Champagne village profile: Ville-Dommange, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Diagram Ville-Dommange 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varities: 192.0 hectares (474.4 acres), of which 58% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 12% 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 Ville-Dommange, are in yellow and the autre cru villages are in orange. The La Petite Montagne de Reims part 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

Northnorthwest: Jouy-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Northeast: Les Mesneux
(premier cru)
Southeast: Sacy (premier cru)
Southwest: Courmas
West: Bouilly

The town hall (mairie) of Ville-Dommange. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Église Saint-Lié, the church in Ville-Dommange. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ludo29, 2007).

Ville-Dommange is located mid-slope in the “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.

Ville-Dommange is (together with its neighbour Sacy) one of those villages that had a certain name recognition already in the 19th century.

The Ville-Dommange commune extends over 340 hectares and has 412 inhabitants (as of 2013) called Villedommangeois and Villedommangeoises. It is also common to see the village name written as one unhyphenated word, Villedommange.

Vineyards

Vineyards above the church in Ville-Dommange as seen from the Saint-Lié chapel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ojsp58, 2007).

The vineyards consist of mostly east- to northeast-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims. The proportion of Pinot Meunier is high.

The current vineyard surface in the Ville-Dommange commune is 192.0 hectares (474.4 acres). There are 111.8 ha Pinot Meunier (58.2%), 57.7 ha Pinot Noir (30.0%), 22.3 ha Chardonnay (11.6%), and 0.2 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 96 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 189 ha.

Single vineyard sites

  • Clos des Bergeronneau is a site located directly at the village, on the northeastern side, and is inclosed on different sides by walls, hedges and an iron fence. Its size is 2.1 ha with a southeastern exposure, planted to 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir. The vineyard was bought in 2007 by Bergeronneau-Marion. So far, Bergeronneau-Marion only uses old vine Pinot Meunier vines for their vineyard-designated Champagne Clos des Bergeronneau. The first release was from the 2007 vintage, but was sold as a non-vintage. The vineyard is located within the lieu-dit Le Village (which covers most of the built-up part of the village), which is the formal name in the property register. Before, it seems also to have been known was Clos de l’Aurore.
  • Les Clos de Son is a northeast-facing site in the northern part of the commune, on the border to Jouy-lès-Reims. There is no vineyard wall.

Champagne producers

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. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Louis Dubrince (NM?), today (2014) has an address in Ville-Dommange. There are also bottles of  Louis Bubrince where the label says that they are produced by LDJ in Faverolles-et-Coëmy, which is the company behind Jeeper, under an NM code. I’ve not been able to figure out what lies behind this change, but a possibility is that the brand (and possibly facilities in Ville-Dommange) has been sold by LDJ, who got a new majority owner in 2013 following economic difficulties.

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.

  • Auguste-Serrurier (RC) has their cellars in Ville-Dommange, but the company seat is in Courmas.
  • Bardoux Père & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 4 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne. The top Champagne is called Prudent.
  • James Bergeronneau (RM)
  • Bergeronneau-Marion (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has vineyards with 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Noir, and an annual production of 90 000 bottles. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of the three common grape varieties. Cuvée Saint-Lié originates from a vineyard site directly at the Saint-Lie chapel and is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir. They also produce a vineyard-designated Pinot Meunier from Clos des Bergeronneau, from old vines and with old-fashioned string closure. The labels have earlier also said François Bergeronneau and F. Bergeronneau-Marion.
  • Boisselle & Fils (older website), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne and Cuvée Fût de chêne which is an oak barrel-vinified blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
  • Chanoir-Fresne (RC), has 3.5 ha of vineyards with 1/3 Chardonnay, 1/3 Pinot Noir, and 1/3 Pinot Meunier, and an annual production of 15 000 bottles. Cuvée Prestige is a blanc de blancs. They earlier had an address in Bezannes.
  • René Chardonnet & Fils (probably RC), run by Eric Chardonnet and Christophe Chardonnet. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Not to be confused with Chardonnet & Fils i Avize.
  • Laurent Charlier (SR), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne. Cuvée Thibault de Champagne is produced from grapes from old vines and Antique is a oak barrel-vinified cuvée from the three common grape varieties.
  • Guy Cogne (RC)
  • Coulon Père & Fils (RC), has 4 ha of vineyards in Ville-Dommange (3 ha: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay) and Coulommes-la-Montagne (1 ha Chardonnay) and an annual production of about 15 000 bottles. Their range includes a vintage Champagne composed of one-third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir. Also produces a vineyard-designated blanc de blancs from the site Les Paradis in Coulommes-la-Montagne.
  • Pascal Devilliers (RM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Fenaut-Bailly (RC), has the main part of their vineyards in Ville-Dommange, but also Pinot Noir in Les Mesneux and Pinot Meunier in Savigny-sur-Ardres, for a total of 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne is composed of 34% Pinot Meunier, 33% Chardonnay, and 33% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage). Inès is a non-vintage blend of their vintage cuvées since 1996. Cuvée Albert Fenaut is vinified in large oak barrels, and in the video below Jérôme Fenaut presents this cuvée and the oak barrels, that are located at the cooperative:

  • Fresne Ducret (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 6 ha of vineyards, of which 97% i Ville-Dommange, with 55% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. Their vintage Champagne is called Fresnésie and is a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.
  • Guy Froux et Fils (RC), the company is called Lebrun Froux.
  • Jean-Claude Henry (RC), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Infinite Eight (also written Infinite 8), a marketing-focussed producer with mainly  vintage Champagnes. The men behind the brand are Frank Leroux and Nicolas Le Tixerant.
  • L. Leboeuf & Fils (RC), where L is for Laurent.
  • Lebrun-Froux (RC), see also Guy Froux et Fils above.
  • Frédéric Massonot (RC)
  • S. Mazzini (RC), has vineyards in Ville-Dommange, Jouy-lès-Reims and Montbré, with 42% Pinot Meunier, 36% Chardonnay, and 22% Pinot Noir. The same family also owns a domaine in Burgundy, Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini in Gevrey-Chambertin. The S in S. Mazzini means Simon, but is written “S.” on the labels.
  • D. Poret et Fils (RC)
  • Roger Prioux (RM)
  • Albert Rolin (RM)
  • Truchon-Bergeronneau (RM)
  • Veuve Bardoux & Fils (RC), written Vve on the labels.

Comment: It is not certain that the list is 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 Vinicole de champagnisation, a cooperative founded in 1948, today with 23 members and 50 ha vineyards, and an annual production of 250 000 bottles. The wines are sold under the name:
    • Cl. de la Chapelle, (alternative website with a different look) where “Cl.” apparently is meant to be read “Clos”, but which currently never seem to be spelled out. It might be because most of the their Champagnes doesn’t come from a clos, which is the French term for a wall-enclosed vineyard. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 of each grape variety (refers to the 2007 and 2008 vintages). Their most ambitious cuvée is the non-vintage Privilège.
  • Société Vinicole des Producteurs, a cooperative with 156 members with about 220 ha of vineyards, founded in 1957 and with 1958 as the first harvest processed.
  • In Ville-Dommange there are also growers that are members of the Palmer & Co cooperative in Reims. Palmer primarily sources Pinot Meunier from Ville-Dommange (and from the neighbouring village, Sacy).

Video clips

Panorama of Ville-Dommange:

Video from a drone flying over Ville-Dommange:

Links

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

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