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

Diagram Mardeuil 201503Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 194.4 hectares (480.4 acres), of which 52% Pinot Meunier, 30% 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.

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, orange is built-up areas, dark orange is dense built-up areas, 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, if there is one.

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 1513 inhabitants (as of 2016), 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 194.4 hectares (480.4 acres). There are 101.1 ha Pinot Meunier (52.0%), 58.4 ha Chardonnay (30.0%), and 34.9 ha Pinot Noir (18.0%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 183 ha. There are 153 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 the following, among others:

  • Le Bas Clos, a mildly north-facing site in the western part of the commune, located in the lower part of the slope, immediately to the south of the D3 road. Borders in the west to Les Pendants des Clos.
  • Les Basses Ronces, a mildly north-facing site located immediately to the southeast of the village, north of the D3 road. Borders in the south to Les Ronces. Used by Vincent Charlot for their L’Or des Basses Ronces.
  • Beau Mont des Crayères, a north-facing site in the western part of the commune, located mid-slope. Has lent its name to the winemaking cooperative in the village.
  • Les Clos, a mildly north-facing site in the western part of the commune, located in the lower part of the slope, a short distance to the south of the D3 road. Borders in the north to Les Pendants des Clos, in the east to Le Clos Marmande and in the south to La Dune.
  • La Clos Marmande, a mildly east- and norheast-facing site in the western part of the commune, located in the lower part of the slope, a short distance to the south of the D3 road. Borders in the north to Les Pendants des Clos and in the west to Les Clos.
  • Le Clos Terre Douce, a north-facing site in the western part of the commune, located mid-slope. Borders in the northwest to La Dune.
  • La Dune, a north-facing site in the western part of the commune, located mid-slope. Borders in the north to Les Clos and in the southeast to Le Clos Terre Douce. Used by Vincent Charlot for their Le Rubis de la Dune.
  • La Genette, a north/northnorthwest-facing site in the southern part of the commune, located in the upper part of the slope. Used by Vincent Charlot for their L’Écorché de la Genette.
  • Le Mont De Bon, a mildly north-facing site in the southeastern part of the commune, on the border to Épernay. Borders in the north to Les Ronces.
  • Les Pendants des Clos, a mildly east- and north-facing site in the western part of the commune, located in the lower part of the slope, immediately to the south of the D3 road. Borders in the south to Les Clos and Le Clos Marmande, and in the east to Le Bas Clos.
  • Les Ronces, a mildly north-facing site located to the southeast of the village, south of the D3 road. Borders in the north to Les Basses Ronces and in south to Le Mont De Bon. Tanneux-Mahy produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this site.

