Champagne village profile: Serzy-et-Prin in the Vallée de l’Ardre

Diagram Serzy-et-Prin 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 75.6 hectares (186.8 acres), of which 82% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)

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

North: Hourges
Northnortheast: Vandeuil
East and southeast: Savigny-sur-Ardres
Southsoutheast: Faverolles-et-Coëmy
South: Lhéry
Southsouthwest: Lagery
Southwest: Brouillet
Northwest: Crugny

The town hall (mairie) in Serzy-et-Prin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérald Garitan, 2010).

The village

Serzy-et-Prin is located on top of the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims hill, along the Ardre river. The village is sometimes referred to as just Serzy.

The Serzy-et-Prin commune covers 736 hectares, with an elongated shape in the north-south direction, and has 176 inhabitants (as of 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Serzy-et-Prin consist of mild south- to west-facing slopes that are dominated by Pinot Meunier. Most of these vineyards are located directly north and east of the village, in a strip of vineyards stretching between Savigny-sur-Ardres and Serzy-et-Prin. There are additional vineyards in the northern part of the commune, in a block with a mild south-facing slope, and in the southern outskirts of the commune where they are part of a strip of vineyards located along the stream Ruisseu de Brouillet in four communes from Lhéry to Brouillet.

The current vineyard surface in the Serzy-et-Prin commune is 75.6 hectares (186.8 acres). There are 61.9 ha Pinot Meunier (81.9%), 7.9 ha Pinot Noir (10.4%), and 5.8 ha Chardonnay (7.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 72 ha. There are 30 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Alain Bailly (RM), a grower with just under 12 ha vineyards, of which a bit over 8 ha in Serzy-et-Prin and Savigny-sur-Ardre, and about 3.5 ha in the premier cru villages Sacy and Ville-Dommange in the Petite Montagne de Reims. Pinot Meunier makes up the largest part, their Chardonnay is mostly found in Sacy, and their Pinot Noir mostly on sandy soils. Their first bottles of their own were sold in 1940 under the name Bailly Frères, and then the producer was located in Ville-Dommange. Alain Bailly created the Serzy-et-Prin operation in 1962. They practice sustainable viticulture. The two top wine (both non-vintage) are Cuvée Fleur de Vigne, a Pinot Meunier from Serzy-et-Prin, and Cuvée Exception, a Chardonnay from Sacy vinified in small oak barrels.
  • Delagarde Delozanne (RM), on the bottles V. Delagarde, a member of Vignerons Indépendantes with 8 ha of vineyards in five villages, with 78% Pinot Meunier, 13.5% Pinot Noir, and 8.5% Chardonnay. The soils are mostly calcareous clay and the exposition is southeast. They initiated production from their own vineyards in Serzy-et-Prin in 2000 and continued with those in Germigny in 2005. They practice sustainable viticulture. Earlier, the sold their Champagnes under the name Yves Delozanne, but today they use V. Delagarde.
  • Delozanne-Gaudin
  • Bernard Housset (RM), has 7.4 ha of vineyards in Savigny-sur-Ardre, Serzy-et-Prin, Brouilly, and Villers-Allerand.
  • L & K Huiban, produces a blanc de blancs and has a high proportion of Chardonnay in their cuvées for being located in the Vallée de l’Ardre.
  • Jumeau-Delozanne (RC)
  • Jean-Michel Rogier (RC)

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

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 La Vigneronne is a cooperative with 184 medlemmar members that have a total of 185 ha of vineyards. The vineyards of the members are distributed over 25 communes in the Vallée de l’Ardre, Massif de Saint-Thierry, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne. 40 of the members sell “RC Champagnes” under their own name. It is one of the 82 cooperatives that are member of the major cooperative Centre Vinicole Champagne-Nicolas Feuillatte (CVC-NF), with its main facilities in Chouilly, but they also sell must/base wine to several large Champagne houses. Not to be confused with Coopérative La Vigneronne in Vertus!
    History
    The cooperative was formally founded in 1957 but the practical activities were started in 1965. They built new facilities in 1999.

Video clip

Below a clip about rosé production at the cooperative La Vigneronne in Serzy-et-Prin (French commentary, no subtitles).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2016-08-27

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