Located in subregion/area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 192.2 hectares (474.9 acres), of which 56% Pinot Meunier, 31% Pinot Noir, and 14% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)
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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 293 inhabitants (as of 2014), 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 made its mark on local agriculture/viticulture.
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 192.2 hectares (474.9 acres). There are 106.7 ha Pinot Meunier (55.5%), 58.9 ha Pinot Noir (30.6%), 26.5 ha Chardonnay (13.8%), and 0.1 ha others (<0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 175 ha. There are 230 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
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, Comte de Lantage, and Comte de Vic were bought. The composition of their Champagnes is typical 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Vintage Champagnes sold have included a blanc de blancs under the Comte de Lantage brand. The houses focuses on export, aims to sell 2.3 million bottles in 2017, 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.)
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 (RC), whose range includes the vintage Champagne Sélection Vieilles Vignes composed of 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage).
- Billard Père & Fils (RC), also called Domaine Bacchus and Dom Bacchus, has 7.5 ha of vineyards and is a member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes the following vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Prestige composed of 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage), Cuvée Prana Vieilles Vignes which is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2007 vintage), and Cuvée Lusus which is a blanc de blancs. Cuvée Antique is composed of 60% Pinot Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay (refers to the 2004 vintage) and has old-fashioned string closure. Cuvée Bassarica is a sweet (doux) blanc de Meunier (100% Pinot Meunier from old vines) with a dosage of 40 g/l. The producer used to be RC. The company name is Arnaud Billard. Domaine Bacchus also runs a museum, described under the description of the village above.
- Jean-Luc Bondon (RM), has 5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Ernest Braux (RM, Facebook page)
- 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. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Spéciale composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2009 vintage), Vieille Vigne composed of 70% Pinot Meunier and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), and a Blanc de Blancs.
- Michel Collard (RM), not to be confused with Michel Collard in Vertus.
- Collard-Leveau (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Améthéo and Cuvée des Profondeurs, where the latter is sold at a higher age.
- 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. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Prestige composed of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage), Vieille Vigne composed of 75% Pinot Meunier and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2004 vintage), and a Blanc de Blancs.
- Hucbourg-Bertrand (RC), has 2.3 ha of vineyards, mainly in Reuil but also in Avenay-Val d’Or and Mutigny. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Elégance and is composed of 70% Chardonnay.
- Jaeger-Claisse (RM)
- Vincent Leveau
- Leveau-Triolet (RC)
- J. Marquette (RM)
- Nanet-Descôtes (RC, Facebook page), was 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. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Mélodie composed of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir, Cuvée Vielles Vignes composed of 50% Pinot Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir from old vines, and a Blanc de Blancs.
- Pessenet-Legendre (RM, Facebook page), has 4 ha of vineyards in Reuil and Hautvillers with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Prestige composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage) and Cuvée Vielles Vignes composed of 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage) from old vines.
- Philizot-Leclerc (RC, Facebook page), has 5.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Millésime 3 Cépages composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier, and Cuvée Vielle Vigne.
- Poudras-Boulard (RC, Facebook page)
- Rigaut-Poudras (RC)
- Royer-Palbrois (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. The range includes the vintage Champagne Carte d’Or and a Reuil Rouge, a still red wine (Coteaux Champenois) composed of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Pinot Noir. Not to be confused with Vollereaux in Pierry.
Comment: the list may not be complete.
- 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.
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.
- Coopérative Vinicole L’Avenir de Reuil is a cooperative in Reuil. No information about number of members or vineyard surface.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Reuil commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s village profile of Reuil.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-08-26