Champagne village profile: Binson-et-Orquigny on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Binson-et-Orquigny 201504Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 156.9 hectares (387.7 acres), of which 72% Pinot Meunier, 19% Pinot Noir, and 9% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)


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.

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.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of the Marne
Southeast: Reuil
Eastnortheast: Villers-sous-Châtillon
West and north: Châtillon-sur-Marne

On the left bank of the Marne
South: Œuilly (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)

The village

Binson-et-Orquigny is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. Although the commune stretches all the way to the river, the actual village is located about 1 km away in the direction of the vineyards, along the stream Ru de Camp.

On a stretch of about 9 km along the right bank of the Marne river, from Verneuil in the west to Binson-et-Orquigny in the east, flat farmland is found next to the river, but no vineyards and no villages are located directly at the river, unlike the situation upstream of Binson-et-Orquigny and downstream of Verneuil.

The Binson-et-Orquigny commune covers 339 hectares and has 177 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Orquignats and Orquignates.


The vineyards in Binson-et-Orquigny are located a little further away from the Marne river than those in Reuil, the neigbouring village to the southeast, and are found in a short side valley formed by the stream Ru de Camp. The vineyards further up in this side valley are located in Villers-sous-Châtillon. These vineyards to a large extent consist of mild south-facing slopes, but also southwest-facing slopes in the western part of the commune, with Pinot Meunier as the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Binson-et-Orquigny commune is 156.9 hectares (387.7 acres). There are 113.4 ha Pinot Meunier (72.3%), 29.7 ha Pinot Noir (18.9%), and 13.8 ha Chardonnay (8.8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 149 ha. There are 29 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • D. Quatrevaux (NM)

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.

  • Boutillier-Poissinet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Coutelas-Manfait
  • Dissaux-Brochot (RM), has vineyards in four villages in the Vallée de la Marne (Binson-Orquigny, Reuil, and Châtillon-sur-Marne) and two in Coteaux Sud d’Épernay (Saint-Martin-d’Ablois and Vinay).
  • Dissaux Verdoolaeghe (RM), which has a majority of Pinot Meunier in their vineyards. Their top cuvée is called Cuvée Préstige Svenerick and is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay.
  • Gilmaire-Etienne (RM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay.
  • Godinat & Fils (RM)
  • Landat & Fils (RC
  • Xavier Loriot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with about 10 ha vineyards.
  • Moussé-Galoteau & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with vineyards in seven villages in the Vallée de la Marne. The vintage Champagne is composed of 67% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • J. M. Rigot (RM), also Jean Marie Rigot. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir.
  • Soulliez-Chatelain (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.


© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-04-03

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