Champagne village profile: Bassuet in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 89.8 hectares (221.9 acres), of which 95.9% Chardonnay, 3.3% Pinot Meunier, and 0.9% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Autre cru (85%)

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 Vitryat 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

Northeast: Bassu
Eastnortheast: Vavray-le-Petit
East: Vavray-le-Grand
South: Changy
West: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne
Northwest: Lisse-en-Champagne
Comment 1: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.
Comment 2: the missing links will be added when those profiles have been added.

Bassuet as seen from the north, with vineyards in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Bassuet is located about 9 km  to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. Bassuet has a more central location among the vine-growing villages, and has both the largest vineyard area and the largest concentration of Champagne producers among the Vitryat villages.

The Bassuet commune has a surface of 842 hectares and has 256 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Bachotains and Bachotaines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bassuet are located in the northern part of the commune as well as to the southeast of the village, and consist mostly of mild southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards to the north are located on a low ridge that also stretch into Bassu and Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne. The vineyards to the southeast are continuous with those in Vavray-le-Grand. Chardonnay dominates greatly in the vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Bassuet commune is 89.8 hectares (221.9 acres). There are 86.1 ha Chardonnay (95.9%), 3.0 ha Pinot Meunier (3.3%), and 0.8 ha Pinot Noir (0.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 58 hectares. There are 93 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards in the northern part of Bassuet. The village is visible in the distance in the left part of the frame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

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.

  • L’Hoste Père & Fils (NM, Facebook page), has 15 ha of vineyards with 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Bernard Lonclas (NM). The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular millésime composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier from old vines, and Vintage which is a blanc de blancs.

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.

  • H. Baty (RC, Facebook page)
  • Bolieu (RM, Facebook page), formerly Baffard-Ortillon-Beaulieu, a member of the small grower organisation Passion Chardonnay with 6.5 ha of vineyards. The name change to Bolieu took place on 1 April 2017, and the new name is a short form of the old “B…-O…-(Beau)lieu”. The producer code was formerly RC, but has been RM since at least 2014.
  • André Chauré (RM)
  • Jean-Louis Chauré (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with an annual production of 60 000 flaskor. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Dantan Oudit (RC), has 5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Glé-Flammang (RC)
  • Oudart-Ortillon (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

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 Vinicole La Renaissance is a cooperative in Bassuet.

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Champagne village profile: Changy in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 12.4 hectares (30.6 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat 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

Southwest: Merlaut
Westsouthwest: Vitry-en-Perthois
North: Bassuet
Northeast: Vavray-le-Grand
Comment 1: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.
Comment 2: the missing links will be added when those profiles have been added.

The village

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Kommunen Changys vapen. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (skapad av Yann Gwilhoù, 2008).

Changy is located about 8 km to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area.

The Changy commune has a surface of 626 hectares and has 116 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Camiciens and Camiciennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Changy are located in the northern part of the commune, close to the D982 road, and is situated on a mild southeast-facing slope. The vineyards are planted to Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Changy commune is 12.4 hectares (30.6 acres). There are 12.4 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 4 hectares. There are 36 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

There are information that Changy was accepted into the Champagne appellation only in the 1990s.

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.

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Champagne village profile: Merlaut in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 6.7 hectares (16.6 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat 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: Changy
Westsouthwest: Vitry-en-Perthois
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Entry to Merlaut from the south. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Merlaut is located about 7 km to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. The village is located close to the stream La Chée.

The Merlaut commune has a surface of 504 hectares and has 245 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Merlaudiers and Merlaudières.

The town hall (mairie) of Merlaut. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Merlaut are located in the northern part of the commune, at the D982 road and the border to the Changy commune. They are situated on a mild south-facing slope, and consist of Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Merlaut commune is 6.7 hectares (16.6 acres). There are 6.7 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 3 hectares. There are 19 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The stream La Chée at Merlaut. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any producer which has their seat in Merlaut.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Loisy-sur-Marne in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 5.8 hectares (14.3 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat 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

East: Couvrot
Eastsoutheast: Vitry-en-Perthois
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Loisy-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

Loisy-sur-Marne is located about 4 km northnorthwest of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area, close to the Canal latéral à la Marne.

The Loisy-sur-Marne commune has a surface of 1407 hectares and has 1085 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Loisyats and Loisyates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Loisy-sur-Marne contain Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Loisy-sur-Marne commune is 5.8 hectares (14.3 acres). There are 5.8 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 3 hectares. There are 9 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Street in Loisy-sur-Marne with the church (Église Saint-Juvin) in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

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.

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Champagne village profile: Couvrot in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 21.8 hectares (53.9 acres), of which 96.8% Chardonnay, 1.8% Pinot Meunier, and 1.4% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat 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

Eastsoutheast: Vitry-en-Perthois
West: Loisy-sur-Marne
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Couvrot. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MTOURE51, 2014).

The village

Couvrot is located about 4 km north of Vitry-le-François, the central town of the area, at the Canal latéral à la Marne.

