Champagne village profile: Bouzy in the Grande Montagne de Reims, a grand cru village

Diagram Bouzy 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 373.8 hectares (923.7 acres), of which 87% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay, and 0.2% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Grand cru (100%)
Noted for: good Pinot Noir from south-facing slopes at a rather high altitude.

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

East: Ambonnay (grand cru)
Southsouthwest: Tours-sur-Marne (grand cru)
Westnorthwest: Tauxières-Mutry (premier cru)
Northwest: Louvois (grand cru)

The town hall (mairie) of Bouzy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

The church of Bouzy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

Bouzy is situated in a very favourable location on the south side of the Montagne de Reims hill. This location is shared with the neighbouring village, Ambonnay. From the easternmost houses of Bouzy to the westernmost in Ambonnay the distance is just about 700 m. The village itself is located in the lower part of the slope.

The Bouzy commune covers 626 hectares (i.e., less than half of the surface of the commune, 252 ha, doesn’t consist of vineyards) and counts 937 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Bouzillons and Bouzillonnes respectively.

Since alcoholic beverages are produced here, the name Bouzy tends to cause some amusement among English-language visitors. The same thing is true for the village of Dizy.

Vineyards

Vineyard in Bouzy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Megan Mallen, 2010, originally from Flickr).

The vineyards consist almost exclusively of purely south-facing slopes on the  Montagne de Reims, mostly with Pinot Noir. Thanks to these south-facing slopes, the vineyards of Bouzy, together with those of Aÿ and the neighbour Ambonnay, are the source of some of the most powerful Pinot Noir wines of Champagne.

On the now-defunct échelle des crus, Bouzy was rated 100%, which made it a grand cru village. The neighbours Louvois and Ambonnay, the vineyards of which are continuous with those of Bouzy, are also classified grand cru.

The current vineyard surface in the Bouzy commune is 373.8 hectares (923.7 acres). There are 326.8 ha Pinot Noir (87.4%), 45.8 ha Chardonnay (12.3%), 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (0.2%), and 0.6 ha others (0.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 371 ha. There are 187 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne houses that control vineyards in the village include Bollinger, Duval-Leroy, Moët & Chandon, Mumm, Pol Roger, and Taittinger.

Bouzy Rouge

Bouzy, with its south-facing vineyards, is one of a few Champagne villages with a strong tradition of also producing red wines. They are called Bouzy Rouge, but their appellation is Coteaux Champenois. About two-thirds of the Champagne producers in the village also sell Bouzy Rouge, but the total production is small, about 45 000 bottles in a good year. This is still a very significant portion of the total production of Coteaux Champenois, which is just about 100 000 bottles per year. However, rather than being bottles on its own, more of the red wines from Bouzy end up blended into rosé Champagnes. Here is a short news article (in French) on the subject of Bouzy Rouge.

Single vineyard sites

Several new vineyard-designated Champagnes from Bouzy have been launched in recent years, and several other producers informs us about which vineyard sites are used for their other Champagnes or Bouzy Rouge, so this list is long.

  • Le Clos is a partly wall-enclosed vineyard of about 0.5 ha behind André Clouet’s facilities in the southwestern part of the village, with a flat location. (The vineyard is located within the lieu-dit Le Village, which covers most of the village itself, so Le Clos is André Clouet’s own name for it rather than that of the property register, compare to lieu-dit Les Clos below.) On the other side of the wall, to the west, Clos Barnaut is located. From the 2006 vintage, André Clouet has produced a vineyard-designated Champagne using 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Clos is a south-facing site high up the slope, close to the edge of the forest. Borders in the north to Les Hauts Clos and in the east to Les Clos Colin. Les Clos is the lieu-dit name of the property register, not to be confused with André Clouet’s vineyard inside the village, see Le Clos above.
  • Clos Barnaut, is a wall-enclosed vineyard of 0.4 ha behind Barnaut’s facilities in the southwestern part of the village, with a flat location. (The vineyard is located within the lieu-dit Le Village, which covers most of the village itself, so Clos Barnaut is Barnaut’s own name for it rather than that of the property register.) From the 2004 vintage, Barnaut has produced something quite rare from this vineyard, a Coteaux Champenois Rosé, i.e. a still rosé wine (100% Pinot Noir). This was the choice of Philippe Secondé after his trials with a single vineyard Champagne gave a too heavy result, while he already had south-facing slopes suitable for red wine. Below a video showing Clos Barnaut (a mixture of English audio and French audio with English subtitles):