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. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier.
  • Charles Barbier (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage).
  • Blaise-Lourdez & Fils (RM)
  • Briaux Lenique (RM, Facebook page), has 4 ha of vineyards around Mardeuil with 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir. The range includes the vintage Champagne Perle de Craie composed of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2012 vintage).
  • Guy Cadel (RM), has 10 ha of vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne, Côte des Blancs, and in the area of Château Thierry. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Information from 2018 indicates that the producer now sells their grapes instead of producing Champagnes under their own name.
  • Charlot-Tanneux (RM), on the labels also Vincent Charlot (Facebook page), has 4.2 ha in Mardeuil  and in the surrounding villages. The producer is in conversion to biodynamic viticulture, and in connection with this the cuvées have been renamed. The Vincent Charlot name is now used for the more ambitious part of the range. Uses oak barrels for most of its production.L’Extravagant is a vintage blanc de blancs. Chardonnay en parure de roses is a vintage rosé composed of 90% Chardonnay from Vauciennes and 10% Pinot Meunier from Mardeuil. Clos des Futies is a vineyard-designated vintage Champagne from a site in Épernay (a plot of 0.18 ha) and is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. L’Or des Basses Ronces is a vineyard-designated 100% Chardonnay from the site Les Basses Ronces in Mardeuil (a plot of 0.40 ha). L’Écorché de la Genette is a vineyard-designated vintage rosé from the site La Genette in Mardeuil and is composed of 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir. Le Rubis de la Dune is a vineyard-designated vintage rosé from the site La Dune in Mardeuil (a plot of 0.28 ha) and is composed of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir. The oak barrel-vinified vintage Champagne Cuvée Micheline Tanneux is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2003 vintage) and was also part of the old range.
  • Desbœufs & Fils (RC, Facebook page), formerly Desbœufs Drouin, has 4 ha of vineyards mostly in Mardeuil, Montigny, and Binson. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). The company name is Francis Desboeuf.
  • Edith et Bernard Dubois (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Pascal Étienne (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5 ha in Cumières, Hautvillers, and Damery. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Philippe Gamet (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 8.6 ha of vineyards in Mardeuil, Damery, and Fleury-la-Rivière with 80% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 35% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 30% Pinot Meunier.
  • Michel Gaillot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Also uses the name Cossiez-Gaillot. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • M. Guiborat & Ses Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Not to be confused with Guiborat Fils in Cramant.
  • Daniel Guiborat (RM, Facebook page)
  • Joannès-Lioté et Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 8.6 ha of vineyards in Boursault, Fleury-la-Rivière, and Mardeuil with 61% Pinot Meunier, 22% Chardonnay, and 17% Pinot Noir.
  • Leblond-Mauchamp (RC), has vineyards in five villages.
  • Émile Leclère (RM, Facebook page), has 12 ha of vineyards spread out over a larger area, with 70% Pinot Meunier, 24% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Noir. Also uses the name Vincent Delouvin. The range includes a vintage Champagne featuring 100% Chardonnay (refers to the 2015 vintage).
  • Clément Lemaire & Fils (Facebook page), has vineyards mostly in Mardeuil and Vauciennes, but also in Damery and Fleury-la-Rivière. The company name is Lemaire Garnier.
  • André Lenique (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5 ha of vineyards.
  • Jean Saint-Omer (RC, Facebook page), has vineyards in Vauciennes and Boursault.
  • Tanneux-Mahy (RM, Facebook-sida), har 6,5 ha vingårdar i Aÿ, Épernay, Mardeuil och Verneuil som sköts enligt lutte raisonnée-principen. Använder sig av en blandning av ståltankar och ekfat av olika storlek. Le Mont De Bon är en vingårdsbetecknad årgångschampagne från ett läge i Mardeuil, och består av 75% Chardonnay 75% och 25% Pinot Noir. Den är ekfatsvinifierad och försluten med klammer (agrafe) snarare än grimma. Företagsnamnet är Tanneux Père et Fils.
  • Tanneux-Mahy (RM, Facebook page), 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. Le Mont De Bon is a vineyard-designated vintage Champagne from a site in Mardeuil, and is composed of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. It is oak barrel-vinified and closed using a staple (agrafe) rather than a wire cage. The company name is Tanneux Père et Fils.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperative

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Beaumont des Crayères (Facebook page) is a cooperative with 230 members with 86.49 ha of vineyards. The vineyards of the members are to three-quarters located on the slopes around Épernay, but also in Damery, Cumières, Hautvillers, Dizy, Pierry, and Vinay. Formerly, also Trépail, Avize, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Oger were mentioned. In total there are just over 60% Pinot Meunier together with 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. They produce a series of vintage Champagnes having “Fleur” in their name: Fleur de Prestige composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 and 2008 vintages), Fleur Blanche which is a 100% Chardonnay, Fleur Noire with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 and 2008 vintages), Fleur de Meunier which is 100% Pinot Meunier, and Fleur de Rosé composed of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier, including 10% red wine (refers to the 2006 and 2008 vintages). The top cuvée is a vintage Champagne named Nostalgie composed of 65% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2004 and 2006 vintages). Other than under the name Beaumont des Crayères, they also sell Champagnes using the brand:
    • Jacques Lorent

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

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© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2019, last update 2019-03-13

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