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

Diagram Binson-et-Orquigny 201504Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 157.7 hectares (389.7 acres), of which 72% Pinot Meunier, 19% Pinot Noir, and 9% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)

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, 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 173 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Orquignats and Orquignates.

Vineyards

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 157.7 hectares (389.7 acres). There are 113.7 ha Pinot Meunier (72.1%), 29.8 ha Pinot Noir (18.9%), and 14.2 ha Chardonnay (9.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 149 ha. There are 162 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Binson-et-Orquigny include:

  • Les Clos des Niards, a southeast-facing site in the northeastern part of the commune. The site is only partially planted to vines.
  • Les Louves, a south-facing site in the southeastern part of the commune, located on the border to Reuil. Collard-Picard in Villers-sous-Châtillon produces a vineyard-designated still red wine using Pinot Meunier from this site.

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, Facebook page), 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, Facebook page), which has a majority of Pinot Meunier in their vineyards. A cuvée called Cuvée Préstige Svenerick is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The top cuvée is Cuvée Préstige Ephémère and is composed of 50% Pinot Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Gilmaire-Etienne (RM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Meunier and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage).
  • Godinat & Fils (RM)
  • Landat & Fils (RC)
  • Xavier Loriot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 10.5 ha of vineyards in Binson-et-Orquigny, Villers-sous-Châtillon, and Reuil. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage). There are also two cuvées named 100S, one without dosage and one with no sulfur added, where the latter is a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2013 vintage).
  • Moussé-Galoteau & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with vineyards in seven villages in the Vallée de la Marne with 70% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is composed of 67% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2007 and 2008 vintages).
  • J. M. Rigot (RM, Facebook page), 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 be incomplete.

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© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-08-19

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