Champagne village profile: Allemant in the Sézannais

diagram-allemant-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 65.3 hectares (161.4 acres), of which 59% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir, and 7% Pinot Meunier.
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, green indicates forest, and blue/purple is water and wetlands.


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: Broussy-le-Grand (part of the Val du Petit Morin area)
West: Broyes
Northwest: Mondement-Montgivroux (part of the Val du Petit Morin area)
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 remaining link will be added when the profiles of that village has been added.

The church in Allemant, Église Saint-Remi, pictured in 1878. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

The village

Allemant is located in the northeastern part of the Sézannais area, on rather flat ground.

The Allemant commune covers 1577 hectares and has 158 inhabitants (as of 2014) referred to as Allemantiots and Allemantiotes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Allemant commune is located immediately to the east and west of the village, on mild southwest- to southeast-facing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Allemant commune is 65.3 hectares (161.4 acres). There are 38.4 ha Chardonnay (58.8%), 22.3 ha Pinot Noir (34.2%), and 4.6 ha Pinot Meunier (7.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 65 ha. There are 43 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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 Allemant, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Allemant include Beauregard, Bezutelle, Le Grand Larry, and Les Granges, among others.

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.

  • Bernard Remy (NM), has 11 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier.

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.

  • Jérémy Breton (RC, Facebook page), has 2 ha of vineyards, of which 1 ha in the Sézannais, 0.6 ha in Congy, and 0.4 ha in the Vallée de la Marne.
  • Jean-Pierre Delong
  • Delong Marlène, a member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation SECRAIE, with 5.3 ha of vineyards in Allemant, Broyes, and Sézanne with 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir. The holding in Allemant includes the single vineyard sites Beauregard, Bezutelle, Le Grand Larry, and Les Granges.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Colombey-les-Deux-Églises in the Bar-sur-Aubois and the easternmost of all villages

diagram-colombey-les-deux-eglises-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 41.4 hectares (102.3 acres), of which 85% Pinot Pinot, 11% Chardonnay, and 4% 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 black and red line is the departemental border between Haute-Marne (where Colombey-les-Deux-Églises is located) and Aube. The map shows the borders of Colombey-les-deux-Églises (the current commune déléguée) before the merger on 1 January 2017.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Bar-sur-Aubois 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: Rizaucourt-Buchey
Northwest: Rouvres-les-Vignes
West: Lignol-le-Château

Vy över Colombey-les-Deux-Églises

View of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo OD02fr, 2011).

The village

Colombey-les-Deux-Églises is located in the western part of the Haute-Marne department, on the border to the Aube departement. Colombey-les-Deux-Églises is one of two villages within the Champagne appellation located in the Haute-Marne departement, and the easternmost of them. The other is the neighbouring village Rizaucourt-Buchey.

The suffix -les-Deux-Églises means “(with) two churches” and was added once upon a time to differentiate this village from several other villages called Colombey. One of these two churches was a monasterial church which was turned into a residential house following the French Revolution. Thus, despite its name this village only has had one church for quite some time. Several of the surrounding hamlets have their own churches, though, but they weren’t part of the deux.

On 1 January 2017, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises was merged with the neighbouring commune Lamothe-en-Blaisy to form the new commune Colombey les Deux Églises, which is explained below. This article focuses on Colombey-les-Deux-Églises per 31 December 2016.

Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (as it used to look) covers 7363 hectares and has 663 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Colombéens and Colombéennes.

Väggdekoration i turistbyrån i Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, med scener ur Charles de Gaulles liv.

Wall decoration in the tourism agency in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, featuring scenes from the life of Charles de Gaulle. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo KA PS, 2007).

Commune merger

On 1 January 2017, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises was merged with the smaller neighbouring commune Lamothe-en-Blaisy to form the new commune Colombey les Deux Églises. The only difference in name is that the hyphens no longer seems to be used. Lamothe-en-Blaisy is not located within the Champagne appelation. It can be noted that the merger strangely enough didn’t include Curmont, with only 12 inhabitants in 2014, which now is completely surrounded by Colombey les Deux Églises.

The old communes each still exist as a commune déléguée within the merged commune, which is of the type commune nouvelle. This is a rather new type of merged commune which means that some functions are kept within the communes déléguées, rather than the former communes completely disappearing in the merged commune.

