Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 64.0 hectares (158.1 acres), of which 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Premier cru (95%)
Noted for: Chardonnay dominance in an otherwise Pinot Noir-dominated area.
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.
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Billy-le-Grand ligger strax nedanför den sydöstra delen av Montagne de Reims-kullen.
Despite its name, Billy-le-Grand is a very small village in terms of population. The Billy-le-Grand commune covers a surface of 726 hectares and counts 126 inhabitants (as of 2013), called Billotins and Billotines.
The vineyards in Billy-le-Grand are located in the southwestern part of the village, in a block continuous with the vineyards of Vaudemange. They consist of mild eastern slopes just below the real Montagne de Reims slope, and contain a high proportion of Chardonnay. Billy-le-Grand shares the Chardonnay dominance with its three neighbours on the eastern side on the Montagne de Reims: Vaudemange, Trépail and Villers-Marmery. This area is sometimes called Perle blanche.
The current vineyard surface in the Billy-le-Grand commune is 64.0 hectares (158.1 acres). There are 41.9 ha Chardonnay (65.4%) and 22.1 ha Pinot Noir (34.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 63 ha. There are 17 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
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.
- Bonnevie-Bocart (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has the main part of the vineyards in Billy-le-Grand, but also some in Reuil, Verneuil, Vincelles, and Trélou-sur-Marne in the Vallée de la Marne and in Chambrecy in the Vallée de l’Ardre, with 43% Chardonnay, 42% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs, 100% Chardonnay. Cuvée Prestige is composed of 85-90% Chardonnay and 10-15% Pinot Noir. Fût de Chêne is oak barrel-vinified, is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier, and has old-fashioned string closure.
- Marcel Lapie & Fils (RC), has 2 ha of vineyards.
- Lapie Gabreau (RC), has a bit more than 2 ha of vineyards in Billy le Grand, Villers-Marmery, and Trépail. les Vielles Vignes is composed of 30% Chardonnay and 70% Pinots Noirs and Pinot Meunier from old vines.
- Lapie Longe (RC, Facebook page)
- Oudéa, has 4.6 ha of vineyards in Billy-le-Grand, Bisseuil, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Aÿ, and Dizy, with 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir.
- Picard-Oudéa (RC)
- Christian Poisson (RC)
Comment: the list is probably not 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.
- The company name of the Vaudemange cooperative is Société Coopérative Agricole Vinicole de Vaudemange et Billy-le-Grand, but their facilities are in Vaudemange.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Website of the Billy-le-Grand commune.
- UMC’s new village profile of Billy-le-Grand.
- UMC’s old village profile of Billy-le-Grand. (dead link)
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-07-18