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%)

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: 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.

In La Neuville-aux-Larris, there is a British military cemetery with soldiers fallen in World War I.

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 2014) 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 (95.7%), 0.1 ha Pinot Noir (1.4%), and 0.2 ha Chardonnay (2.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 7 ha. There are 43 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.

  • Dominique Boulard & Filles (NM, Facebook page), has vineyards in Cuchery, Belval-sous-Châtillon, and Mailly-Champagne. Has a background in the split of Raymond Boulard, see below. The range includes the vintage Champagne Singularis which is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.

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)
  • Charbonnier-Audebert (RM, Facebook page), has vineyards in Cuisles, Belval-sous-Chatillon, Cuchery, and Baslieux-sous-Chatillon and an annual production of 3500 flaskor.
  • Claisse et Fils (Facebook page)
  • Jacques Devillers & Fils (RM, Facebook page), whose Cuvée Elégance is an oak barrel-vinified Champagne.
  • Christian Girard & Fils (RM)
  • Lionel Girard & Fils (RC)
  • Gougelet-Ruche
  • Lasseaux & Fils (Facebook page), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes, Millésime composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage) and a Blanc de Blancs.
  • Patis-Paille (RM), whose vintage Champagne is composed of 2/3 Pinot Meunier and 1/3 Chardonnay (refers to the 2011 vintage). The top cuvée Origo is oak barrel-vinified and composed of three varieties.
  • Roussery-Claisse (RC), whose range includes two vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • 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. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • Gérard Savoye (Facebook page)
  • Janick Savoye

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

Former producers

  • Raymond Boulard (NM) was a well regarded producer that in 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 area). 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.

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

The British military cemetery in La Neuville-aux-Larris. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Wernervc, 2015).

Links

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

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