Champagne village profile: Mardeuil on the left bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Mardeuil 201503Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 194.2 hectares (479.9 acres), of which 53% Pinot Meunier, 29% Chardonnay and 18% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)
Not to be confused with the two villages called Mareuil, without d, but with the ending -sur-Aÿ and -le-Port.

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, orange is built-up areas, dark orange is dense built-up areas, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of the Marne
Northnortheast: Hautvillers (premier cru, part of the Grande Vallée de la Marne)
North: Cumières (premier cru, part of the Grande Vallée de la Marne)

On the left bank of the Marne
Southeast and south: Épernay
West: Vauciennes

The town hall (mairie) of Mardeuil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

Mardeuil is located along the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is more-or-less continuous with the built-up area of Épernay. The Mardeuil commune covers 919 hectares and has 1597 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as mardouillats and mardouillates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Mardeuil mostly consist of mild north-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety, but also with a significant proportion of Chardonnay. The vineyards are a continuation of those in Épernay, along the hill to the west of the city.

The current vineyard surface in the Mardeuil commune is 194.2 hectares (479.9 acres). There are 102.6 ha Pinot Meunier (52.8%), 56.4 ha Chardonnay (29%), and 35.2 ha Pinot Noir (18.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 183 ha. There are 152 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. Houses that control vineyards in the surface include Moët & Chandon.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Mardeuil includes Basses Ronces.

In the foreground vineyards in the area between Mardeuil and Épernay. The Mardeuil village is located beyond the vineyards, but in front of the flat farmland. The far village, beyond the farmland, is Cumières. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo October Ends, 2008).

Champagne producers

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.

  • L. Albert-Guichon (RC), has 4 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay.
  • Charles Barbier
  • Blaise-Lourdez & Fils (RM)
  • Briaux Lenique (RM), has 4 ha of vineyards around Mardeuil with 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir.
  • Guy Cadel, has 10 ha of vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, and in the area of Château Thierry.
  • Charlot-Tanneux (RM), on the labels also Vincent Charlot, is in conversion to biodynamic viticulture, and in connection with this the cuvées have been renamed. Uses oak barrels for most of its production.
  • Edith et Bernard Dubois (RC)
  • Pascal Étienne (RM?), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Gaillard-Girot
  • Philippe Gamet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 8,6 ha of vineyards in Mardeuil, Damery, and Fleury-la-Rivière.
  • Michel Gaillot (RM), also uses the name Cossiez-Gaillot.
  • M. Guiborat & Ses Fils (RM?), member of Vignerons Indépendants. (Not to be confused with Guiborat Fils in Cramant.)
  • Daniel Guiborat (RM)
  • Joannès-Lioté et Fils, has vineyards in Boursault, Fleury-la-Rivière, and Mardeuil.
  • Leblond-Mauchamp (RC), has vineyard in five villages.
  • Émile Leclère (RM), has 12 ha of vineyards spread out over a larger area, with 70% Pinot Meunier, 24% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Noir.
  • Clément Lemaire & Fils, has vineyards mostly in Mardeuil and Vauciennes, but also in Damery and Fleury-la-Rivière. The company name is Lemaire Garnier.
  • André Lenique (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5 ha of vineyards.
  • Jean Saint-Omer (RC), has vineyards in Vauciennes and Boursault.
  • Tanneux-Mahy (RM), has 6.5 ha of vineyards in Aÿ, Épernay, Mardeuil, and Verneuil that are tended according to lutte raisonnée principles. Uses a mixture of steel tanks and oak barrels of different sizes. The company name is Tanneux Père et Fils.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Cooperatives

  • Beaumont des Crayères is a cooperative with 238 members with 86.49 ha of vineyards. The vineyards of the members are to three-quarters located on the slopes around Épernay, but also include Cumières, Hautvillers, Dizy, Trépail, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, and Oger. In total there are 60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir. The cooperative was founded in 1955 and inaugurated their own presses and cellars at the 1958 harvest, and takes its name from one of the best vineyards in Mardeuil. The topp cuvée is a vintage Champagne named Nostalgie. Other than the name Beaumont des Crayères, they also sell Champagnes under the brand:
    • Jacques Lorent

The facilities of Beaumont de Crayères in Mardeuil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Champagne BDC, 2011).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-07-20

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