  • Les Clos Colin is a a south-facing site high up the slope. Borders in the west to Les Clos.
  • Les Grosses Pierres is a rather flat site in the lower part of the slope, a short distance northwest of the village itself.
  • La Haie de la Lue is a south-facing site with mild inclination in the middle of the slope, north of the village. Gaston Collard uses Pinot Noir from this site for their Bouzy Rouge.
  • Les Hannepés is a south-facing site with mild inclination north of the village, in the middle of the slope and close to the border to Ambonnay. Pinot Noir from this site is used in Benoît Lahaye’s Blanc de Noirs.
  • Les Hauts Chemins is a flat site just southwest of the village itself, east of the D34 road and on the border to Tour-sur-Marne. Maurice Vesselle produces a vineyard-designated Champagne (100% Pinot Noir) from this site.
  • Les Hauts Clos is a south-facing site on the top of the slope, on the border to the forest. Borders in the south to Les Clos.
  • Jardin de la Grosse Pierre, located at the base of the slope, in the lieu-dit Les Grosses Pierres(?). Benoît Lahaye has a 0.30 ha plot here, planted in 1923 (by his great grandfather) and supplemented in 1952 (by his grandfather) with various odd grape varieties. The vineyard contains a coplantation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Chasselas, Gros Plant, Teinturier, and others. From the 2009 vintage, the grapes are used for a vineyard-designated Champagne.
  • Les Juliennes is a south-facing slope with a mild inclination in the southwestern part of the commune, south of the D34 road and close to the border to Tours-sur-Marne. Borders in the south to Les Monts des Tours. Benoît Lahaye’s Rosé de Macération is produced using 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Loges, a site just below the middle of the slope, northnorthwest of the village. Camille Savès produces a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Maillerettes, a site approximately mid-slope, northnorthwest of the village. Pierre Paillard produces a vineyard-designated Champagne (100% Pinot Noir), from a 0.32 ha plot planted in 1970. This vineyard is used by Pierre Paillard as a “mother vineyard” for Pinot Noir, for replanting their other vineyards using massal selection.
  • Les Marlottes, a south-facing site in the northwestern part of the commune, just above mid-slope and on the border to Louvois. Stéphane Brunet in Tauxières-Mutry produces their still red wine using Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Mignottes, a site approximately mid-slope in the northwestern part of the commune. It is one of two sites with old Pinot Noir vines used by Pierre Paillard for their Bouzy Rouge.
  • Le Mont de Tauxières, a site on the border to both Louvois and Tauxières-Mutry, west of the D34 road. Pinot Noir from this site is used for Benoît Lahaye’s Millésime.
  • Les Monts des Tours is a site in the southwestern part of the commune, on the border to Tours-sur-Marne. Borders in the north to Les Juliennes. Camille Savès produces a vineyard-designated 100% Chardonnay from this site, and Benoît Lahaye’s Rosé de Macération is produced using 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Mottelettes, a south-facing slope with mild inclination approximately mid-slope in the northwestern part of the commune. Pierre Paillard produces a vineyard-designated Champagne using 100% Chardonnay from this vineyard, from a 0.6 ha plot planted in 1961. This vineyard is used by Pierre Paillard as a “mother vineyard” for Chardonnay, for replanting their other vineyards using massal selection.
  • Petit Clos is a wall-enclosed vineyard of 0.0825 ha at Jean Vesselle’s facilities in the northwestern part of the village, with a flat location. anläggning i nordvästra delen av byn, med flackt läge. (The vineyard is located within the lieu-dit Le Village, which covers most of the village itself, so Petit Clos is Jean Vesselle’s own name for it rather than that of the property register, but the vineyard is definitely small and wall-enclosed.) Jean Vesselle produces a vineyard-designated Champagne (100% Pinot Noir) from this vineyard.
  • Les Vaux Bétins is a south-facing slope with a mild slope immediately to the north of the village. Pinot Noir from e.g. this site is used for Benoît Lahaye’s Blanc de Noirs.