The Couvrot commune has a surface of 805 hectares and has 885 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Couvrotiers and Couvrotières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Couvrot are located on low south-facing ridges in the centre of the commune. The vineyards are completely dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Couvrot commune is 21.8 hectares (53.9 acres). There are 21.1 ha Chardonnay (96.8%), 0.4 ha Pinot Meunier (1.8%), and 0.3 ha Pinot Noir (1.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 7 hectares. There are 27 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The church in Couvrot, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto MTOURE51, 2014).

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.

The Canal latéral à la Marne at Couvrot. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Maarten Sepp, 2011).

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Champagne village profile: Vitry-en-Perthois in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 61.7 hectares (152.5 acres), of which 95.1% Chardonnay, 2.9% Pinot Noir, and 1.9% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Autre cru (85%)

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 Vitryat 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

Northeast: Changy
Eastnortheast: Merlaut
Westnorthwest: Loisy-sur-Marne
Northwest: Couvrot
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Monument in Vitry-en-Perthois. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Sminiou, 2013).

Vitry-en-Perthois is a neighbour to Vitry-le-François, which is the central town if the area, and is located about 3 km from its centre.

The Vitry-en-Perthois commune has a surface of 1749 hectares and has 878 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Pavois and Pavoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Vitry-en-Perthois are located in the northwestern part of the commune, in a block that stretches across the border to Vavray-le-Petit. They consist of mild south- to southeast-facing slopes on a low ridge. The vineyards are completely dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Vitry-en-Perthois commune is 61.7 hectares (152.5 acres). There are 58.7 ha Chardonnay (95.1%), 1.8 ha Pinot Noir (2.9%), and 1.2 ha Pinot Meunier (1.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 54 hectares. There are 73 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards in Vitry-en-Perthois. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo ADT Marne, 2012).

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.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Villenauxe-la-Grande in the Sézannais

Key facts fakta

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 101.0 hectares (249.6 acres), of which 82% Chardonnay and 18% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 85%).

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 red-black dashed linje is the departemental borders between Aube (where Villenauxe-la-Grande is located), Marne (where Montgenost is located), and Seine-et-Marne (where Louan-Villegruis-Fontaine is located).


Google Maps view with the villages in the Sézannais 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

East: MontgenostComment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Villenauxe-la-Grande as seen from southwest along the D76 road. The vineyards visible beyond the village are located between Villenauxe-la-Grande and Montgenost. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2015).

The village

Villenauxe-la-Grande is a rather large village (more of a town) in the northwestern part of the Aube departement, on the border to Marne. The river Noxe runs through the village. Villenauxe-la-Grande is the last village to the southwest in the Sézannais area, and the only village in the are which is located in Aube. With the exception of Montgueux, all other Champagne villages in Aube are located in the southeastern part of the departement.

Villenauxe-la-Grande has more or less grown together with the village Dival, which is located north of Villenauxe-la-Grande itself, and which is part of the same commune.

The Villenauxe-la-Grande commune covers 1805 hectares and has 2745 inhabitants (as of  2014), referred to as Villenauxois and Villenauxoises.

The town hall (Hotel de ville) in Villenauxe-la-Grande. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2015).

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Villenauxe-la-Grande commune are located on both sides of the village, to the west and the east. The vineyards are continuous with those in Montgenost to the east. To a large part, they are situated on mild south-facing slopes, some of which vary to east- or southwest-facing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Villenauxe-la-Grande commune is 101.0 hectares (249.6 acres). There are 82.7 ha Chardonnay (81.9%) and 18.3 ha Pinot Noir (18.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 94 hectares. There are 90 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

According to information from the commune, Villenauxe-la-Grande was accepted into the Champagne appellation in 1970. However, the village has a much longer history of viticulture. In the early 19th century, there were about 300 vignerons, but progressively, other cultivation took over, and in the early 20th century viticulture disappeared due to the ravages of Phylloxera, the wine louse.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Villenauxe-la-Grande, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

The church in Dival, Église Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur, with vineyard in the background. These vineyards are the northernmost in the commune. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2019).

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.

  • Barrat-Masson (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants and Des pieds et des vins with 7 ha of vineyards with 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 13 000 bottles. Started conversion to organic cultivation in 2009, left the cooperative in 2010, and sold the first totally own Champagnes in 2013. The Champagnes are produced with modest yields, some oak barrel vinification, and are non-vintage.
  • Marie Copinet (RM, Facebook page), on the labels written Copinet Marie, member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisations Les Mains du Terroir, SECRAIE, and Terra Vitis. The vineyard holdings are 9 ha in Sézannais, Côte des Bar, and Vallée de la Marne. The producer has an origin in Jacques Copinet in Montgenost. Monsieur Léonard is a vintage blanc de blancs. Jardin is a series of non-vintage blanc de blancs from old vines that are sold with different level of dosage (currently 0-11 g/l) under different additional names.
  • François Oudard (Facebook page), on the labels written F. Oudard.
  • Michel Oudard (RM, Facebook page)
  • Frédéric Torchet (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation SECRAIE with 7 ha of vineyards, mostly in Villenauxe-la-Grande, but also in Essoyes and Les Riceys. The vineyards contain about 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. Started to sell their own Champagnes in 2004. The range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Villenauxe-la-Grande itself, Église Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2015).

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