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: 78.3 hectares (193.5 acres), of which 89% Pinot Meunier, 7% Pinot Noir, and 4% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

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

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 165 inhabitants (as of 2014) referred to as Belvatiers and Belvatières.

The church in Belval-sous-Châtillon. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

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 78.3 hectares (193.7 acres). There are 69.5 ha Pinot Meunier (88.8%), 5.5 ha Pinot Noir (7.0%), and 3.3 ha Chardonnay (4.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 78 ha. There are 137 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.

  • Cabouat-Régnier (RC), has 2 ha of vineyards, primarily in La Neuville-aux-Larris and Pourcy.
  • Robert Faivre (Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2007 vintage).
  • Follet-Ramillon (RM), also Follet (newer website), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 4.5 ha of vineyards in Belval-sous-Chatillon, Trélou-sur-Marne, and Villedommange with 74% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Noir. Has a background in the former producers Charles Follet in Villedomange and Arène Ramillon in Belval-sous-Châtillon. The traditional range is sold under the name Follet-Ramillon and includes two vintage Champagnes where the regular one is composed of 43% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay, and 17% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage) and Harmonie is an oak barrel-vinified cuvée of the same three varieties. Newly added Champagnes are sold under the name Follet, and are at least partially vinified in oak barrels. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Daniel Leslavergne (RC)
  • Pascal Nolin (RC), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: a blanc de blancs and Symphonie composed of 60% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Meunier.

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

Cooperative

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 de Belval-sous-Châtillon is a cooperative in Belval-sous-Châtillon.

The cooperative in Belval-sous-Châtillon. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2015).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-08-01

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