Champagne village profile: Belval-sous-Châtillon on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Belval-sous-Châtillon 201504Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 78.4 hectares (193.7 acres), of which 89% Pinot Meunier, 7% Pinot Noir, and 4% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

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

North and east: Chaumuzy
Southeast: Fleury-la-Rivière
South: Venteuil
Southwest: Villers-sous-Châtillon
West: Cuchery
Northwest: La Neuville-aux-Larris

The town hall (mairie) of Belval-sous-Châtillon, with the church in the background to the left. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

Belval-sous-Châtillon is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. The village is located at the top of a curved side valley formed by the stream Ru de Belval.

Other than Belval-sous-Châtillon itself, the commune also includes the hamlets Paradis (in the northeastern part) and La Poterne (in the southeastern part).

The Belval-sous-Châtillon commune covers 715 hectares and has 185 inhabitants (as of 2012) referred to as belvatiers and belvatières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Belval-sous-Châtillon are located in two blocks: one in the northern part of the commune as part of a block that also stretches into La Neuville-aux-Larris and Cuchery, and another to the east of the central village. The block in the north are located at the hamlet Paradis. The vineyards consist of mild slopes of varying directions, including south-facing slopes in the northern part of the commune, with Pinot Meunier as the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Belval-sous-Châtillon commune is 78.4 hectares (193.7 acres). There are 69.8 ha Pinot Meunier (89%), 5.5 ha Pinot Noir (7%), and 3.1 ha Chardonnay (4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 78 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Robert Faivre
  • Follet-Ramillon (RM). Has a background in the former producers Charles Follet in Villedomange and Arène Ramillon in Belval-sous-Châtillon.
  • Daniel Leslavergne (RC)
  • Pascal Nolin (RC)

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-10-18

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