Champagne village profile: Chamery, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Diagram Chamery 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 204.8 hectares (506.1 acres), of which 42% Pinot Meunier, 29% Chardonnay, and 28% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

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 is other open terrain, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vesle et Ardre highlighted. The premier cru villages are in yellow and the autre cru villages are in orange. The La Petite Montagne de Reims part, where Chamery is located, is shown within red borders and the Vallée de la Vesle part within green borders.

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

Neighbouring villages

Southeast: Sermiers
South: Courtagnon
North
Écueil (premier cru)
Northeast: Villers-aux-Nœuds (premier cru)

View of Chamery. In the distance to the right, Écuéil is visible. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Donarreiskoffer, 2012).

The village

The town hall (mairie) in Chamery, with the church (Église Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul) in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2013).

Chamery is located in the middle of the slope in the northwestern part of the Montage de Reims, which is sometimes called ”La Petite Montagne de Reims”. It is part of a string of Champagne villages, of which most are premier cru villages.

Chamery is also a village with four stars in the village fleuri classification.

The Chamery commune covers 527 hectares and has 393 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Chamayots and Chamayotes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Chamery consist of north- and northeast-facing slopes on the Montagne de Reims, with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety. A significant part of the vineyards in Chamery have sandy soils.

The current vineyard surface in the Villers-aux-Nœuds commune is 204.8 hectares (506.1 acres). There are 86.2 ha Pinot Meunier (42.1%), 59.9 ha Chardonnay (29.2%), 58.2 ha Pinot Noir (28.4%), and 0.5 ha others (0.2%). There are 102 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 195 ha.

Single vineyard sites

  • Luth is a site in the central part of Chamery, close to the village itself on its south- to southsouthwestern side. The site is located mid-slope and is northeast-facing. Clément Perseval produces a vineyard-designated Coteaux Champenois from this site.
  • La Pucelle is a site in the central-northern part of Chamery, just north of the village itself and the D26 road, at the border to Éceuil. The site is located below the slope and is flat. Perseval-Farge produces a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Rouleaux is a site in the central-southern part of Chamery, more-or-less south of the village itself. The site is located in the upper part of the slope, rather close to the edge of the forest, and is northeast-facing. Clément Perseval has Chardonnay in this vineyard site and produces a vineyard-designated Coteaux Champenois from here.
  • Les Tremblaies is a site in the southeastern part of Chamery, just south of the D26 road. The site is located in the lower part of the slope and is rather flat. Clément Perseval produces a vineyard-designated Coteaux Champenois from this site.

The vineyards in the foreground are situated between between Chamery and Sermiers, the Chamery village can be seen in the background, and the vineyards to the west of Chamery (in the Écueil direction) are located beyond the village. Picture inked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

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.

  • Allouchery-Deguerne (RC), has 3.5 ha of vineyards and was created in 1998 when the family vineyards was divided up. Also uses the name Duchery-Deguerne. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Bertrand-Delespierre (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with about 10 ha of vineyards, of which 4 ha Pinot Noir, 3 ha Pinot Meunier, and 3 ha Chardonnay.
  • Bonnet-Ponson (RM), has 10.5 ha of vineyards in five villages: Chamery, Vrigny, Coulommes-la-Montagne, Verzenay, and Verzy. Jules Bonnet is a vintage Champagne from 100% Pinot Noir vinified in oak barrels. Cuvée Spéciale is a vintage blanc de blancs from the single vineyard site Les Vignes Dieu in Coulommes-la-Montagne.
  • Deguerne-Flot (RC)
  • Gérard Dravigny (RC)
  • Feneuil-Coppée (RC), has 7 ha of vineyards in Chamery, consisting of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Pinot Noir. The wines are pressed and vinified at the Chamery cooperative, but they choose themselves which cuvées that are made and the bottles are stored in their own cellar. Cuvée Clara is a vintage Champagne.
  • Feneuil-Pointillart (RC), whose Cuvée Louis is a vintage Champagne composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier.
  • Grimet-Lagauche (RM)
  • Guerlet-Deguerne (RM), whose vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • J.F. Hanon-Criado (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Alexandre Houssart (RM), has just under 1 ha of vineyards.
  • Romaine Houssart (RM), has just under 1 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 16% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Noir.
  • Jullion Rigaut (RC)
  • Labbé & Fils (RM), formerly known as Michel Labbé & Fils, has 10 ha of vineyards. Not to be confused with Labbé in Thil or Labbé in Urville.
  • Pascal Lallement (RM), also has a sightseeing train that runs tours through the vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Henri Maillart & Fils (RM, but some bottles – older? – say RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Frédéric Malétrez (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Michel Parmentier
  • Parmantier-Rigaut (RM), has vineyards in Chamery and Écueil. The vintage Champagne is oak barrel-vinified.
  • Clément Perseval, member of Vignerons Indépendants with 3.3 ha of vineyards with 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 30% Pinot Meunier. There are four Champagnes (blended, blanc de blancs, blanc de noirs, and rosé) as well as small amounts of three still wines (Coteaux Champenois) from the single vineyard sites Luth, Les Rouleaux (Chardonnay), and Les Tremblaies. Clément Perseval has a background in the family domaine Gérard Perseval.
  • Gérard Perseval (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Thomas Perseval (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 2.5 ha of vineyards, that include small amounts of Petit Meslier, Arbanne, and Pinot Blanc. Is certified organically since 2012 and uses oak barrel vinification.
  • Perseval Harteel (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants
  • Perseval-Farge (RM), has 4.5 ha of vineyards with 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir, plus some new plantations of Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier, and Arbanne. The annual production is about 25 000 bottles.
  • Perseval-Farge (RM), a member of Les mains du terroir with 4 ha of vineyards with about 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir, plus some new plantations of Pinot Gris, Petit Meslier, and Arbanne. The annual production is about 25 000 bottles. The range includes a vintage Champagne. La Pucelle is a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Noir. The top wine Cuvée Jean-Baptiste is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir & Meunier.
  • Perseval-Foubert (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 61% Chardonnay, 23% Pinot Noir, and 16% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2003 vintage).
  • Raineteau-Grimet (RM), has 2 ha of vineyards.
  • Daniel Rigaut (RC)
  • Michel Robaille (RC)
  • Robaille Quinqueton, has 4 ha of vineyards in Chamery, Sermiers, and Montbré.
  • André Viard (RC)

Comment: The list is may be incomplete.

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 (à Chamery), has 93 members with 106 ha of vineyards. Founded in 1953. Doesn’t seem to have a website.

Video clips

Paragliding over Chamery, gives a good picture of what the vineyards look like.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2016-07-05

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