An earlier merger took place in 1972, when seven other communes were merged into Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (their location in relation to the central village is indicated within parentheses): Argentolles (north, close; here some of the Champagne producers are located), Biernes (northnortheast, semi-close), Blaise (northeast, beyond Champcourt), Champcourt (northeast, beyond Harricourt), Harricourt (northnortheast, beyond Biernes), Pratz (northnortheast, close), and Lavilleneuve-aux-Fresnes (west, close to Lignol-le-Château). This led to Colombey-les-Deux-Églises having a larger surface than most other communes in this area. The merged former communes have each contributed a hamlet to the larger commune.

The merged commune Colombey les Deux Églises covers 8384 hectares and has 736 inhabitants (as of 2014 in the former communes).

Monument över Charles de Gaulle i Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto KA PS, 2004).

Monument to Charles de Gaulle in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo KA PS, 2004).

Charles de Gaulle

In 1934, Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) bought a property named La Brasserie in Colombey-les-deux-Églises, and renamed it La Boisserie. At this time he was a lieutenant colonel in the French army, and in World War II he became known as leader in exile of the Free French troops, and as the president of France 1959-1969.

de Gaulle often received guests in Colombey-les-deux-Églises, so he was strongly associated with this village already in his lifetime. He lived in Colombey-les-deux-Églises until his death in 1970, and is buried here. In 1972, a monument was erected in the village, shaped as a huge Cross of Lorraine. This type of cross was as a symbol by the Free French forces in World War II.

When de Gaulle lived in this area, small grower Champagne production in the Côte des Bars was less common than today, and in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises there weren’t any growers at all. A large proportion of the grapes produced in the Côte des Bars were instead bought by the Champagne houses in and around Reims and Épernay. A Champagne house in the Côte des Bars which did provide Champagnes to de Gaulle in his latter years was Drappier in Urville, about 20 km away.

La Bosserie, Charles de Gaulles tidigare egendom i Colombey-les-deux-Églises. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto Arnaud 25, 2009).

La Boisserie, the property bought by Charles de Gaulles in Colombey-les-deux-Églises. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Arnaud 25, 2009).

Vineyards

Most of the vineyards in the Colombey-les-Deux-Églises commune are gathered in a block to the northwest of the central village itself (to the west of Argentolles), and they are continuous with those in Rouvres-les-Vignes. There are also vineyards further to the north of the central village, close to the border to Rizaucourt-Buchey and the D233 road, also close to the hamlets Biernes and Harricourt. It is here we find the easternmost vineyards within the Champagne appellation, at 4°54’23” east. A large portion of the vineyards are situated on mild south- to southwest-facing slopes. En stor del av vingårdarna utgörs av milda syd- till sydvästsluttningar. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Colombey-les-Deux-Églises commune is 41.4 hectares (102.3 acres). There are 35.2 ha Pinot Pinot (85.0%), 4.5 ha Chardonnay (10.9%), and 1.7 ha Pinot Meunier (4.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 37 ha. There are 8 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The first plantation rights in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises (or more precisely in Argentolles) were handed out in 1973, at least in the modern era. The same thing goes for the neighbouring commune, Rizaucourt-Buchey.

Future expansion plans

In the expansion proposed for the Champagne wine region/appellation with 40 new communes (on top of the current 319, while 2 are removed), two of the villages are Champcourt and Harricourt, which are part of the Colombey-les-Deux-Églises commune since 1972. Therefore, the proposal is slightly strange, since all other proposed villages are communes of their own.

My interpretation is therefore that the proposal means that new areas within  Colombey-les-Deux-Églises will be allowed vineyards in the future. The hamlets Harricourt and Champcourt are located in the northern part of the Colombey-les-Deux-Églises commune, straight east of Rizaucourt-Buchey along the D233 road. Champcourt is the easternmost of the two, and further to the east than those parts of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises where there are vineyards today. This means that the easternmost Champagne vineyards will move slightly to the east once the expansion has finished. Champcourt is located at 4°57′ east.

Kyrkan i småbyn Harricourt, Église Saint-Rémy. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The church in Harricourt, Église Saint-Rémy. Harricourt is a hamlet within the Colombey-les-Deux-Églises commune since 1972, and is one of the villages proposed to get new vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

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 Gouthière & Fils (RM), see Saulcy. Also has an address in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.
  • Mocquart-Esmard (RM), with the addition Jean-Pierre & Fils on the label, a member of Vignerons Indépedants with just under 6 ha of vineyards and an annual production of close to 45 000 bottles.
    History
    In 1973, the first plantation rights for vineyards in Argentolles were handed out. Roger Moquart and his son Jean-Pierre Moquart, who formerly had 0.6 ha in Lignol-le-Château, then moved here, planted the first vineyards and stated that they became the first full-time vine growers of Haute-Marne.
  • Christian Péligri (RM), has just over 11 ha of vineyards in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Dolancourt, and Vindey. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Chardonnay (at least in the 2010 and 2011 vintages). Link to a French TV clip (no subtitles) from the 2011 harvest at this producer’s.
  • Voillequin-Esmard (RM), has 2 ha of vineyards in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises and Rizaucourt-Buchey.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

