Champagne village profile: Mutigny in the Grande Vallée de la Marne

Diagram Mutigny 201503Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Vallée de la Marne / Grande Vallée de la Marne
Vineyards and grape varieties: 101.5 hectares (250.8 acres), of which 81% Pinot Noir, 13% Pinot Meunier, and 7% Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (93%)
Noted for: South- and east-facing slopes with Pinot Noir.

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 indicates other open terrain, and green is forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Grande Vallée de la Marne highlighted. The grand cru village is in green, and the premier cru villages are in yellow.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

Southwest: Aÿ (grand cru)
South: Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (premier cru)
East: Avenay-Val-d’Or (premier cru)

The church of Mutigny, Église Saint-Martin de Mutigny, surrounded by vineyards in autumn colours. The picture is linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo by B-noa, 2008).

The village

Mutigny is located in the slope above Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, and there is more forests than vineyards within its borders.

The Mutigny commune consists of 375 hectares and counts 204 inhabitants (as of 2013), known as Mutignats and Mutignates. The population in this small village is increasing; in 1990 there were 173 inhabitants. I assume this is because there is non-vineyard land in the commune, which should make it possible to build new houses.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Mutigny have a somewhat varying slope, from east to south, and mostly contain Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Mutigny commune is 101.5 hectres (250.8 acres). There are 81.9 ha Pinot Noir (80.7%), 12.8 ha Pinot Meunier (12.7%), 6.7 ha Chardonnay (6.6%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 96 ha. There are 36 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne houses that use vineyards in this village include Bollinger, Moët & Chandon, Philipponnat, Piper Heidsieck, and Roederer.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Mutigny include these, among others:

  • Les Clos, a southeast-facing slope immediately southeast of the village.
  • Les Terriers de Grand Maisons, a northeast-facing site with a mild inclination north of the village. John Charles Ricciuti in Avenay-Val-d’Or has a holding in this site.

View of the village with surrounding vineyards (including some that seem to belong to Louis Roederer) as seen from southeast, from further down the slope. The location of the camera should be somewhere between Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Avenay-Val-d’Or. The picture is linked form Wikimedia Commons (photo by G.Garitan, 2013).

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.

  • Georges Clément (NM), a producer that is found both in Mutigny and in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ (where the cellar is located) since 1996. Has access to vineyards in Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Mutigny, Avenay-Val-d’Or, Bisseuil, Hautvillers, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Tauxières, and Verzy, among others. The Champagnes are also sold under the brands:
    • Henry de Valbert, also written de Valbert.
    • Lheureux Plékhoff, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay (refers to the 2002 vintage).

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.

  • Maurice Cugnet (RC), whose vintage Champagne is named L’Impératrice.
  • Serge Humbert
  • Robert Husson et fils
  • Thibaut-Charlot (RC)
  • Zimmerlin-Flamant (have found bottles both with RC and RM, unsure which are the more recent), has 4 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Video clip

This Youtube clip with a 360° panorama from the mobile home camping in Mutigny gives a good view of what the surrounding vineyards look like. The camping is located in the northern part of the village, and the direction “straight out into the vineyards”, i.e. perpendicular to the road, is approximately eastnortheast.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-08-01

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