Champagne village profile: Chacenay in the Barséquanais

Diagram Chacenay 201510Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 68.9 hectares (170.3 acres), of which 95.5% Pinot Noir, 3.3% Chardonnay, and 1.2% others, including Pinot Blanc.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
Also known as: Chacenay d’Arce

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


Google Maps view with the villages in the Barséquanais highlighted.

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Neighbouring villages

Northnortheast: Éguilly-sous-Bois
Southeast: Noé-les-Mallets
Southsouthwest: Loches-sur-Ource
Southwest: Viviers-sur-Artaut
Northwest: Chervey
Northnorthwest: Bertignolles
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The village

Chacenay is located in the southeastern part of the Aube departement, at the small stream Le Paquis which empties into Arce in the neighbouring commune Bertignolles. Chacenay can therefore counted as part of the Arce valley, la Vallée de l’Arce.

The Chacenay commune covers 780 hectares and has 48 inhabitants (as of 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Chacenay are partly located in the northern part of the commune, directly at the village, and partly in the southern part of the commune, in a narrow strip of land located between Noé-les-Mallets and Loches-sur-Ource. (The vineyards in te southern part of the commune are located in the Ource valley rather than in the Arce valley.) Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Chacenay commune is 68.9 hectares (170.3 acres). There are 65.8 ha Pinot Noir (95.5%), 2.3 ha Chardonnay (3.3%), and 0.8 ha others (1.2%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 67 ha. There are 22 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Le Val de Loches is a west-facing site in the southern part of the commune, located on the strip between Loches-sur-Ource and Noé-les-Mallets, located around the D103 road.

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any Champagne producer with a seat in Chacenay.

Drawing of Château de Chacenay from around 1850. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

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Champagne village profile: Noé-les-Mallets in the Barséquanais

Diagram Noé-les-Mallets 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 192.0 hectares (474.4 acres), of which 89% Pinot Noir, 9.4% Chardonnay, 0.3% Pinot Meunier, and 1.5% others, including Pinot Blanc.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
The village was previously written: Noë-les-Mallets

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 Barséquanais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile (if it exists).

Neighbouring villages

North: Vitry-le-Croisé
East: Saint-Usage
Southeast: Fontette
South: Essoyes
Southwest: Loches-sur-Ource
West: Chacenay
Northnorthwest: Éguilly-sous-Bois
Comment: the remaining links will be added when the profiles of those villages have been posted.

The village

Noé-les-Mallets is located in the southeastern part of the Aube department, at the stream Ru de Noé which empties into Ource in the neighbouring commune Loches-sur-Ource. Noé-les-Mallets can therefore be counted as part of the Ource Valley, la Vallée de la Ource.

The Noé-les-Mallets commune covers 833 hectares and has 112 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Caquots and Caquottes.

Noé-les-Mallets used to be written Noë-les-Mallets, with ë rather than é. The official change from tréma to accent aigu took place 22 March 2011, following an application of the commune on 7 July 2009.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Noé-les-Mallets are spread out over the commune, on several hills and low ridges. The slopes of the vineyards vary, and Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Noé-les-Mallets commune is 192.0 hectares (474.4 acres). There are 170.5 ha Pinot Noir (88.8%), 18.0 ha Chardonnay (9.4%), 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (0.3%), and 2.9 ha övrigt (1.5%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 159 ha. There are 40 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Champ Rayé is a west- to southwest-facing site northwest of the village. To the west, across a strip of flatter and vineyard-free land, it borders to Chante Merle. The name, “the striped field”, apparently derives from the two types of differently coloured marl soils found here. Piollot Père & Fils in Polisot has Chardonnay in this site, used to produce their Champs Rayé, together with grapes from Derrière le Bois (de Réserve?).
  • Chante Merle is an east-facing site northwest of the village. To the east, across a strip of flatter and vineyard-free land, it borders to Champ Rayé. Veuve Dousset’s two still wines has the name of this vineyard site on the label.
  • Derrière le Bois de Réserve is a south-facing vineyard site northeast of the village. Piollot Père & Fils in Polisot has Chardonnay here, see Champ Rayé above.

Champagne producers

Champagne house/négociant

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.

  • Veuve Doussot (NM). Ernestine is a vintage cuvée composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The top cuvée Memory is a vintage Champagne composed of a majority of Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir. L by VD is a non-vintage blanc de noirs (100% Pinot Noir) shipped as Brut Nature in a bottle with a metal label. The range also includes two still wines (Coteaux Champenois), a white and a red. Both mentions “Chante Merle” on the label, which is the name of a single vineyard site in Noé-les-Mallets, but the producer doesn’t mention anything about the origin on their website. See also the two video clips below. The company name is Chatet. Produces also Champagne using the brand:
    • Joly de Trébuis

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.

