Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 183.9 hectares (454.4 acres), of which 44% Pinot Meunier, 38% Pinot Noir, and 18% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (89%)
On the left bank of theMarne
South: Boursault, part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Venteuil is located at the Marne river, on its right bank, which is north of the river.
Venteuil is flanked by two small villages that are also within the borders of the Venteuil commune: Tincourt to the west and Arty to the east. Just as Venteuil itself, they are located mid-slope.
The Venteuil commune covers 625 hectares and has 545 inhabitants (as of 2013) called Venteuillats and Venteuillates.
The vineyards in Venteuil consist almost exclusively of south-facing slopes where Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety, but where the proportion of Pinot Noir is also high.
In similarity to the neighbouring village, Damery, Venteuil 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 Venteuil commune is 183.9 hectares (454.4 acres). There are 80.5 ha Pinot Meunier (43.8%), 69.9 ha Pinot Noir (38%), 33.2 ha Chardonnay (18.1%), and 0.3 ha others (<0.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 171 ha. There are 132 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
- Les Rosiers, a site just south of/below Arty. Maurice Grumier produces a vineyard-designated rosé from 100% Pinot Noir from this vineyard site.
Other vineyards sites in Venteuil include Les Barils, Les Barsaux, and Plates Pierres.
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.
- Granzamy Père & Fils (NM), which also produces Champagnes under the brand Hubert d’Igny.
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.
- Autréau-Lasnot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes the vintage Champagne Millésime Prestige composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
- Bouché-Machuré (RC), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne.
- Boyer-Rouillère (RC)
- Codan-Richard et fils (RM)
- Gilles Coulournat (RM)
- Coutelas-Rahir et Fils (RM)
- Déhu-Lechevalier (RM)
- Demay-Didier (RM), created by fusion of Demay-Dehu & Fils with Didier-Niceron/Didier-Destrez, which was located in Saint-Martin-d’Ablois. The range includes a vintage Champagne compose of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 5% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vinte). The top wine is called Cuvée Marcel-André and consists of 50% Pinot Noir from Saint-Martin-d’Ablois and 50% Chardonnay from Venteuil.
- Deplaine-Faye et Filles (RM; Facebook), the range of which includes an oak-vinified vintage Champagne by the name Cuvée Natacha.
- Maurice Grumier (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 8.5 ha of vineyards in five villages in the Vallée de la Marne: Venteuil, Reuil, Dormans, Festigny, and Nesle-le-Répons, with 55% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay. Annual production is about 72 000 bottles. Have resumed the use of oak barrels since 2004. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed by 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage), and a vineyard-designated rosé (using the saignée method) from 100% Pinot Noir by the name Les Rosiers.
- Robert Grumier (RC)
- Julien Guerre (RM), has vineyards in Venteuil, Reuil, Montigny, Baslieux-sous-Châtillon, and Cramant with a majority of Pinot Noir.
- P. Guerre & Fils (RM), has vineyards in 10 villages including Venteuil, Damery, Boursault, Épernay, and Vertus. The range includes a vintage Champagne and the top wine Cuvée Confidentielle consisting of 100% Pinot Noir.
- Hennequin Père & Fils (RM), has 2.5 ha of vineyards with 38% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier, and 29% Chardonnay.
- B. Hennequin (RM)
- Jean-François Launay (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
- Dominique Lemaire (RM)
- Lhopital-Tripet (RC)
- Georges Liébart et Fils (RM)
- Jean-Pierre Marniquet (RM), the range of which includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular Millésime composed of 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage) and Prestige composed of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 1995 vintage).
- Marx-Barbier & Fils
- Marx-Coutelas & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
- Mignon Père & Fils (RM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne. Unusually enough, there is another producer with exactly the same name and way of writing it, in Vinay. They can be told apart by the labels saying Mignon Père & Fils à Venteuil and Mignon Père & Fils à Vinay.
- Mignon-Boulard & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
- Mignon-Mignon (RM)
- Moutte-Vincent Père et Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
- Petit Mignon (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 4 ha of vineyards in Damery and Venteuil. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Naeyaert-Mignon (RC)
- Potel-Prieux (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 3 ha of vineyards in Venteuil and Reuil. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Prévoteau & Fils
- Champagne du Rédempteur (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Older bottles also has the text Dubois P. & F. on the label. The gentleman with a mustache on the labels is Edmond Dubois, who played an important role in the 1911 Champagne riots. For this, he spend three months in prison, but also got the local nickname Le Rédempteur, “the redeemer”. The range includes a vintage Champagne, vinified one year in large oak vats, composed of 50% Chardonnat and 50% Pinot Noir. Cuvée du Centenaire was introduced in 2011, features a larger picture of Edmond Dubois, is vinified one year in large oak vats, composed of 50% Chardonnat and 50% Pinot Noir, and is sold non-vintage with about 8 years of age.
Comment: the list may not be complete.
- Coopérative Vinicole de Venteuil is a cooperative with 123 members that have 87.94 ha of vineyards between them. 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.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Venteuil commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s new village profile of Venteuil.
- UMC’s old village profile of Venteuil. (dead link)
- Vineyard map of Venteuil at weinlagen-info.de
- The Swedish version of this post.
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