  • Cellier de Saint-Vicent in Argentolles presents and sells Champagnes from small growers in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises och Rizaucourt-Buchey and has a small museum.
Monument över Charles de Gaulle i Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto KA PS, 2004).

The church in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Église Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, with the tomb of Charles de Gaulles in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Mathieudu68, 2014).

Links

Video clips

Presentation of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises from a French TV show (French audio, no subtitles):

Below, British comedians Flanders and Swann perform their 1963 song All Gall about Charles de Gaulle, where one of the lines mentions Colombey-les-Deux-Églises. The background was that United Kingdom’s application to the EEC (the forerunner of the EU) just had been stopped by a veto from France and de Gaulle, which meant that he was a prime target for saitre.

In the world of wine, Flanders and Swann is probably most known for their Have Some Madeira M’dear.

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Champagne village profile: Rouvres-les-Vignes in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-rouvres-les-vignes-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 101.1 hectares (249.8 acres), of which 77% Pinot Pinot, 13% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and 0.1% 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 black and red line is the departemental border between Aube (where Rouvres-les-Vignes is located) and Haute-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Bar-sur-Aubois 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: Saulcy
Northeast: Rizaucourt-Buchey
East: Colombey-les-Deux-Églises
South: Lignol-le-Château
Northwest: Colombé-le-Sec

Kyrkan i Rouvres-les-Vignes, Église Saint-Maurice. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The church in Rouvres-les-Vignes, Église Saint-Maurice. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Rouvres-les-Vignes is located on the right bank of the Aube river. The village is situated about 4.5 km from the river.

The Rouvres-les-Vignes commune covers 828 hectares and has 108 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Bougelains and Bougelaines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Rouvres-les-Vignes are gathered in the northern part of the commune, close to the village. A large part of the vineyards are located on mild south- and southeast-facing slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Rouvres-les-Vignes commune is 101.1 hectares (249.8 acres). There are 77.6 ha Pinot Pinot (76.8%), 13.1 ha Pinot Meunier (13.0%), 10.3 ha Chardonnay (10.2%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 90 ha. There are 34 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Rouvres-les-Vignes include the following, among others:

  • Val Cornet, a mild sotheast-facing slope to the northeast of the village, located next to the D47 road, that stretches all the way to the commune border to Saulcy. Nathalie Falmet produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard.

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.

  • Marillier Claude (NM).

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.

  • Claude Bernard (RM, Facebook page), has 4.5 ha of vineyards with 74% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 11% Pinot Meunier.
  • Jean-Guy Chrétien (RC, Facebook page, blog), has 4.8 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Bruno Dosne
  • Falmet (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne released under the names Marion and Orianna. The company name is Théret Patricia – Falmet Marcel.
  • Joël Falmet (RM), has vineyards with 67% Pinot Noir, 17% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 1% Petit Meslier. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Michel Falmet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 3.4 ha of vineyards, of which 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Meunier. The annual production is about 25 000 bottles after 30% of the harvest is sold to major Champagne houses (including Veuve Clicquot and Drappier). The vintage Champagne is composed of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay (refers to the 2010 vintage). Also sells Champagne under the brand Falmet-Collot, including the vintage Champagne (the 2006 vintage is composed of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay).
  • Nathalie Falmet (Facebook-sida), has 3.5 ha of vineyards and is a member of the small grower group Origines Champagne. Started to sell Champagnes under the own name is 2009. Terra is vinified in an amphora. The first top Champagne is the vineyard-designated Le Val Cornet, which is a blend of Pinot Noir (about 80%) and Pinot Meunier (about 20%), and is partly oak barrel-vinified. In 2015, Parcelle ZH302 was added, an oak barrel-vinified 100% Pinot Meunier from a plot within Le Val Cornet. The name is taken from the designation of the parcel on the cadastre map. Later, Parcelle ZH303 and Parcelle ZH318 have also been added to the range.
  • Philippe Legout (RM), has 7.2 ha of vineyards, of which 5.5 ha Pinot Noir, 1.3 ha Chardonnay, and 0.4 ha Pinot Meunier. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Claude Perrard (RC, Facebook page), has 5 ha of vineyards.
  • Jean-Guy Viot (Facebook page)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Lignol-le-Château in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-lignol-le-chateau-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 45.6 hectares (112.7 acres), of which 89% Pinot Pinot, 6% Pinot Meunier, 5% Chardonnay, and 0.7% 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 black and red line is the departemental border between Aube (where Lignol-le-Château is located) and Haute-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Bar-sur-Aubois 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: Colombé-le-Sec
Northeast: Rouvres-les-Vignes
East: Colombey-les-Deux-Églises
Northwest: Voigny