Champagne producers

Major Champagne houses, members of the Union des Maisons de Champagne

  • Brice (NM), a Champagne house with 8 ha vineyards of their own, that buys in from some 20 ha, primarily in the grand cru villages Aÿ, Bouzy, Cramant, and Verzenay. Brice produces four different village-designated wines, from each of these, but has a focus on Bouzy. The range also includes the vintage Champagne Bouzy Vintage which is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2007 vintage), and a Bouzy Rouge.
    History
    Brice was created in 1994 by Jean-Paul Brice. In 1966, he had jointed with two partners to form the Champagne house Barancourt (the family name of his grandmother). In 1994, Barancourt was sold to Vranken. After that, Brice built up his own vineyard holdings again. In 2004, a production facility in Bouzy was bought. In 2009, the son Jean-René took over.
  • Comtes de Dampierre (NM), also written Comte A. de Dampierre or Comte Audoin de Dampierre on the labels, a house founded in 1986 by Comte Audoin de Dampierre. They have no vineyards of their own, so everything is bought in, and the annual production is about 200 000 bottles. The Champagnes are produced under contract by one of the cooperatives in Bouzy, and warehousing is done in Avize. The Count has managed to get his Champagne to be the house champagne in parts of the French government, including at the Elysée Palace and in many French embassies. Most Champagnes of the range are Chardonnay-dominated, half of the range is called Cuvée des Ambassadeurs, and the two best Champagnes have old-fashioned string closure (ficelage) and is called Ficelée. Three different vintage Champagnes are part of the range: the vintage version of Cuvée des Ambassadeurs composed of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay (refers to the 2007 vintage, and also the only Pinot-dominated Champagne of the range), Ficelée Family Reserve which is a vintage blanc de blancs, and Ficelée Family Reserve which is a vintage blanc de blancs, where the latter is sold at a higher age in a different bottle. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of France, Cuvée General Patton was released, a non-vintage blanc de blancs in a box with a map showing the advance of Patton.

Other 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. MA = marque d’acheteur, a brand for Champagnes produced by someone other than the brand owner.

  • Louis César Beaufort (NM), ett hus skapat 1990 av Hugues Beaufort.
  • André Clouet (NM, Facebook page), a producer today led by Jean-François Clouet, that owns 8 ha of vineyards. Used to be an RM producer, but expanded and started to buy in grapes, so turned NM. I have also seen older labels with the producer code SR. All cuvées of André Clouet have retro-styled labels. The vintage Champagne is composed of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage). The prestige cuvée is called Un Jour de 1911, is non-vintage, consists of 100% Pinot Noir and is an attempt at recreating how a good Champagne could be around the year of 1911, and comes in a roll of straw. Le Clos is a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Noir from a vineyard inside the village of Bouzy. The first vintage was 2006 and was only filled on magnum (released in 2014).
  • Rémy Galichet (NM), has 9 ha of vineyards in the Montagne de Reims, Côte des Blancs, and the Vallée de la Marne including in the Aisne department.
  • Bruno Rigobert & Fils (MA), vars champagner framställs av Union Champagne.
  • Georges Vesselle (NM), a producer run by the brothers Bruno and Eric Vesselle. Has 17 ha of vineyards, of which 90% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne exists in both Brut and Brut Nature versions, with the same composition, 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne is also sold in older versions as Collection Millésimes, which is usually about 10 years older than the regular vintage Champagne. These bottles are stored sur pointe (neck down, ready for disgorgement, but not yet disgorged) and are disgorged just fore launch. The range includes several red wines, Bouzy Rouge: a “regular” non-vintage, a vintage dated, Collection Millésimes which is the vintage-designated sold at a higher age, and Cuvée Véronique-Sylvie which is non-vintage and is a blend of the best vintages.

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. SR = société de récoltants, owned by a number of growers of the same family and sells under its own name.

