Champagne village profile: La Neuville-aux-Larris on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram La Neuville-aux-Larris 201504Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 6.9 hectares (17.1 acres), of which 96% Pinot Meunier, 2% Pinot Noir, and 2% 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: Champlat-et-Boujacourt
Northeast: Chaumuzy
Southeast: Belval-sous-Châtillon
South: Cuchery
Southwest: Baslieux-sous-Châtillon
West: Jonquery

The southern entrance to the village. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

La Neuville-aux-Larris is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. The village is located far up in a curved side valley formed by the stream Ru de Belval.

The La Neuville-aux-Larris commune covers 164 hectares and has a oblong shape in the east-west direction. The commune has 160 inhabitants (as of 2012) referred to as neuvillats and neuvillates.

The town hall (mairie) of La Neuville-aux-Larris. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in La Neuville-aux-Larris are located to the south of the village, and are situated in a block in a slope where the main part is in the Cuchery commune. A small part of the upper slope that is located in La Neuville-aux-Larris, and these vineyards consist of south- to southwest-facing dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the La Neuville-aux-Larris commune is 6.9 hectares (17.1 acres). There are 6.6 ha Pinot Meunier (96.2%), 0.1 ha Pinot Noir (2%), and 0.1 ha Chardonnay (1.8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 7 ha. There are 49 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.

  • René Anceau (RM)
  • Hélène Bertaux-Boulard which has a background in the split of Raymond Boulard, see below. (Unclear if their own bottles are sold by the producer, or if the grapes are sold on.)
  • Billy-Briffoteau (RC)
  • Dominique Boulard & Filles, has vineyards in Cuchery, Paradis (?), and Belval-sous-Châtillon. Has a background in the split of Raymond Boulard, see below.
  • Cabouat-Regnier
  • Claisse et Fils
  • Jacques Devillers & Fils (RM)
  • Christian Girard & Fils (RM)
  • Lionel Girard & Fils (RC)
  • Gougelet-Ruche
  • Lasseaux & Fils
  • Patis-Paille (RM)
  • Roussery-Claisse (RC)
  • Ruelle-Mimin (RC)
  • Christophe Savoye (RM, there are also bottles saying RC that likely are older), has 5.5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 30 000 bottles.
  • Gérard Savoye
  • Janick Savoye

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

Former producers

  • Raymond Boulard (NM) was a well regarded producer that 2010 was split into three following a change of generation: Hélène Bertaux-Boulard and Dominique Boulard & Filles, both in La Neuville-aux-Larris and mentioned above, and Francis Boulard & Fille in Cauroy-lès-Hermonville (in the Massif de Saint-Thierry are). Raymond Boulard had 10.25 ha of vineyards in 8 villages, of which 4.45 ha in the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite (75% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay), 1 ha in the Aisne department, further to the west in the Vallée de la Marne (75% PM and 25% PN), 1.65 ha in the grand cru village Mailly-Champagne in the Grande Montagne de Reims (85% PN and 15% Ch), and 3 ha in the Vallée de la Vesle and Massif de Saint-Thierry (60% Ch, 20% PN, and 20% PM). From 2004 some of the vineyards had organic certification, and of the three new producers it is Francis Boulard who have continued in that style.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole l’Entraide is a cooperative La Neuville-aux-Larris. No information about number of members and so on.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-06-14

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