Champagne village profile: Marfaux, a village in the Vallée de l’Ardre, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Diagram Marfaux 201503Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 40.2 hectares (99.3 acres), of which 73% Pinot Meunier, 24% Pinot Noir, and 3% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

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 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

West and northwest: Chaumuzy
Northnortheast: Courmas
Northeast: Sacy (premier cru)
Eastnortheast: Écueil (premier cru)
Southeast: Pourcy

The church in Marfaux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Martpan, 2012).

The village

Marfaux is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, along the upper part of the Ardre river, which here is just a small stream.

The Marfaux commune covers 675 hectares and has 145 inhabitants (as of 2013) callled Marfautiots and Marfautiotes.

There are two military cemeteries in Marfaux, one British and one German, where soldiers from World War I are buried.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Marfaux are located in a block in the northern part of the commune, shaped somewhat like an amphitheatre, just south of a forest area. Here we find mild southwest- to southeast-facing slopes toward the Vallée de l’Ardre. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Marfaux commune is 40.2 hectares (99.3 acres). There are 29.5 ha Pinot Meunier (73.4%), 9.6 ha Pinot Noir (23.9%), and 1.1 ha Chardonnay (2.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 39 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Terres des Clos, a site northeast of the village and located just south of Les Vignes des Clos, in the direction of the stream Ruisseau des Terres des Clos (called Ruisseau des Clos de Cuitron by Google Maps). Yann Alexandre in Courmas produces a red Coteaux Champenois consisting of Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Vignes des Clos, a site northeast of the village and located just south of the road to Sacy.

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.

  • Lionel Benoit (RC), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes, where one is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, and the other is a vintage rosé.
  • Daniel Fresne (RC)
  • Denis Macquart (RC), also uses the name M & Filles. Has 4 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay. Cuvée Suzane is oak barrel-vinified and composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier.
  • Fabrice Moreau (RC), has most of their vineyards in Marfaux. There is also another RC producer by the same name in Épernay.
  • Pavot-Balassi (RM)
  • Jean-Marie Vincent (RC, there are also RM bottles that look older), which mention Marfaux on the label but also has an address in Fismes, which is located to the northwest.

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

The German cemetery in Marfaux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Wernervc, 2015).

Links

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

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