  • Louise Brison (RM), has 13 ha of vineyards. Uses oak barrel vinification for Chardonnay (entirely) and in the vintage Champagnes also for Pinot Noir. The regular vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Tendresse is a vintage blanc de blancs (100% Chardonnay). Older vintages are sold under the name Légende. The company name is Brulez.
  • Cordeuil (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards in Noé-les-Mallets, Fontette, and Ville-sur-Arce with 6.5 ha Pinot Noir, 2.25 ha Chardonnay, and 0.25 ha Pinot Blanc. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Drouilly LV (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards and a good quality reputation. The Champagnes are formally non-vintage but usually originates from a single vintage.
  • Foissy-Joly (RM), has 7.5 ha of vineyards in Noé-les-Mallets and Essoyes. Cuvée Prestige is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 2011 vintage). Coup de Coeur is a non-vintage cuvée composed of 60% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir.
  • Petit-Camusat (RM), who only produces a single Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, which is a non-vintage 100% Pinot Blanc from old vines in Celles-sur-Ource and Essoyes. Many other varietal Pinot Blanc Champagnes are produced in the Côte des Bar, but as far as I know Petit-Camus is the only Champagne producer in the entire region who doesn’t include any of the three common grape variety in their Champagne(s)!
  • Claude Thévenin et Fils (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

A cadole, a “stone hut” in Noé-les-Mallets. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2011).

Video clips

A video with a news feature from the 2013 harvest at Veuve Doussot and tourist visits in connection with this. French audio, no subtitles.

A news feature about trials at Veuve Doussot using small electric cars for tours of the vineyards in 2012. Some of the vineyards are also seen from the middle of the video clip. French audio (partly with a pronounced Flemish accent), no audio.

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Champagne village profile: Fontette in the Barséquanais

Diagram Fontette 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 177.4 hectares (438.4 acres), of which 88% Pinot Noir, 9% Chardonnay, 0.8% Pinot Meunier, and 2.0% others.
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. The dashed red lines are the departmental borders between Aube (where Fontette is located) and Haute-Marne (where Villars-en-Azois is located).


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Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

North: Saint-Usage
Southeast: Cunfin
Southwest: Verpillières-sur-Ource
West: Essoyes
Northwest: Noé-les-Mallets
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Orten

Fontette is located in the southeastern part of the Aube department.

The Fontette commune covers 1936 hectares and has 187 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Fontettois and Fontettoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Fontette are located in the western part of the commune. The vineyards are situated on slopes and low ridges as continuations of the vineyards in Essoyes. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Fontette commune is 177.4 hectares (438.4 acres). There are 156.4 ha Pinot Noir (88.2%), 15.9 ha Chardonnay (9.0%), 1.5 ha Pinot Meunier (0.8%), and 3.6 ha others (2.0%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 153 ha. In 1882, before Phylloxera struck, the surface was 140 ha. (In many other villages the cultivated vineyard surface is smaller today than in pre-Phylloxera times, see Neuville-sur-Seine.)  There are today 73 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.

  • Lhuillier (NM), has just over 20 ha of vineyards. The annual production is about 250 000-300 000 bottles. Older bottles has an RM producer code. Lhuillier has a museum with older winemaking equipment.
  • Cristian Senez (NM), has about 30 ha of their own vineyards and has an annual production of 500 000 bottles. The regular vintage Champagne Brut Millésime is composed of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir, and Brut Millésime Grande Réserve is composed of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. The vintage rosé is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Among the vintage Champagnes, many larger format bottles and some older vintages are usually available. The range includes two still red Coteaux Champenois, one of which is called Réserve.

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.

  • Paul Josselin (RC)
  • Lautrey-Jolly (RC)
  • Ludinard-Robert (RC)
  • Jacques Ribault (RC)
  • Robert-Celle (RC)

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.

  • Coopérative de Fontette is a cooperative founded in 1952 with just over 140 members with almost 330 ha of vineyards with 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay. (In 1977, numbers were just under 100 members and 280 ha.) Must and base wine corresponding to 140 ha of vineyards is sold to the large houses. About 850 000 bottles are delivered annually to the major cooperatives Union Auboise (in Bar-sur-Seine) and Alliance Champagne (in Reims, with the brand Jacquart). The production facility in Fontette was supplemented in 2009 with a new facility in the neigbouring village Essoyes. Since 1993, the cooperative’s own Champagnes are sold under the brand:
    • Charles Collin, which was named for the founder of the cooperative. The annual production under this brand is about 100 000 bottles. On the non-vintage side the Champagnes of the regular Charles Collin range are Pinot Noir-dominated, while those called Cuvée Charles are Chardonnay-dominated. The vintage version of Charles Collin is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2002 vintage), while the vintage Cuvée Charles has varied: 100% Chardonnay in the 2002 vintage and 95% Ch/5% PN in the 2007 vintage. La Belle Gabrielle is a partly (10-15%) oak barrel-vinified cuvée composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir.

