Champagne village profile: Damery on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Damery 201503Key facts for Damery

Located in subregion/area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 407.5 hectares (1006.7 acres), of which 61% Pinot Meunier, 21% Pinot Noir and 18% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (89%)
Noted for: one of the largest villages in terms of vineyard size among the “autres crus”.

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 Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite highlighted.

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

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of the Marne
East: Cumières, part of the Grande Vallée de la Marne
Northeast: Romery
North: Fleury-la-Rivière
Westnorthwest: Venteuil

On the left bank of the Marne
Eastsoutheast: Mardeuil, part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Southsoutheast: Vauciennes, part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Westsouthwest: Boursault, part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche

Damery as seen from the vineyards above the village. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Zubro, 2005).

The village

Damery is located at the Marne river, on its right bank, which is north of the river. Damery is the easternmost village along the river that isn’t counted as a part of the Grande Vallée de la Marne, which is the wider part of the Marne valley where the premier cru and grand cru villages are located.

The Damery commune covers 1544 hectares and has 1471 inhabitants (as of 2014) called Dameziats and Dameziates.

Damery as seen from the other bank of the Marne river. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Espirat, 2018).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Damery consist of dominating south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

In similarity to the neighbouring village, Venteuil, Damery was scored 89% on the now-defunct échelle des crus, which means that these villages just missed out on premier cru classification, which was applied to villages in the 90%-99% range on this scale.

The current vineyard surface in the Damery commune is 407.4 hectares (1006.7 acres). There are 247.8 ha Pinot Meunier (60.8%), 84.8 ha Pinot Noir (20.8%), 73.0 ha Chardonnay (17.9%), and 1.8 ha others (0,4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 382 ha. There are 516 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Houses that control vineyards in the village include Bollinger, Pol Roger, Roederer, and Taittinger.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Damery include the following, among others:

  • Les Clos d’Arty, a south-facing site in the western part of the commune, close to the hamlet Arty and the border to the Ventuil commune, located in the upper part of the slope. No vineyard wall.
  • Clos des Monnaies is located inside Damery. Covers 1 ha divided between Goutorbe-Boillot (0.3 ha) and Eric Lemaire (0.7 ha). Goutorbe-Boillot produces a vineyard-designated vintage Champagne from this site.
  • Les Pissottes, a south-facing site in the western part of the commune, close to the border to Ventuil, located mid-slope. Goutorbe-Boillot produces a still red wine from old Pinot Meunier vines from this site.

Vineyards above Damery. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline 2012).

Damery Rouge

Some still red wine is produced in Damery under the appellation Coteaux Champenois, but Damery Rouge isn’t as common as Cumières Rouge is, the red wine from the neighbouring village Cumières.

Champagne producers

Major Champagne houses, members of the Union des Maisons de Champagne

  • A.R. Lenoble (NM, Facebook page), a house with about 18 ha of vineyards, of which 10 ha in Chouilly (Côtes des Blancs), 6 ha in Bisseuil (Grande Vallée de la Marne), and 2.5 ha in Damery. Uses low dosage in their Champagnes, which are partially oaked. The two top cuvées are both blanc de blancs (100% Chardonnay) from Chouilly: the vintage Cuvée Gentilhomme which is fully oaked, and the non-vintage Les Aventures, which is vineyard-designated and was launched in 1999 (then composed of 1990, 1995, and 1996; the current batch in 2017 is stated to be composed of 2002 and 2006 with 22% oak). Other than that, there is a regular vintage blanc de blancs from Chouilly, with 10% oak barrel treatment, and a vintage blanc de noirs with 100% Pinot Noir from Bisseuil and 35% oak. Older vintages are sold under the name Collection.
    History
    The house was founded was Armand-Raphaël Graser, who moved from Alsace 1915 and started to sell Champagnes under the A.R. Lenoble name in 1920.

Large barrels in the cellar at J. de Telmont. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo ADT Marne, 2014).

