Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 78.2 hectares (193.2 acres), of which 73% Pinot Meunier, 17% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (84%)
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.
Baslieux-sous-Châtillon 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 Baslieux-sous-Châtillon commune covers 588 hectares and has 184 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Baslieutains and Baslieutaines.
The vineyards in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon are primarily located in the northern part of the commune and consist of mild south- to southeast-facing slopes. A smaller part is located in the southern part of the commune and consists of mild north- to northwest-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.
The current vineyard surface in the Baslieux-sous-Châtillon commune is 78.2 hectares (193.2 acres). There are 57.0 ha Pinot Meunier (72.9%), 13.6 ha Pinot Noir (17.4%), and 7.6 ha Chardonnay (9.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 78 ha. There are 74 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon include the following, among others:
- Les Clos Paillot, a southsoutheast-facing site in the northern part of the commune, located in the upper part of the slope next to the edge of the forest.
- Le Grand Maraias, a site in the northeastern part of the commune, located in the lower part of the slope, on the border to Cuchery. To the southwest, his site borders to Sur le Grand Maraias.
- Sur le Grand Marais, a mildly southeast-facing to the northnortheast of the village, located in the lower part of the slope. To the northeast, this site borders to Le Grand Maraias. Éric Taillet produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this site, using 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay in coplantation.
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.
- Éric Taillet (NM, Facebook page), member of Meunier Institut with 5.7 ha of vineyards in six villages around Basileux-sous-Châtillon, of which 80% are made up of Pinot Meunier. Bansionensi is a 100% Pinot Meunier from vineyards in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon, named for Baslieux’s Latin name Bainsonois. Sur le Grand Marais is a vineyard-designated Champagne composed of 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay in coplantation. Le Bois du Binson is a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Meunier from a site in Châtillon-sur-Marne. Décennie is a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier, where the Meunier component is oak barrel vinified. The name is derived from those ten (Latin: decem) years the Champagne is stored before it is released.
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.
- Annie Bertrand (RM)
- Chauvet-Devaquier (RC)
- Joël Chevillet (RM)
- Devaquier-Deguay (RC)
- Liébart-Régnier (RM?, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 10 ha of vineyards in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon and Vauciennes. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Confidencia composed of 80% Chardonnay (oak barrel-vinified) and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage) and Excélia composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage). The producer also has the unusual grape varieties Arbanne, Petit Meslier, and Pinot Blanc in their vineyards, but so far they do not seem to have been used in any of their Champagnes.
- Mathieu-Gandon (RM), who uses oak barrel vinification for a part of their range.
- Mathieu-Gosztyla (RM), has 5 ha of vineyards in four villages with 40% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
- Franck Pascal (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation with Terres et Vins de Champagne. A biodynamic producer with just over 7 ha of vineyards in at least five villages, with about 70% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay och 10% Pinot Noir. The annual production is about 55 000 bottles. The upper parts of the range includes the vintage Champagnes Harmonie, a blanc de noirs with 50% Pinot Meunier and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage), Quinte-Essence that also includes Chardonnay, and Sérénité which doesn’t have any sulfur added. Pacifiance is a solera Champagne with the same base wine as Quinte-Essence and 2006 as the first vintage in the solera. The vintage Champagne Libérance, which is produced in a similar way as Sérénité but in a larger quantity, is launched in 2019 in the 2015 vintage, and was sold en primeur 2016 to help fund Franck Pascal’s expansion. En primeur sales are very rare in Champagne.
The previous generation left the cooperative and started to produce their own Champagnes in 1983. Franck Pascal took over from his father in 1994, and then had 3.5 ha. He started practicing organic cultivation in 1997-1998, and biodynamic cultivation in 2002. Received attention in 2005 by e.g. Gault Millau as one of the best “up and coming” of the new generation of small growers. From 2014 to 2015, the vineyard area increased from 4 ha (then in five villages) to 7 ha. In 2016, about 55 000 bottles were produced, up from about 30 000 bottles a few years earlier.
Below a video where Franck Pascal presents his Quinte-Essence 2004:
- Pascal-Delette (RM), also written Pascal-Delette & fils, has 7 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- C. Pascal-Poudras (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne. C is for Claude.
- Guy Remi (RC, Facebook page)
- Rigot et Fils (Facebook page), has 3 ha of vineyards. One of the cuvées is named Hervé Rigot.
- Rouillère Fils (RM, Facebook page), has 4.4 ha of vineyards in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon, Jonquery, Venteuil, and Courthiézy.
- Roland Vizeneux & Fils (RC), has 6 ha of vineyards.
Comment: the list may be incomplete.
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 Baslieux-sous-Châtillon is a cooperative in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon.
- Wikipedia about the village in English, in French.
- Website of the Baslieux-sous-Châtillon commune.
- UMC’s village profile of Baslieux-sous-Châtillon.
- Vineyard map of Baslieux-sours-Châtillon at weinlagen-info.de.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-07-28