Champagne village profile: Cuchery on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Cuchery 201505Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 142.2 hectares (351.4 acres), of which 80% Pinot Meunier, 13% Pinot Noir, and 7% 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 northeast: La Neuville-aux-Larris
East and southeast: Belval-sous-Châtillon
Southsouthwest: Villers-sous-Châtillon
West: Baslieux-sous-Châtillon

The town hall (mairie) of Cuchery with a small part of the church visible in the background. Picture linked form Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

The village

Cuchery is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. The village is located in a curved side valley formed by the stream Ru de Belval. The village Orcourt is also part of the Cuchery commune.

The Cuchery commune covers 703 hectares and has 415 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Cucheriats and Cucheriates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Cuchery are located both north and south/southeast of the village, and are dominated by Pinot Meunier. Those to the north are part of a block located in a south- to southwest-facing slope where the upper vineyards are located in La Neuville-aux-Larris and the eastern part is located in Belval-sous-Châtillon. Those to the south/southeast consist of mild south-facing slopes.

The current vineyard surface in the Cuchery commune is 142.2 hectares (351.4 acres). There are 114.1 ha Pinot Meunier (80.2%), 17.8 ha Pinot Noir (12.5%), and 10.3 ha Chardonnay (7.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 140 ha. There are 234 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon includes the following, among others:

  • Les Chemins de Champlat, a south- to southeast-facing site to the northnortheast of the village, located mid-slope. Borders to L’Olivière in the west. A. Levasseur uses Chardonnay from this site for their Blanc de Terroir.
  • L’Olivière, a south-facing site to the north of the village, located mid-slope. Borders to Les Chemins de Champlat in the east. A. Levasseur uses Chardonnay from this site for their Blanc de Terroir and Pinot Noir from this site for their Noir de Terroir.
  • Les Gautelleries, a south-facing site to the northnorthwest of the village, located in the upper part of the slope. A. Levasseur produces their Rue du Sorbier using grapes (three varieties) 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.

  • Michel Dervin (NM), a Champagne house founded in 1983. Second-hand information from approximately 2012 talks of 7.8 ha vineyards and an annual production of 60 000 bottles. The wines don’t go through malolactic fermentation.

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.

  • Beurton-Vincent (RC, Facebook page) or G. Beurton-Vincent, has 10 ha of vineyards in Cuchery and Baslieux-sous-Châtillon. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular Millésime composed of a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, and Prestige composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage).
  • Denis Bonningre (RC)
  • Damien Brugneau (RC)
  • Denis Brugneau
  • Didier Brugneau (RC)
  • Gilbert Charbonnier (RM), has at least earlier sold specially labelled bottles namned for songs performed by Johnny Hallyday, “the French Elvis”.
  • Chaumuzart-Gé (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Claude Férat (RC)
  • A. Levasseur (RM) or Albert Levasseur, a producer that since 2003 are run by David Levasseur. Has 4.2 ha of vineyards in Cuchery, Châtillon-sur-Marne, and Fleury-la-Rivière.
  • A. Levasseur (RM, Facebook page) or Albert Levasseur, a producer that since 2003 is run by David Levasseur. Has 4.2 ha of vineyards in Cuchery, Châtillon-sur-Marne, and Fleury-la-Rivière. The non-vintage Rue du Sorbier is produced using grapes from the site Les Gautelleries and is composed of 80% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. Trait de Saison is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meuniuer (refers to the 2010 vintage). Produces two varietal Champagnes with old-fashioned string closure (although there also seems to be bottles with muselet/wire cage): Blanc de Terroir which is a Chardonnay sourced from the sites L’Olivière and Les Chemins de Champlat in Cuchery. Noir de Terroir som är en Pinot Noir från lägena La Fontinette i Châtillon-sur-Marne och L’Olivière.
  • Mancier (RM, Facebook page), alternatively Claude MancierFlorence Mancier (who is currently running the producer), or S & F Mancier. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Arnaud Marlé (RM), has 2.14 ha of vineyards in Cuchery and Venteuil. The non-vintage Cuvée Évasion is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, and is vinified in oak barrels.
  • Moreau-Billard (RM)
  • Régis Poissinet (RM, Facebook page) formerly Poissinet & Fils and before that Poissinet-Ascas, member of Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha of vineyards in Cuchery, Baslieux-sous-Châtillon, Leuvrigny, Troissy, and Mareuil-le-Port. The first bottles under the label Poissinet-Ascas were produced in 1974. After changes started in 2011 the producer is currently (2017) under conversion to biodynamic cultivation. Since earlier, the range includes a vintage Champagne. Cuvée Irizé is a 100% Pinot Meunier vintage Champagne (half of it vinified in oak barrels) which was launched in 2017 in the 2013 vintage. It is the first new Champagne introduced after the producer started its change in the biodynamical direction.
  • Claude Quénot (RM, Facebok page)
  • Ch. Remy (RM, Facebook page), where Ch should be read Christian. Has since 1982 changed status from RC to RM.

Comment: the list be incomplete.

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 Cuchery is a cooperative in Cuchery. No information about number of members and so on.

Links

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

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