Video clips

This video primarily shows a combine harvester on the crop fields close to the village, but (particularly in the beginning) also includes images of the vineyards in Fontette and the local landscape in general.

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Champagne village profile: Cunfin in the Barséquanais

Diagram Cunfin 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 25.6 ha (63.3 acres), of which 94.9% Pinot Noir, 2.7% Chardonnay, and 2.3% Pinot Meunier.
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. The dashed red lines are the departmental borders between Aube (where Cunfin is located), Côte-d’Or (where Autricourt and Riel-les-Eaux are located), and Haute-Marne (where Villars-en-Azois and Lanty-sur-Aube are located).


Google Maps view with the villages in the Barséquanais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile (if it exists).

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

West: Verpillières-sur-Ource
Northwest: Fontette

View from Cunfin. The stone with the rooster is a monument to those who fell in World War I. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2008).

The village

Cunfin is located in the southeastern part of the Aube department, at the small river Le Landion which empties into Ource in the neighbouring commune Verpillières-sur-Ource. Cunfin can therefore be counted as part of the Ource Valley, la Vallée de l’Ource.

Cunfin is one of the southernmost communes in the Aube department, and borders in the south to three communes in the Côte-d’Or department, and in the east to two communes in Haute-Marne. At these departmental borders, the Champagne wine region also ends.

The Cunfin commune covers 3312 hectares and has 191 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Cunfinois and Cunfinoises.

The church in Cunfin. Picture linked from  Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2008).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Cunfin are located directly at the village, as well as in a block a bit further to the west. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Cunfin commune is 25.6 hectares (63.3 acres). There are 24.3 ha Pinot Noir (94.9%), 0.7 ha Chardonnay (2.7%), and 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (2.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 17 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.

  • Charles Dugne (RM), has 3.06 ha of vineyards, of which 2.30 ha in Fontette and 0.76 ha in Cunfin.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Postcard from the early 20th century, showing the railroad station in Cunfin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

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Champagne village profile: Verpillières-sur-Ource in the Barséquanais

Diagram Verpillières-sur-Ource 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 75.3 hectares (186.1 acres), of which 92% Pinot Noir, 6% Chardonnay, 0.8% Pinot Meunier, and 0.8% others.
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. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Aube (where Verpillières-sur-Ource is located) and Côte-d’Or (where Grancey-sur-Ource is located).


Google Maps view with the villages in the Barséquanais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile (if it exists).

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

West and north: Essoyes
Northeast: Fontette
East: Cunfin

The village

The church in Verpillières-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Siren-Com, 2010).

Verpillières-sur-Ource is located at the Ource river, on its right bank, which means north of the river. The area around Ource is referred to as the Ource valley, la Vallée de l’Ource.

Verpillières-sur-Ource is located the furthest upstream along Ource of all villages within the Champagne appellation. Verpillières-sur-Ource is one of the southernmost communes in the Aube departement, and borders in the south to the Grancey-sur-Ource commune in the Côte-d’Or department.

The Verpillières-sur-Ource commune covers 1793 hectares and has 115 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Daglins and Daglines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Verpillières-sur-Ource are located to the northeast of the village, in two blocks at different distance from the village. The more distant block is continuous with the vineyards in Fontette. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Verpillières-sur-Ource commune is 75.3 hectares (186.1 acres). There are 69.5 ha Pinot Noir (92.3%), 4.6 ha Chardonnay (6.1%), 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (0.8%), and 0.6 ha others (0.8%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 21 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: the list may be incomplete.

Postcard from the early 20th century, depicting the railroad station in Verpillières-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

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Champagne village profile: Essoyes in the Barséquanais

Diagram Essoyes 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 498.4 hectares (1231.6 acres), of which 86% Pinot Noir, 11% Chardonnay, 2.4% Pinot Meunier, and 1.0% others, including Pinot Blanc.
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. The dashed red lines are the departmental borders between Aube (where Essoyes is located) and respectively Côte-d’Or (where Grancey-sur-Ource and Autricourt are located) and Haute-Marne (in the east).


Google Maps view with the villages in the Barséquanais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile (if it exists).

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

North: Chacenay
Northnortheast: Noé-les-Mallets
Northeast: Fontette
Southeast: Verpillières-sur-Ource
Southsouthwest: Mussy-sur-Seine
Southsouthwest: Plaines-Saint-Lange
Southwest: Courteron
Southwest: Gyé-sur-Seine
West: Loches-sur-Ource
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Essoyes and a bridge over Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2009).

The village

Essoyes is located at the Ource river. The area around Ource is referred to as the Ource valley, la Vallée de l’Ource.

The Essoyes commune covers 3557 hectares and has 754 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Essoyens respektive Essoyennes.

Impressionist painter Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) had a house in Essoyes, as well as a studio he used in summertime.