Kyrkan i Lignol-le-Château, Église Saint-Sylvestre. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The church in Lignol-le-Château, Église Saint-Sylvestre. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Lignol-le-Château is located on the right bank of the Aube river. The village is situated about 2.5 km from the river.

The Lignol-le-Château commune covers 2185 hectares and has 197 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Lignolais and Lignolaises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Lignol-le-Château are mostly located to the south and northwest of the village. A large portion of the vineyards are located on mild south-facing slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Lignol-le-Château commune is 45.6 hectares (112.7 acres). There are 40.4 ha Pinot Pinot (88.6%), 2.8 ha Pinot Meunier (6.1%), 2.1 ha Chardonnay (4.6%), and 0.3 ha others (0.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 42 ha. There are 28 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.

  • Mehlinger & Fils (RM), a member of Terra Vitis. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Jean-Bernard Mocquart
  • Bernard Piot (RM)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Rizaucourt-Buchey in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-rizaucourt-buchey-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 36.5 hectares (90.2 acres), of which 82% Pinot Pinot, 9% Chardonnay, 9% Pinot Meunier, and 0.3% 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 black and red line is the departemental border between Haute-Marne (where Rizaucourt-Buchey is located) and Aube.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Bar-sur-Aubois 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 and south: Colombey-les-Deux-Églises
Southwest: Rouvres-les-Vignes
West: Saulcy

Gata i Rizaucourt-Buchey.

Street in Rizaucourt-Buchey. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Rizaucourt-Buchey is located at the stream La Bierne in the western part of the Haute-Marne department, on the border to the Aube departement. Rizaucourt-Buchey is one of two villages within the Champagne appellation located in the Haute-Marne departement, and the second easternmost. The other is Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, the neighbouring village which is the easternmost of all Champagne villages.

The former communes Rizaucourt and Buchey were merged in 1972. Rizaucourt is in the middle of the present-day commune (at the vineyards) and Buchey in the southeastern part.

The Rizaucourt-Buchey commune covers 1507 hectares and has 121 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Rizaucourtois and Rizaucourtoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Rizaucourt-Buchey are locate to the west and east of the village, gathered in a strip with some non-vineyard holes. The direction of slope varies. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Rizaucourt-Buchey commune is 36.5 hectares (90.2 acres). There are 30.0 ha Pinot Pinot (82.2%), 3.2 ha Chardonnay (8.8%), 3.2 ha Pinot Meunier (8.8%), and 0.1 ha others (0.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 31 ha. There are 10 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The first plantation rights in Rizaucourt-Buchey (or more precisely in Rizaucourt) were handed out in 1973, at least in the modern era. The same thing goes for the neighbouring commune, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.

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.

  • Daubanton & Fils (NM, Facebook page), has 4 ha of vineyards in Rizaucourt-Buchey, Argentolles, and Dolancourt with 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Menier, and 20% Chardonnay. Cuvée Victorien is a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Pinot Noir.

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.

  • Nicolas Bass
  • Godin-Schuester (RM), has 3.5 ha of vineyards including a plot of Chardonnay in the grand cru village Chouilly, planted in 1929. Grapes from this plot are used in a vintage blanc de blancs and in some other special cuvées.
  • Hervé Hudelet (RC), has 4.3 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Olivier Parpette

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

  • Cellier de Saint-Vicent in Argentolles (in the neighbouring communeColombey-les-Deux-Églises) presents and sells Champagnes from small growers in Rizaucourt-Buchey and Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, and has a small museum.
Église Sainte-Colombe

One of two churches in Rizaucourt-Buchey, Église Sainte-Colombe. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

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Champagne village profile: Saulcy in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-saulcy-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 26.9 hectares (66.5 acres), of which 74% Pinot Pinot, 16% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and 1.1% 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 black and red line is the departemental border between Aube (where Saulcy is located) and Haute-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Bar-sur-Aubois 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: Rizaucourt-Buchey
Southsouthwest: Rouvres-les-Vignes
Southwest: Colombé-le-Sec
Westsouthwest: Colombé-la-Fosse (mainly beyond a strip of Colombé-le-Sec)

Kyrkan i Saulcy, Église Saint-Brice. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The church in Saulcy, Église Saint-Brice. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Saulcy is located at the stream l’Œillet in the eastern part of the Aube departement, on the border to the Haute-Marne department.