  • Jean-Marie Bandock (RM)
  • Bandock-Mangin (RM), has 11 ha of vineyards, mainly in Bouzy.
  • Christian Bannière (RM), has 4.21 ha of vineyards in Bouzy.
  • Paul Bara (RM), a high class Special Club producer, perhaps the very best of them, that is today run by Chantal Bara. Has 11 ha of vineyards, of which 10.5 ha in Bouzy and 0.5 ha in Ambonnay, with 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. The annual production is 100 000 bottles. The range includes a regular vintage Champagne composed of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, and the prestige cuvée Comtesse Marie de France, a pure Pinot Noir. Their Special Club is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Vintages produced include 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008. There is also a Special Club Rosé which also is a 70% Pinot Noir (of which 8% red wine from Bouzy) and 30% Chardonnay. The rosé is released slightly younger than the white version, and vintages produced include 2008, 2009, and 2012. Naturally, there is also a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Barnaut (RM), formerly Edmond Barnaut, a member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has about 16 ha of vineyards in Bouzy, Ambonnay, Louvois, Tauxières-Mutry, Brasles, and Gland (the last two located in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest) with 70% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Meunier. The annual production is about 130 000 bottles. Is run by Philippe Secondé, whose maternal grandfather was Edmond Barnaut. The regular vintage Champagne is composed is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage), and Cuvée Edmond is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). Produces two still wines, a Bouzy Rouge and a vineyard-designated Bouzy Rosé Clos Barnaut, which had 2004 as the first vintage. Rosé versions of Coteaux Champenois are quite rare, since Rosé des Riceys is an appellation of its own.
  • Herbert Beaufort (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 13 ha of vineyards, of which 10 ha Pinot Noir and 3 ha Chardonnay, and an annual production of 130 000 bottles. Of the two vintage Champagnes, the Brut version is composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while the Extra Brut version is a pure Pinot Noir and is totally without dosage. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge, a still red wine, and a Bouzy Blanc, a still white wine (Coteaux Champenois) produced using Chardonnay.
  • Phal B. de Beaufort, has 4 ha of vineyards in Bouzy, Ambonnay, and Tours-sur-Marne.
  • Benard-Colson (RM)
  • Denis Chemin
  • Paul Clouet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 6 ha of vineyards in Bouzy and Chouilly, and produces 50 000-60 000 bottles per year. The vintage Champagne is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2007 vintage). The range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Gaston Collard (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants today run by brother and sister Cyril and Amandine Collard. From the 2009 vintage (was released in 2015), the range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. Also produces a Bouzy Rouge from old vines in the site La Haie de la Lue.
  • Alexandre Colson (RC)
  • Raymond Colson
  • Dauvergne (RC), sold with labels saying Aurélien DauvergneFrançois Dauvergne, and Maxime Dauverge. The Aurélien range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Baron Dauvergne (RM), formerly Hubert Dauvergne and Vincent Dauvergel’Or caché de Bouzy is an oak barrel-vinfied cuvée composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir.
  • Delavenne Père et Fils (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 9 ha vingårdar and an annual production of 70 000 bottles. All Champagnes are produced without malolactic fermentation. The vintage Champagne is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage). Amour de Louise is a cuvée composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir from a solera started in 2004. The range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Fromentin Leclapart (RC), whose vintage Champagne is composed 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The range includes two still wines, a Bouzy Rouge and a Bouzy Blanc, both 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Guillemette (RC), whose range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Remi Henry (RC), whose vintage Champagne is called Prestige and is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Benoît Lahaye (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants, and one of the new generation of growers that has received much attention. Has 4.8 ha of vineyards in Bouzy, Ambonnay, Tauxières-Mutry, and Voipreux (0.2 ha Chardonnay), with almost 90% Pinot Noir. Benoît Lahaye took over the family property in 1993 and has produced his own Champagnes since 1996. He started to convert to organic viticulture in 1996, was fully converted in 2003, became certified in 2007, and has changed to biodynamic viticulture from 2008. Uses a significant proportion of oak barrel vinification. Five non-vintage Champagnes are produced: Brut Essentiel is composed of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay, while Brut Nature has the same composition but without any dosage. Rosé de Macération is a 100% Pinot Noir from the site Les Juliennes. Blanc de Noirs is a 100% Pinot Noir from the three sites Les Vaux Bétins, Les Hannepés, and Les Argentières (the latter site in Tauxières-Mutry), and has replaced the earlier Brut PrestigeNaturessence is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from old vines, and has replaced the earlier vintage-dated Fleur de Terroir. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: the regular Millésime is composed of 70% Pinot Noir (from the site Le Mont de Tauxières, planted in 1966) and 30% Chardonnay (from the site Haut des Argentières in Tauxières-Mutry, planted in 1960). Violaine is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from the sites Les Argentières (in Tauxières-Mutry) and Les Monts des Tours. Le Jardin de la Grosse Pierre is a vineyard-designated Champagne consisting of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Arbanne, Petit Meslier, Chasselas, Gros Plant, Teinturier, and other grape varieties, in a co-plantation from 1923 and 1952. The first vintage was 2009. It is the only Champagne I know of that contain other grape varieties than those allowed by today’s appellation regulations. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Bernard Ledru (RM), has 12 ha of vineyards, and is run by Michael and Isabelle Secondé.
  • Remy Louvet (RM), has 3.32 ha of vineyards. The vintage Champagne is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The range also includes a vintage rosé named Rosé Extrême and a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Edouard Martin, formerly Jean-Baptiste Martin
  • Paul Louis Martin (RM), på etiketten skrivet P. Louis MartinCuvée Vincent is a vintage blanc de blancs. The range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Arnaud Moreau (RC), also René Moreau, whose vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2003 and 2004 vintages). Esquisse du T is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay which is Brut Nature. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Pierre Paillard (RM), has 11 ha of vineyards in Bouzy, with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2002 and 2004 vintages). Produces two vineyard-designated Champagnes, Les Maillerettes, from 100% Pinot Noir, and Les Mottelettes from 100% Chardonnay, both using old vines. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge from 100% Pinot Noir using old vines in the two sites La Croix and Les Mignottes.
  • Samuel Paveau, has 5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Jean Plener Fils (RC), has 5.5 ha of vineyards in Bouzy, Ambonnay, and Tauxières-Mutry with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Camille Savès (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with a reputation for good quality. Has about 10 ha of vineyards in Bouzy, Ambonnay, Tours-sur-Marne, and Tauxières-Mutry. The regular vintage Champagne is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Cuvée Anaïs Jolicœur is composed of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay and is oak barrel-vinified. Two vineyard-designated Champagnes are produced: Le Mont des Tours which is 100% Chardonnay, and Les Loges which is 100% Pinot Noir. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Bernard Tornay (RM). Bernard took over the former domain of his father-in-law Gaston Barnauts when he married Simone Barnaut. Today, the domaine is run by the daughter Nathalie Tornay and her husband Rudy Hutasse, who is winemaker at Tornay since 1997. The domaine has 23 ha of vineyards, of which 5.5 ha Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir. A part is sold in bulk, and the annual production is about 100 000 bottles. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge. The video clip below shows the producer and also includes drone pictures of Bouzy. Also sells under the brand:
    • Fernand Hutasse et Fils

