 6 ha of vineyards with 85% Pinot Meunier.
- Vergeat-Besnard (RM)
Comment: the list may not be complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Festigny commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s village profile of Festigny.
- Terroir Tracker: Festigny on the blog of Jiles Halling, “My man in Champagne”.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015