The Saulcy commune covers 1139 hectares and has 77 inhabitants (as of 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saulcy are spread out to the west, east, and south of the village. The direction of slope varies. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Saulcy commune is 26.9 hectares (66.5 acres). There are 19.8 ha Pinot Pinot (73.6%), 4.2 ha Pinot Meunier (15.6%), 2.6 ha Chardonnay (9.7%), and 0.3 ha others (1.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 24 ha. There are 16 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.

  • James Geoffroy (RC, Facebook page), has 6 ha of vineyards.
  • Charles Gouthière & Fils (RM, older website), has vineyards in Argentolles, Arsonval, Colombé-le-Sec, Montier-en-l’Isle, Rizaucourt, and Saulcy. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Richard Huguenin (RM)
  • Koechlin (RM, Facebook page), whose website is entirely in Dutch. Also has a Youtube channel featuring Champagne recepies.
  • Moniot-Lévêque (RC)
  • Laurent Mougin (RM)
  • Olivier Mougin (RM)
  • Claude Parisot (RC), has also supplied bottles to Benjamin Breton (an MA = marque d’acheteur, buyer’s brand).

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Colombé-le-Sec in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-colombe-le-sec-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 145.8 ha (360.3 acres), of which 70% Pinot Pinot, 17% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Meunier, and 0.7% 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 black and red line is the departemental border between Aube (where Colombé-le-Sec is located) and Haute-Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Bar-sur-Aubois 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: Colombé-la-Fosse
Northeast: Saulcy
Southeast: Rouvres-les-Vignes
South: Lignol-le-Château
Southwest: Voigny

En gata i Colombé-le-Sec.

A street in Colombé-le-Sec. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Colombé-le-Sec is located on the right bank of the Aube river, at the stream La Bresse which empties into Aube just downstream of Bar-sur-Aube.

The Colombé-le-Sec commune covers 878 hectares and has 151 inhabitants (as of 2014).

Vineyards

A large proportion of the vineyards in Colombé-le-Sec are located in an east-west strip immediately to the north of the village, and the rest are spread out to the southeast, south, and southwest of the village. The direction of slope varies, but includes a large proportion of south-facing slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Colombé-le-Sec commune is 145.8 hectares (360.3 acres). There are 102.0 ha Pinot Pinot (70.0%), 24.8 ha Chardonnay (17.0%), 18.0 ha Pinot Meunier (12.3%), and 1.0 ha others (0.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 137 ha. There are 44 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.

  • Bernard Breuzon (NM), has 13 ha of vineyards.

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.

  • Hubert Boulachin (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Christophe (RM)
  • Cornevin & Fils, has 8.7 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • René Dosne (RM), with the company name Les Fleurottes.
  • Gilbert Jacquinot (RC)
  • Jérôme Jacquinot, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage). Not to be confused with Jacquinot & Fils in Épernay.
  • Monial, has vineyards with 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay and stores their bottles in a cellar which belonged to a Cistercian monastery. The different cuvées have Latin names.
  • Jean-Guy Renet (RM?), also written J G Renet, is a member of Terra Vitis. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Soret-Devaux (RM), has 7 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage) and an oak barrel-vinified Blanc de Noirs.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Former producers

  • Camille Paradis & Fils, also written C. Paradis & Fils, has merged with Jacky Nicolo to form Nicolo & Paradis which is located in Arsonval.

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 Colombé-le-Sec et environs is a cooperative in Colombé-le-Sec with 59 members with a total of 110 ha of vineyards.
    History
    The cooperative was founded in 1956 by 22 vine growers with 18 ha of vineyards in Colombé-le-Sec, Colombé-la-Fosse, and Saulcy. Members in Rouvres-les-Vignes and Lignol-le-Château were soon added, and the first own Champagnes were sold in 1972. The brand Charles Clément takes its name from one of the founders.

    Their own Champagnes are sold under the brand:

    • Charles Clément, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2004 vintage).
Kyrkan i Colombé-le-Sec, Église Saint-Martin.

The church in Colombé-le-Sec, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

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