Located in subregion/area: Vallée de la Marne / Grande Vallée de la Marne
Vineyards and grape varieties: 72.5 hectares (179.2 acres), of which 49% Pinot Noir, 32% Pinot Meunier, and 18% Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (93%)
Noted for: South-facing slopes with a Pinot mixture.
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.
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Champillon is located in the slopes above Dizy, on the southern side of the Montagne de Reims. It is counted as part of the Grande Vallée de la Marne, since the Marne river is close. Above Champillon, higher up in the slopes, the vineyards end and forest takes over. The commune above and north of Champillon, Saint-Imoges, therefore doesn’t have any vineyards.
The Champillon commune covers 146 hectares and counts 512 inhabitants (as of 2013) called Champillonnais and Champillonaises respectively.
The luxury hotel and restaurant Royal Champagne is located in the upper part of Champillon, where there is an excellent view. It closed in November 2014 for extensive building works, and opens again in July 2017.
The vineyards in Champillon are located around the village and mostly consist of southwest- to southeast-facing slopes, but also with a smaller proportion of other directions. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, but the proportion of Pinot Meunier is also fairly high.
The current vineyard surface in the commune is 72.5 ha (179.2 acres). There are 35.6 ha Pinot Noir (49.1%), 23.4 ha Pinot Meunier (32.3%), and 13.4 ha Chardonnay (18.5%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 70 ha. There are 74 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Champagne houses that use vineyards in this village include Moët & Chandon and Roederer.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites in Champillon include the following, among others:
- Le Clos Saint-Thierry, a west-facing slope immediately to the southwest of the village. No vineyard wall.
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.
- Autréau (NM), also Autréau de Champillon, a Champagne house that has about 35 ha of vineyards in Champillon, Aÿ, Chouilly, Dizy, and Hautvillers. When they had 30 ha the proportions were 5 ha Chardonnay (Chouilly), 11 ha Pinot Noir (Aÿ and premier cru villages), and 14 ha Pinot Meunier. The range includes three vintage Champagnes that all are composed of Pinot Noir from Aÿ and Chardonnay from Chouilly: Réserve, which is the regular vintage Champagne (there is also a non-vintage Réserve), the prestige cuvée Les Perles de la Dhuy, originating from the singe vineyard sites Les Bonnottes in Aÿ and Les Mont-Aigus in Chouilly, and Cuvée 1670, which is Pinot Noir-dominated and is sold with the highest age of the three. The company name is Les Vignobles Champenois. Also sells Champagnes under the brands:
- Chouette de Champillon
- Marie des Vignes
- Veuve Ricotteau
- Gisèle Devavry (NM), belongs together with Devavry, see below. There are also (older?) bottles with the producer code MA = marque d’acheteur.
- Roualet (NM), using three different brands:
- Roualet Père & Fils, where the range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
- Fabrice Roualet (NM), the brand was created in 2000, but the Champagnes are apparently identical to those labelled Roualet Père & Fils.
- Roualet-Crochet (NM), where the range includes a vintage blanc de blancs and a vintage blanc de noirs composed of Pinot Noir. Also sells considerably older vintages that were oak barrel-vinified.
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.
- Andrieux-Lefort (RC)
- Pascal Autréau (RC), has vineyards in Dizy and Champillon.
- Michel Bahuchet (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Boucher (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards in two villages and an annual production of 85 000 bottles.
- Devavry (RM), also Bertrand Devavry, has 12 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 80 000 bottles. The wide range includes three vintage Champagnes: the regular one composed of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage), a Blanc de Blancs which is 100% Chardonnay, and Pur Sang which also is a blanc de blancs from 100% Chardonnay. Achille and Sienna are oak barrel-vinified cuvées, and both Chardonnay-dominated. Some older vintage are available under the designation Trésors de Cave. Also sells Champagnes under the name:
- Cuvée Carbon (Facebook page) launched in 2011 and which has its own flashy website. The black bottles is clad with carbon fiber cloth, in line with the name. The range is composed of three vintage Champagnes: the regular one is composed of 80% Chardonnay from Avize, Chouilly, and Oger, and 20% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, and there is also a rosé and a blanc de blancs. The pricing is ambitious and there are also larger format bottles available.
- Gelin-Fauvet & Fils (RC, Facebook page)
- Jean-Jacques Josseaux (RM)
- R&H Lamotte (RM, Facebook page), has vineyards in Champillon, Dizy, and Aÿ. The Premier Cru vintage Champagne is composed of 50-60% Pinot Noir, 20-30% Chardonnay, and 20-30% Pinot Meunier. Grand Cru is 100% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, and is oak barrel-vinified.
- Denis Sainzelle (RC)
- Patrick Visneux (RM)
Comment: it is not certain that the list is complete.
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 (à Champillon) – doesn’t seem to have a website, but the do have a brand called Le Cellier Aquarelle.
This collection of pictures, put together by one of the younger inhabitants of the village, gives a good idea of Champillon and its immediate surroundings although it doesn’t exclusively focuse on vineyards.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in France.
- Website of the Champillon commune.
- UMC’s new village profile of Champillon.
- UMC’s old village profile of Champillon. (dead link)
- Vineyard map of Champillon at weinlagen-info.de.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-08-08