Champagne village profile: Fleury-la-Rivière on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Fleury-la-Rivière 201503Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 225.5 hectares (557.2 acres), of which 71% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 14% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)

Map

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.

Neighbouring villages

North: Chaumuzy (part of the area Vesle et Ardre)
Northnortheast: Nanteuil-la-Forêt (part of the area Vesle et Ardre)
Northeast: Cormoyeux
Eastsoutheast: Romery
South: Damery
Northwest: Belval-sous-Châtillon

The town hall (mairie) of Fleury-la-Rivière. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

The village

Fleury-la-Rivière 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 Fleury-la-Rivière commune covers 798 hectares and has 515 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Fleurysiens and Fleurysiennes.

Monument in Fleury-la-Rivière with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2017).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivière mostly consist of mild slopes, to a large proportion southeast-facung slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Fleury-la-Rivière commune is 225.5 ha (557.2 acres). There are 159.8 ha Pinot Meunier (70.9%), 33.3 ha Pinot Noir (14.8%), 32.3 ha Chardonnay (14.3%), and 0.1 ha other (<0.1%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 204 ha. There are 232 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vingårdar in Fleury-la-Rivière. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto Pline, 2012).

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.

  • Henri David-Heucq (NM), often HDH for short, a producer with 9.4 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2013 vintage). Not to be confused with François Heucq below or André Heucq (formerly Heucq Père & Fils) in Cuisles.

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.

  • Claude Arnould (RC)
  • Claude Bérat & Fils (RC)
  • Michel Bouché (RM)
  • Emmanuel Charpentier (RM)
  • Comte de Montperthuis (RC), has vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivère, Damery, and Chambrecy. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Gaston Delaunois (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Demière (RM), also written A & J Demière, member of the Vignerons Indépendants. The vineyards are in Fleury-la-Riviere and contain 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne Lysandre has been of varying composition in different vintages (2008: 50% PM/50% PN, 2009: 100% Ch, 2011: 100% PN from the vineyard site Les Mont Midi). The range also includes Soléra 23, a Champagne from 100% Pinot Meunier and a solera (continuous blend of vintages), as well as Soléra Vénérable, a still white wine (Coteaux Champenois) from 100% Pinot Meunier also produced using the solera method.
  • Pierre Dubois (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Duval-Prétrot (RM), member of the Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Sylvain Foinon (RM)
  • Goût-Demière (RC)
  • François Heucq (RM, Facebook page), whose vineyards consist of 55% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Not to be confused with Henri David-Heucq.
  • Husson (RM), also Husson & Fils.
  • Chantal Lallement (RM), member of the Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Daniel Lallement (RM)
  • Legrand-Latour (RC, Facebook page), who also has a cellar with an exhibition of fossils (those that are found in the chalky soils in Champagne) under the name La Cave aux Coquillages.
  • Arthur Marc (RM, Facebook page), also written Marc for short, formerly Patrice Marc, a member of the Vignerons Indépendants. The vintage Champagne is 100% Chardonnay. Fleury Rouge is a still red wine (Coteaux Champenois) from 100% Pinot Meunier.
  • Didier Marc (RM, Facebook page), also written D. Marc, has 4 ha of vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivière, of which 2.7 ha Pinot Meunier, 1 ha Chardonnay, and 0.3 ha Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Maumy-Chapier (RM), has 6.5 ha of vineyards distributed over ten commune in the Côte des Blanc, the Côte Sûd d’Épernay, and the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite: Avize, Oger, Grauves, Monthelon, Mancy, Chavot, Damery, Fleury-la-Rivière, Cormoyeux, and Passy-Grigny. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Jean-Pol Monnard
  • Ghislain Payer et fille (RC, Facebook page), has 4 ha of vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivière, with 45% Pinot Meunier, 45% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 38% Pinot Noir, and 12% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Michel Payer (RC)
  • Remy Payer (RC), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: Brut Millésime och Cuvée Symphonie.
  • Christophe Pommelet (Facebook page), has 5.4 ha of vineyards with a majority of Pinot Meunier. The top Champagne is called Éclats de Diamants and is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.
  • Roellinger-Vatel (RM)
  • Philippe Rouyer (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 4.5 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay.
  • Michel Sibeaux (RC), who has 4 ha of vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivière, Damery, Olizy-Violaine, Cuchery, La Neuville-aux-Larris, and Mardeuil.
  • Th. Thomas-Hatté (RC), where Th. stands for Thierry, has 3.1 ha of vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivière, Mardeuil, and Damery, with 65% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2012 vintage).
  • Thomas-Hatté & Fils (RC), has vineyards in Fleury-la-Rivière, Vauciennes, Boursault, and Venteuil.har vingårdar i Fleury-la-Rivière, Vauciennes, Boursault och Venteuil. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.
  • Henri Vauthier (RC)
  • Jean-Max Vauthier (RC), vars sortiment inkluderar två årgångschampagner.
  • Yannick Vauthier (RC, Facebook page)

Comment: The list may be complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole de Fleury-la-Rivière (blog) is a cooperative with 126 members with 117.5 ha of vineyards. It is one of the 82 cooperatives that are members of the major cooperative Centre Vinicole Champagne-Nicolas Feuillatte (CVC-NF), with its main facilities in Chouilly. For Champagnes sold by themselves from their own production they use the brand:
    • François-Principe Arnoult, namned for a 19th century wine merchant in the village, who was also involved in charity.

Video clips

A video clip that shows Fleury-la-Rivière and surrounding vineyards.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2018, last update 2018-12-14

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