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

Diagram Sacy 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 151.5 hectares (374.4 acres), of which 49% Pinot Noir, 38% Pinot Meunier, and 13% Chardonnay.
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, including Sacy, are in yellow and the autre cru villages are in orange. The La Petite Montagne de Reims part, where Sacy 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

Northwest: Ville-Dommange (premier cru)
Northnortheast: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Northeast: Bezannes (premier cru)
South: Écueil (premier cru)
Southwest: Marfaux
West: Courmas

The town hall (mairie) of Sacy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2015).

The village

Sacy is located mid-slope in ”La Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. The village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Sacy commune covers 556 ha and has 383 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Sacéens and Sacéennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards mostly consist of east-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims, and are dominated by Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Sacy commune is 151.5 hectares (374.4 acres). There are 74.1 ha Pinot Noir (48.9%), 57.2 ha Pinot Meunier (37.8%), 19.9 ha Chardonnay (13.1%), and 0.3 ha others (0.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 72 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 148 ha.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Clos, a south-facing site with a mild slope located just north/northnortheast of the village, directly to the west of the D26 road.
  • Les Croisettes, a vineyard site just south/southwest of the village, and therefore just above the village itself in the slope. The soil is sandy loess. Jacquinet-Dumez in Les Mesneux produces an oaked 100% Chardonnay from this site, and it is named Agathe.

Other single vineyard sites in Sacy include Les Auges, Les Berdouillettes, Le Bout des Près, Les Braingnes, Les Bruits, Les Camps, Les Caquerets, Les Carrières, Les Chaillois, Les Chaillots, Les Chaillots des Sables, Les Chalvins, Les Champs Montreux, Chauffour, Les Chenaies, Les Chenaies du Bois, Les Croix, La Croix des Sables, Les Crettieux, Les Eaux Belles, L’Echafaud, La Fosse Evrard, Les Grands Près, Les Grèves, Les Hâtons, Les Hauts Bourgeois, Les Hommes-Morts, Les Jaurielles, Les Limons, La Motelle, Ormissets, Les Pierres Genies, Les Plantis, Les Prés Lié, Les Roisets, Les Rosets, Les Sauvoris, Les Terres Joselet, Les Vannées, and Les Vignes Saint-Jean.

Maison Mennesson in Sacy, which is located on the southern side of the village, surrounded by vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2011).

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.

  • Bigault-Roualet (RC)
  • Blin-Dezautez (RC)
  • André Chemin (RC), has 6.5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 65 000 bottles.
  • Damien-Buffet (RC), the range of which includes Cuvée Prestige which exists both as non-vintage and vintage dated, where the latter is composed of 60% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, and 14% Pinot Meunier, as well as L’Élixir which is produced in a small numbered series and is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Also rents out rooms.
  • Damien-Dumez (RC)
  • Degenne-Damien (RM), has 6.8 ha of vineyards and a vintage Champagne called Cuvée Spéciale composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 30% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2007 vintage).
  • Dezautez-Touzet (RC)
  • Duménil (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants and a Special Club producer (to be). Has 8.2 ha of vineyards in Chigny-les-Roses, Rilly-la-Montagne, and Ludes, with 35% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Chardonnay. Produces 80 000 bottles annually. The vintage Champagnes is composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2005 vintage). The range also includes Prestige Vieilles Vignes Les Pêcherines from old vines (80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir) planted in 1969 in the vineyard site Les Pêcherines in Chigny-les-Roses, and Amour de Cuvée which is composed of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Pinot Meunier. Their first Special Club hasn’t been launched yet, since they only became members of the organisation behind this name in 2012. The first vintage will be the 2012, composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, and the intention seems to be to launch it in 2016. Below a video clip presenting Duménil, with a lot of imagery from both vineyards and cellar work. Duménil was formerly located in Chigny-les-Roses, but moved to Sacy in February 2015.

  • Dumez Lemoine (RC)
  • Goulin-Roualet (RM), has vineyards in four villages – Sacy, Écueil, Ville-Dommange, and Villers-aux-Nœuds (Mont Benoît) – and an annual production of 40 000-45 000 bottles. Saint Vincent is their blanc de blancs.
  • J.C. Grill et Fils (RC), has 7.5 ha of vineyards with 54% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 11% Chardonnay.
  • Hervieux-Dumez (RM), a Special Club producer with 9.5 ha vineyards in Sacy, Chamery, Écueil, Ville-Dommange, and Méry(-Prémecy) with 50% Pinot Noir, 28% Pinot Meunier och 22% Chardonnay. The annual production is 60 000 bottles. The composition of their Special Club, which is their only vintage Champagne, is 50 % Chardonnay, 30 % Pinot Noir, and 20 % Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 and 2007 vintages, the most recently released as of Jan 2016). Upcoming vintages of their Special Club are 2008, 2011, and 2012.
    History
    Hervieux-Dumez became a member of the Special Club organisation, then the Club de Viticulteurs Champenois and later Club Trésors de Champagne, already when it was formed in 1971.
  • Éric Léger (RC), has 3.5 ha of vineyards in Sacy (1.45 ha), Écueil (0.16 ha), Chamery (1.62 ha), and Sermiers (0.3 ha) with 47% Pinot Noir, 46% Pinot Meunier, and 7% Chardonnay. The annual production under their own name is 20 000 bottles. The vintage Champagne consists of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • Jean-François Léger
  • Leroy Asselbourg (RC)
  • Leroy-Burkhard
  • Marchal-Degesne (RC)
  • Mobillion Père & Fils (RM)
  • Bruno Perseval (RC), has 2.6 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Prévost-Hannoteaux (RC)
  • Ponsart-Brochet (RC), which has a Cœur de Foudre vinified in large oak barrels and composed of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 30% Pinot Noir.
  • Rigaut-Poret & Fils (there are both labels with RC and RM, I don’t know which are more recent)
  • Jean Valentin & Fils (RM), has 6 ha of vineyards.
  • Wafflart-Antoniolli (RC), also calls themselves Wafflart, has 5.3 ha of vineyards, of which 1.2 ha Chardonnay, 2.7 ha Pinot Meunier, and 1.4 ha Pinot Noir.
  • Wafflart-Briet (RC), has barely 5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of about 40 000 bottles.

Comment: The list is probably not complete.

Former producers

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 vinicole de Sacy, has 97 members with 88.10 ha. Doesn’t seem to have a website.
  • In Sacy there are also growers that are members of the big Palmer & Co cooperative in Reims. Palmer primarily sources Pinot Meunier from Sacy (and from the neighbouring village, Ville-Dommange).

Producers in other villages

  • Louis de Sacy is a Champagne house located in Verzy, which is run by the Sacy family and named in honour of the Academy member Louis de Sacy (1654-1727).

The church in Sacy, Église Saint-Remi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Bococo, 2005).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2016-08-06

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