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

Diagram Cormoyeux 201503Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 75.7 hectares (187.1 acres), of which 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir.
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: Nanteuil-la-Forêt (part of the area Vesle et Ardre)
Southeast: Hautvillers (premier cru, part of the Grande Vallée de la Marne)
South: Romery
Southwest: Fleury-la-Rivière

Cormoyeux with vineyards above the village in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Rene Boulay, 2016).

The village

Cormoyeux 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 Romery and Fleury-la-Rivière are located in the same side valley.

The Cormoyeux commune covers 217 hectares and has 118 inhabitants (as of 2015).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Cormoyeux consist of mild slopes of varying exposure (from east- via south- to west-facing) with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Cormoyeux commune is 75.7 ha (187.1 acres). There are 45.6 ha Pinot Meunier (60.2%), 15.1 ha Chardonnay (20.0%), 14.8 ha Pinot Noir (19.6%), and 0.2 ha other grape varieties (0.3%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 71 ha. There are 100 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Cormoyeux include the following, among other:

  • Les Gimprés, a southwest-facing site just southeast of the village, located high in the slope and ending at the edge of the forest. Bochet-Lemoine produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard, based on Chardonnay vines planted in 1955.

Vineyards in the slope above Cormoyeux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Rene Boulay, 2016).

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.

  • Francis Mondet (NM, Facebook page), founded in 1928. Has 11 ha of vineyards, primarily in Cormoyeux and Romery, but also in Passy-Grigny. The range includes the vintage Champagne Prestige Millésimé composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinor Noir.

The Church of Cormoyeux, Église Saint-Clément. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2012).

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.

  • Baudin Fils (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Bochet-Lemoine (RM, Facebook page), has 8.5 ha of vineyards in Cormoyeux and Faverolles-et-Coëmy. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2013 vintage). Produces a vineyard-designated Champagne called Les Gimprés 1955 from the vineyard site of this name, and Chardonnay vines planted in 1955.
  • Boude-Baudin (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Vieille Vigne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2013 vintage), and Cuvée St Vincent which is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2011 vintage).
  • Boude-Pongnot (RM)
  • Dessaint-Tellier (RM), but uncertain if this producer still exists today.
  • Faniel et Fils (RM, Facebook page), earlier written J. Faniel & Fils. The range includes the vintage Champagne Les Secrets d’André which is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), which is oak barrel-vinified with old-fashioned string closure. Below a video from a visit to Faniel et Fils in 2017 by a Youtube channel. The first part shows Cormoyeux and the vineyards around the village.

  • Fabrice Lecourt (RM), has just under 6 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Pongnot Mongardien, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Vautrin Père & Fils (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2012 vintage).

Comment: The list may be incomplete.

Video clips

Below a video clip that shows the vineyards in Cormoyeux and surroundings. The camera is located near Romery, the village in the beginning of the clip is Fleury-la-Rivière and the vineyards in Cormoyeux appear in the right-hand edge of the picture at 0:09, i.e., they start to the right of the “wooden wedge”. The vineyards closest to the camera are located in Romery.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2018, last updated 2018-12-30

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