Champagne village profile: Tauxières-Mutry in the Grande Montagne de Reims

Diagram Tauxières-Mutry 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 238.5 hectares (589.3 acres), of which 79% Pinot Noir, 16% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Premier cru (99%)
Noted for: good Pinot Noir, one of the two most highly rated premier cru villages.
Other information: from 2016 a part of the Val-de-Livre commune.

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 indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Grande Montagne de Reims highlighted. The grand cru villages are in green, the premier cru villages are in yellow, and the autre cru villages in orange. The light green box shows the Perle blanche area.

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

Neighbouring villages

West: Fontaine-sur-Aÿ
Northeast: Louvois (grand cru)
Eastsoutheast: Bouzy (grand cru)
Southsoutheast: Tours-sur-Marne (grand cru)
Southsouthwest: Bisseuil (premier cru), part of Grande Vallée de la Marne

The village

The chuch in Tauxières-Mutry. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo by G.Garitan, 2013).

Tauxières-Mutry, often referred to as Tauxières for short, is located on the slopes northeast of Aÿ and west of Ambonnay.

The Tauxières-Mutry commune covers 1017 ha and counts 288 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Tauxièrois and Tauxièroises respectively.

Taxuières-Mutry was founded 1882 by fusing the two communes Tauxières (i the east) och Mutry (in the west).

Val-de-Livre

Since 1 January 2016, Tauxières is a so-called commune déléguée within the merged commune Val-de-Livre, 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. The new commune was formed by Tauxières-Mutry and Louvois, and it resulted in 2234 hectares and 589 inhabitants (as of 2013 in the former communes). The town hall of the new commune is located in Tauxières-Mutry.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Tauxières-Mutry consist predominantly of south-facing slopes located to the west of Bouzy, and contain mostly Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the commune is 238.5 hectares (589.3 acres). There are 189 ha Pinot Noir (79.2%), 37.7 ha Chardonnay (15.8%), and 11.9 ha Pinot Meunier (5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 234 ha. There are45 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The premier cru status – one of two premier cru villages with the highest classification

While there are 17 Champagne villages classified grand cru, which means that they were rated 100% on the now-defunct échelle des crus scale, there were only two villages at 99%, Tauxières-Mutry and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. All 42 villages that in the range 90%-99% were (and are) classified premier cru, but all the other 40 are in the range 90%-95% and there were no villages in the range 96%-98%. Therefore, Tauxières-Mutry and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ narrowly missed out on becoming grand cru villages.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Argentières, a site on flatter land in the southsoutheastern part of Tauxières-Mury, on the border to Bouzy. Benoît Lahaye in Bouzy uses Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from this site for his Champagnes Blanc de Noirs and Violaine.
  • Le Clos des Fourches, an east-facing slope with a mild inclination in southwestern part of Tauxières-Mutry, near the borders to both Bouzy and Tours-sur-Marne. Borders in the northeast to Les Putiers. (Despite the name clos there is a no wall around the site.)
  • La Croix Rouge, a site east of the village, on the border to Louvois and immediately to the south of the D34 road. Borders in the east, across the commune border, to the site Les Gouttes d’Or in Louvois. Until 2004, Bollinger in Aÿ used this site in their Vieilles Vignes Françaises, which is only produced from ungrafted vines of Pinot Noir, formerly from three vineyards, of which the other two are located in Aÿ. The vines in this Tauxières vineyard were then affected by the wine louse. (It is slightly unclear to me if this vineyard was included in this cuvée up until the 2004 vintage, or if it “gave up its breath” in 2004, before the harvest.)
  • Le Haut des Argentières, a south-facing slope with a mild inclination in the southeastern part of Tauxières-Mury, on the border to Bouzy. Borders in the east, across the commune border to the sites Les Juliennes and Le Mont des Tours, both in Bouzy. Benoît Lahaye in Bouzy uses Chardonnay from this site to his sin Millésime.
  • Les Putiers, a east-facing slope with a mild inclination in the southwestern part of Tauxières-Mutry, close to the border to Bouzy. Borders in the west to Le Clos des Fourches. Lejeune-Dirvang’s Cuvée Robert Lejeune is produced using Pinot Noir from this site.

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.

  • Banette (RC), has 11 ha of vineyards, of which 3 ha in the Aube (Côte des Bar), and also in Tauxières-Mutry, Louvois, Bouzy, and Aÿ. Fût de chêne is an oak barrel-vinified cuvée composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.
  • Barbier-Louvet (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 6.85 ha of vineyards in nine villages, with 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Cuvée Théophile Blondel är en årgångschampagne som består av 60% Pinot Noir och 40% Chardonnay. Cuvée Les Gouttes d’Or är en 100% Pinot Noir i guldfärgad flaska.
  • Pierre Boever & Fils (RM, Facebook page). The company name is Boever-Denancy. Not to be confused with Pierre Boever in Mutigny.
  • Stéphane Brunet (RM), whose range includes a still red wine, a Coteaux Champenois, which is produced using Pinot Noir from the site Les Marlottes in Bouzy.
  • Max Cochut (RM), has 22 ha of vineyards but uses 6 ha for their own Champagnes.
  • Galimand & Fils (RC)
  • Honoré Leblanc (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 12 ha of vineyards in six villages. Both the regular vintage Champagne and the prestige cuvée Reine de France are composed of 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Hubert Leblanc (RC)
  • Leblanc-Collard
  • Lejeune-Dirvang (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 4 ha of vineyards in the grand cru villages Bouzy, Louvois, and Aÿ, and the premier cru villages Tauxières-Mutry, Avenay-Val-d’Or, and Dizy with 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. Cuvée Robert Lejeune is a vintage Champagne produced using 100% Pinot Noir from the site Les Putiers.
  • Yannick Lhopital
  • Yves Louvet (RM), has 12 ha of vineyards (10 ha Pinot Noir and 2 ha Chardonnay) in the  premier cru villages Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Tauxières-Mutry, Avenay-Val-d’Or, and Trépail, and the grand cru villages Louvois, Bouzy, Ambonnay, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. Annual production is about 40 000 bottles. The range includes a vintage Champagne. The top Champagne is called Cuvée 2H and is a 100% Pinot Noir. The company name is Louvet Père et Fils. Also produces Champagner under the brand:
    • Du Ponceay

Comment: the list is probably not complete.

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 de Tauxières Louvois, doesn’t seem to have a website. I have not found any brands that belong to them.

Château de Tauxières. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2013).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-07-24

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