The impressive town hall (Hotel de ville) of Essoyes. The building is called Maison d’Auguste Hériot, was donated to the commune, and also houses a school. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Essoyes is located both north and south of Ource. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Essoyes commune is 498.4 hectares (1231.6 acres). There are 427.8 ha Pinot Noir (85.8%), 54.0 ha Chardonnay (10.8%), 11.8 ha Pinot Meunier (2.4%), and 4.8 ha others (1.0%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 399 ha. There are 69 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Avalon, a south-facing site with a mild slope in the southwestern part of the commune, immediately south of the D70 road, on the border to Courteron. Charles Dufour in Landreville has 0.635 ha in this vineyard, planted to Chardonnay, and produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from here.
  • Les Cognaux, a southsoutheast-facing site in the northern part of the commune. The soil is deep clay and grey marl. Ruppert-Leroy produces vineyard-designated Champagnes from this site, using Pinot Noir.
  • La Fosse, a southsoutheast-facing site with a mild slope in the northeastern part of the commune. Borders in the north to Bas de Grely and Grely. The soil is red clay on limestone. Ruppert-Leroy produces vineyard-designated Champagnes from this site and from Grely, using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, under the vineyard name Fosse-Grely.
  • Grely, a southsoutheast-facing site with a mild slope in the northeastern part of the commune, on the border to Fontette. Borders in the south to the La Fosse and in the west to Bas de Grely.  The soil is red clay on limestone. Ruppert-Leroy produces vineyard-designated Champagnes from this site and from La Fosse, using Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, under the vineyard name Fosse-Grely.

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.

  • Philippe Guenin (RC), has 17 ha of vineyards.
  • Thierry Mercuzot (RM), has vineyards with 85% Pinot Noir, 13% Chardonnay, and 7% Pinot Meunier. The company name is Val De Sault.
  • Ruppert-Leroy (RM), has 4 ha of vineyards in Essoyes. Received organic certification (AB) in 2013 and biodynamic certification (Démeter) in 2014. The entire current range consists of vineyard-designated Champagnes from four vineyard sites, in some cases in two different versions with the same origin, and are Brut Nature (without dosage). Vinification takes place in oak barrels including larger barrels/vats. Fosse-Grely is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from the two neighbouring sites La Fosse and Grely. Fosse-Grely Autrement is a 100% Pinot Noir with sulfur, i.e., is a “natural wine”. Les Cognaux is a 100% Pinot Noir. Saignée des Cognaux is a rosé de saignée from 100% Pinot Noir. Martin Fontaine is a 100% Chardonnay.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Spring in Essoyes, a painting in typical impressionist style by Auguste Renoir from about 1900. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons. The original is part of the collections at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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Champagne village profile: Loches-sur-Ource in the Barséquanais

Diagram Loches-sur-Ource 201510Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 329.1 hectares (813.2 acres), of which 85% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier, and 0.9% others, including Pinot Blanc.
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 Barséquanais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile (if it exists).

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

Northnortheast: Chacenay
Northeast: Noé-les-Mallets
East: Essoyes
Southwest: Courteron
Southwest: Gyé-sur-Seine
West: Landreville
Northnorthwest: Viviers-sur-Artaut

The village

Loches-sur-Ource is located along the Ource river, on its right bank, which means north/east of the river. The surrounding area is called the Ource valley, la Vallée de l’Ource.

The Loches-sur-Ource commune covers 1371 hectares and has 365 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Lochois and Lochoises.

Roman bridge over Ource in Loches-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2009).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Loches-sur-Ource are primarily located north of the Ource river (on its right bank), spread over several hills and small valleys. A smaller part of the vineyards are located south of the river. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Loches-sur-Ource commune is 329.1 hectares (813.2 acres). There are 279.2 ha Pinot Noir (84.8%), 39.6 ha Chardonnay (12.0%), 7.3 ha Pinot Meunier (2.2%), and 3.0 ha others (0.9%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 268 ha. There are 73 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Vineyard sites in Loches-sur-Ource include, among others:

  • On the right bank of Ource (north): Le Rupt.

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.

  • Amyot (RM)
  • Celce-Legrain (RC, Facebook page)
  • Dautel-Cadot (RM), has vineyards in Loches-sur-Ource, Noé-les-Mallets, and Chacenay. Carte Blanche is a vintage blanc de blancs from 100% Chardonnay, Cuvée Élégance is a 100% Pinot Blanc.
  • Alain Doussot (RC)
  • Poinsot Frères (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Richardot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 12 ha of vineyards, with 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Héritage is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. JJJ is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir originating from the vineyard site Val Sévrier et le Paon.
  • Tassin (RM), has vineyards in Loches-sur-Ource, Celles-sur-Ource, Landreville, and Essoyes.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Postcard from the early 20th century showing the railway station in Loches-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

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