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 81% Pinot Meunier, 13% Pinot Noir, and 7% 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 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 434 inhabitants (as of 2012), 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 114.9 ha Pinot Meunier (80.8%), 17.7 ha Pinot Noir (12.5%), and 9.6 ha Chardonnay (6.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 140 ha. There are 102 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.

  • 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) or G. Beurton-Vincent, has 8 ha of vineyards in Cuchery and Baslieux-sous-Châtillon.
  • Denis Bonningre (RC)
  • Damien Brugneau
  • Denis Brugneau
  • Gilbert Charbonnier (RM), has at least earlier sold specially labelled bottles namned for songs performed by Johnny Hallyday, “the French Elvis”.
  • Chaumuzart-Gé (RC)
  • 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.
  • Mancier (RM), alternatively Claude Mancier or Florence Mancier, with the latter currently running the producer.
  • Arnaud Marlé (RM, alternative website), has 2.14 ha of vineyards in Cuchery and Venteuil.
  • Moreau-Billard (RM)
  • Poissinet (RM) or Poissinet & Fils, earlier called Poissinet-Ascas (and still found on some bottles), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The first bottles under the label Poissinet-Ascas were produced in 1974.
  • Claude Quénot (RM)
  • Ch. Remy (RM), where Ch should be read Christian. Has since 1982 changed status from RC to RM.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Cooperatives

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

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-06-15

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