  • J. de Telmont (NM, Facebook page), a Champagne house that has 36 ha of vineyards and a production of slightly over one million bottles per year. The range includes five vintage Champagnes: Grand Vintage composed of three grape varieties and a Blanc de Blancs, which is also called Grand Blanc de Blancs. There are also two vintage blanc de blancs produced using grapes from Avize and Chouilly: Grand Couronnement which is produced in steel tanks and O.R 1735 that sees partial (30-40%) oak barrel treatment and has old-fashioned string closure. J. de Telmont sells older Pinot Meunier-dominated vintage Champagne under the designation Héritage. These were produced by René Collard (1921-2009) in Reuil until 1995 and the remaining stock was taken over by J. de Telmont following the death of Collard. There is also a Champagne completely without added sulfur, Sans Soufre Ajouté, and a still white wine, a Coteaux Champenois from oak barrel-vinified 100% Chardonnay called Insolite.
    History
    The house was founded in 1912 by Henri Lhopital, who sold Champagne under the family name Lhopital. It was his successor André Lhopital who changed the name to the current one, as well as expanded the vineyards under their control.
    Vintages of J. de Telmont Héritage (formerly René Collard Carte d’Or): 1969, 1975, 1976, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1995.

Other 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.

  • Louis Casters (NM, Facebook page), a house founded in 1899 by Eugène Cadel. The vintage Champagne is a blanc de blancs and the non-vintage top wine is called Cuvée Eugène and consists of 70% Chardonnay and 15% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
  • Casters-Liebart (NM, Facebook page), a house founded in 1969 where one branch has the same history as Louis Casters. Has mostly vineyards in Damery, but also in Saint-Martin-d’Ablois with 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir. The top Champagne is non-vintage and is called Cuvée Vincent Eugène and is composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir.
  • Romain Guistel (NM), has 5 ha of vineyards. Also uses the brand:
    • Signature, where the family’s vineyard holdings are stated to be 22 ha.
  • Haton & Filles (NM, Facebook page), has their own vineyards in five villages, Vauciennes, Boursault, Damery, Fleury-la-Rivière, and Cuchery, and purchases grapes from Trépail to make a blanc de blancs.
  • Jean-Noël Haton (NM, Facebook page), a house with 20 ha of their own vineyards, whose vintage Champagne is called Noble Vintage. Also sells Champagnes under the brand:
    • Louis Régnier
  • Prévoteau-Perrier (NM, Facebook page), produces Champagnes from 30 ha of vineyards, of which 22 ha owned by them, in Damery and surrounding villages in the Vallée de la Marne, in the Coteaux Sud d’Epernay and in Chouilly in the Côte des Blancs. Production is just under 300 000 bottles per year. The top Champagne is called Cuvée Adrienne Lecouvreur and is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir with a high proportion of reserve wines.
  • Rigot-Caillez (NM), whose range includes three vintage Champagnes: Millésime composed of 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to 2005 and 2009), a vintage blanc de blancs (producerad from the 2010 vintage), and L’Origine, a vintage blanc de blancs (first prouced in a small volume in the 2009 vintage).

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.

