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

Diagram Reuil 201504Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 192.6 hectares (475.9 acres), of which 56% Pinot Meunier, 31% Pinot Noir, and 13% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)

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, and green indicates forest.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of the Marne
Åt öster: Venteuil
Åt norr: Villers-sous-Châtillon
Åt nordväst: Binson-et-Orquigny

On the left bank of the Marne
Åt sydost: Boursault (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)
Åt söder: Œuilly (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)

The church in Reuil, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MOSSOT, 2008).

The village

Reuil is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river.

The Reuil commune covers 536 hectares and has 301 inhabitants (as of 2012), called reuillats and reuillates.

Domaine Bacchus (see below) has a museum or “Lilliputian land” of 75 m2 and with over 220 figures sized about 30 cm (one feet) that shows life in a Champagne village before World War I and before mechanisation entered local agriculture/viticulture.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Reuil mostly consist of mild south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety, but also with a rather high proportion of Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Reuil commune is 192.6 hectares (475.9 acres). There are 108.3 ha Pinot Meunier (56.3%), 59.3 ha Pinot Noir (30.8%), and 24.9 ha Chardonnay (12.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 175 ha. There are 87 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Bridge across the Marne river in Reuil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MOSSOT, 2008).

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.

  • Philizot & Fils (NM), a Champagne house founded in 2002 by Stéphane and Virginie Philizot. In 2007, the Champagne producers (or brands) Marcel Paul and Comte de Vic were bought. The composition of the Champagnes is typical 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Focuses on export and have e.g. provided Aldi with Champagnes that have received quite decent reviews. Some of these Philizot bottles, at least in 2013-2014, have been sold under the name Veuve Monsigny, which is a marque d’acheteur (MA) that probably belongs to Aldi. The Philizot origin is indicated more clearly on the bottles than what is usually the case with MA Champagnes. (Formerly, Veuve Monsigny bottles have been provided by several different producers, including Charles Mignon in Épernay, E. Michel in Vertus, Gueusquin’s company Les Roches Blanches in Dizy, and the cooperative CRVC in Reims, which produces the Jacquart brand.)

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.

  • Alliot-Vincent
  • Billard Père & Fils (RC), also called Domaine Bacchus and Dom Bacchus, member of Indépendants (which is a bit odd since those are almost always RM). The company name is Arnaud Billard. Domaine Bacchus also runs a museum, described under the description of the village above.
  • Billard-Leveau
  • Jean-Luc Bondon (RM)
  • Ernest Braux (RM)
  • Gérard Clément
  • J. Clément (RM), has 9.5 ha of vineyards in Reuil, Œuilly, Binson-Orquigny, and Grauves with 55% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay.
  • Michel Collard (RM), not to be confused with Michel Collard in Vertus.
  • Collard-Leveau (RM)
  • Collard-Truchon (RM)
  • Dourdon-Vieillard, has 9.5 ha of vineyards in Reuil and Troissy with 60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay.
  • Hucbourg-Bertrand (RC), has 2.3 ha of vineyards, mainly in Reuil but also in Avenay-Val d’Or and Mutigny.
  • Jaeger-Claisse (RM)
  • Vincent Leveau
  • Leveau-Triolet (RC)
  • Lévèque-Boulard
  • Nanet-Descôtes (RC), has created by a generational shift at Nanet-Garitan in Reuil and Descôtes Loyaux in Soilly (in the Dormans commune).
  • Jean-Jacques Pessenet & Fils (RM), has 7 ha of vineyards in Reuil, Œuilly, Épernay, and Damery.
  • Pessenet-Legendre (RM), has 4 ha of vineyards in Reuil and Hautvillers with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
  • Philizot-Leclerc (RC), has 5.5 ha of vineyards.
  • Poudras-Boulard (RC)
  • Vely-Rasselet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Christian Vollereaux et Fils (RM), also written Vollereaux et Fils, without Christian. Has 5 ha of vineyards. Not to be confused with Vollereaux in Pierry.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Former producers

  • René Collard (RM) could earlier be found in Reuil. René Collard (1921-2009) started in 1943 with barely one hectare provided by his father, and bought vineyards in the 40s, 50s and 60s until his property reached 7 ha in Reuil and Damery with about 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. He retired in 1995. Typical for him was that he cellared his Champagnes unusually long, in a deep and cool cellar, so unusually old vintages (composed almost entirely of Pinot Meunier) fore sale in decent quantities. The youngest Champagnes he sold are supposed to have been oaked and were sold at about 6 years of age. The son Daniel Collard runs Collard-Chardelle in Villers-sous-Châtillon and the grandson Olivier Collard runs Collard-Picard in Épernay, but neither of them seem to have continued the tradition of selling unusually old Champagner.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole L’Avenir de Reuil is a cooperative in Reuil. No information about number of members or vineyard surface.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-05-03

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