  • Alfred Tritant (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 2.5 ha of vineyards, mainly in Bouzy, but also in Ambonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne and a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Alain Vesselle (RM), today run by Eloi Vesselle. The vintage Champagne is composed of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Jean Vesselle (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 15 ha of vineyards, in Bouzy with surroundings, and in Loches-sur-Ource in the Barséquanais area (in the Côte des Bar), with 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. Annual production is 120 000 bottles. The vintage Champagne is called Prestige Millésime and is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Produces small amounts of a vineyard-designated Champagne, Le Petit Clos, from 100% Pinot Noir. The range includes two still wines, a Bouzy Rouge and a Bouzy Blanc, båda 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Maurice Vesselle (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants, and is run by the brothers Didier and Thierry Vesselle. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2004 vintage). Older vintage Champagne are released under the name Collection. Produces a vineyard-designated Champagne, Les Hauts Chemins, from 100% Pinot Noir. The range also includes a Bouzy Rouge.

Comment: The list is probably not complete.

Cooperatives

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 “Au Bouquet” de Bouzy is a small cooperative, founded in 1956, that has 42 members with a total of 33 ha of vineyards in Bouzy and other “Pinot villages” in the Grande Montagne de Reims. Since 2009, this cooperative is a member of the major cooperative Union Champagne, which has its seat in Avize and is the producer behind the brand De Saint Gall.
  • Coopérative Defynlieu, a cooperative founded in 1927. Doesn’t seem to have a website and I have not found any brand that belongs to them.
  • Société d’Intérêts Vinicoles de Bouzy is a small cooperative, founded in 1954, with 41 members that own a total of 33 ha of vineyards in Bouzy. Since 1978, they are members of the major cooperative Union Champagne, which has its seat in Avize and is the producer behind the brand De Saint Gall.

Video clips

A video from one of Paul Bara’s vineyards from just outside Bouzy.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-07-23

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2 Responses to Champagne village profile: Bouzy in the Grande Montagne de Reims, a grand cru village

  1. Good Job! current, your article provides accurate and in-depth information on the wines and terroir of Bouzy

    • vintomas says:

      Thanks! I’m using a rather standardised format for the different villages, and try to provide the basic facts. For Bouzy and other famous grand cru villages with a long history and several hundreds of hectares of excellent vineyards, it would of course be possible to write more, but I also wish to cover many villages – eventually all of them.

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