  • Henry Bertrand (Facebook page)
  • Marie Josèphe Bertrand (RM), with 4 ha of vineyards in Damery and Cumières.
  • Jean Billiard (RM)
  • Blaise-Lourdez et Fils (RM)
  • Daniel Caillez (RM, Facebook page), on the labels written Caillez, member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 5.6 ha of vineyards in Damery and Vauciennes. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to 2006 and 2010), and the range also includes a vintage-dated Héritage composed to 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier (refers to 2009 and 2012) vinified in oak, which is indicated by the additional designation Fût de chêne on the label.
  • Caillez-Lemaire (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 7 ha of vineyards, of which a little over 4 ha in Damery and the rest in Vauciennes, Cumières, Hautvillers, Fleury-la-Rivière, and Chaumuzy. Partly uses vinification in oak barrels. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Jadis (until the 2003 vintage Cuvée Pauline) and is vinified in oak barrels. Its composition is 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2007 vintage). The range also includes a Damery Rouge.
  • Charlier-Billiard (RM, Facebook page), who has vineyards in Damery and Montigny-sous-Châtillon. The vintage Champagne is a blanc de blancs.
  • Maurice Choppin (RM), has just under 5 ha of vineyards in Damery, Cumières and Saint-Martin-d’Ablois (in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay) with 55% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, 12.5% Pinot Noir, and 2.5% of the unusual Petit Meslier and Arbanne. Partially uses oak barrels. The two unusual grape varieties end up in a cuvée named Petits Mesliers-Arbannes.
  • Maurice Delabaye et Fils (RM, Facebook page), has about 10 ha of vineyards in Aÿ, Cumières, Hautvillers, Dizy and other villages. Partly uses oak barrels for some cuvées. The vintage Champagnes of the range are Cuvée Victor Delabaye which is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to 2008 and 2010) and is partly oaked, the assemblage rosé Cuvée Rose Eloïse Millésime composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage), and Suprême Vintage which is composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from grand cru villages.
  • Alexandre Filaine (RM, Facebook page)
  • Pierre Gilbert (RM), has 1.7 ha of vineyards in Damery, Boursault, and Hautvillers.
  • André Goutorbe & Fils (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 12 ha of vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne consisting of 35% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir, and 50% Pinot Meunier. Cuvée Plaisir d’Antan is a 100% Chardonnay which is oak barrel-treated and has its cork secured with strings in the old-fashioned way. Cuvée AG 1875 is a 100% Chardonnay which is oak barrel vinified, given extended cellaring, and has an agrafe (large staple) instead of a wire muselet.
  • Goutorbe-Bouillot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 8 ha of vineyards, all of it in Damery, with about 40% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Noir. Annual production is about 55 000 bottles. Clos des Monnaies is a vineyard-designated vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2010 vintage) which is oak barrel vinified. The range also includes a still red wine, La Cabane des Pissottes, produced from old vines (over 60 years of age) of Pinot Meunier in the vineyard site Les Pissottes.
  • Eric Lemaire (RM, Facebook page), whose vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier (refers to 2002 and 2004). Cuvée Seigneuriale is a non-vintage 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines, with the cork secured with strings in the old-fashioned way.
  • Henri Lemaire (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 6 ha of vineyards in Damery and Cumières. The vintage-dated Élégance is composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to 2005 and 2008).
  • A. Lété (RC, Facebook page), has 9 ha of vineyards in Damery and Fleury-la-Rivière.
  • Pierre Lété (RC), not to be confused with Jean-Pierre Lété in Boursault.
  • Moinier-Fourny (RM, Facebook page)
  • C. Niziolek (Facebook page)
  • Guy Niziolek (RM)
  • Thierry Niziolek (RM)
  • Yannick Prévoteau (RM), has 10 ha distributed over 12 villages, including Aÿ, Pierry, and Venteuil. La Perle des Treilles features a high proportion of Pinot Noir and has been named for the piece of land (lieu-dit) where their cellar is located, Les Treilles, and also exists in a Nature version without dosage. Millésime is the regular vintage Champagne. Origine 1911 is a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay from the vineyard site Les Hautes Plantes in Vitry, 15% Chardonnay from Les Barsaux n Venteuil, and 35% Pinot Noir from Les Barils in Venteuil (refers to 2008). The cork is secured with strings in the old-fashioned way.
  • Raymond Vézy (RC)

Comment: The list may be incomplete.

The town hall (Hotel de ville) of Damery. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérald Garitan, 2014).

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.

  • Societe de Vinification is a cooperative with 98 members with a total of 62 ha.

Former Champagne producers

  • Jeeper was started in 1949 in Damery by Armand Goutorbe. Was bought in 2009 by Pressoirs de France in Faverolles-et-Coëmy, where the facilities are now located.

The church in Damery, Église Saint-Georges. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MOSSOT, 2008).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2018, last update 2018-08-01

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