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

Diagram Romery 201503Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 72.7 hectares (179.6 acres), of which 59% Pinot Meunier, 28% Chardonnay and 13% Pinot Noir
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Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)

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

North: Cormoyeux
Southeast: Hautvillers (premier cru, part of the area Grande Vallée de la Marne)
Southwest: Damery
West: Fleury-la-Rivière

Romery and surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Zubro, 2005).

The village

Romery is located on the right bank of the Marne river, but a bit removed from the river in a side valley formed by the small stream Le Brunet. The neighbouring villages Cormoyeux and Fleury-la-Rivière are located in the same side valley.

The Romery commune covers 207 hectares and has 157 inhabitants (as of 2015) referred to as Romanions and Romanionnes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Romery consist of mild west- to south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Romery commune is 72.7 ha (179.6 acres). There are 42.9 ha Pinot Meunier (59.0%), 20.4 ha Chardonnay (28.1%), 9.3 ha Pinot Noir (12.8%), and 0.1% other grape varieties (0.1%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 69 ha. There are 80 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards outside Romery. The village is seen to the left in the picture. The village to the right in the distance is Cormoyeux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo ADT Marne, 2015).

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.

  • Tribaut Schloesser (NM, Facebook page), has 25 ha of vineyards, including in Romery, Fleury-la-Riviére and Cormoyeux with 40% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier. The range includes two vintage Champagnes both composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay: Brut Millésime and L’Authentique, which features old-fashioned string closure.
    Here a video that presents Tribaut Schloesser.

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.

  • Pierre Charpentier (RM)
  • Chevillet-Morlet (RC), with 5 ha of vineyards in Romery and Fleury-la-Rivière. The range includes a vintage Champagne. The company name is Jean-Claude Chevillet.
  • Daverdon, complete name Sébastien Daverdon, usually written Daverdon Sébastien or Daverdon S., has vineyards in Romery and Hautvillers. Big oak barrels (foudres) are used for some cuvées and the top wine is called Cuvée René (70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir).
  • Vincent Gobert (RM). Fûts n’en bulles is an oak barrel-vinified Champagne produced in an old-fashioned way, completely using hand-powered equipment, and which has a closure with a big staple (agrafe).
  • Aurelién Lurquen (RM), who has 2.3 ha of vineyards (biodynamically cultivated) with 40% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Meunier, and 1% Petit Meslier. Member of the small grower organisation Des Pieds et des Vins. Production under the own label is so far very modest, about 2000 bottles annually, and includes both still wine (Coteaux Champenois) and Champagne.
  • José Marc (Facebook page)
  • Joël Marc-Tellier (RC), vars sortiment inkluderar en årgångschampagne.
  • Pingret-Sangret
  • Frédéric Pommelet (RM?, Facebook page), has 3 ha of vineyards.
  • Jean-Luc Pommelet (RM)

Comment: The list may be complete.

The church in Romery, Église Saint Laurent. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2012).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2019, last update 2019-01-13

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