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

Diagram Cuisles 201505Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 33.0 hectares (81.5 acres), of which 76% Pinot Meunier, 16% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (86%)

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

Northnortheast: Jonquery
Southeast and south: Baslieux-sous-Châtillon
Southwest: Châtillon-sur-Marne
Northnorthwest: Olizy
Comment: the neighbouring village Anthenay is not part of the Champagne appellation and doesn’t have a village profile.

The village

Cuisles is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. The village is located in a side valley along the stream Ru de Jonquery, which empties into Ru de Belval just south of Cuisles.

The Cuisles commune covers 277 hectares and has 142 inhabitants (as of 2012).

1973-2006 Cuisles was a part of Châtillon-sur-Marne commune, their larger neighbour, but since 1 March 2006 they are again a commune of their own. This change should have increased the number of Champagne villages (or more precisely put the number of communes that are part of the zone de production of Champagne, where the villages can be located) from 318 till 319.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Cuisles are located to the west of the village and consist of mild east- to southeast-facing slopes that are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Cuisles commune is 33.0 hectares (81.5 acres). There are 25.1 ha Pinot Meunier (76%), 5.2 ha Pinot Noir (16%), and 2.7 ha Chardonnay (8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. The combined vineyard area of Cuisles and Châtillon-sur-Marne has increased from 257 ha in 1997 to 272 ha in 2013. There are 34 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the Cuisles 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.

  • Sébastien Pascal (NM), also called Château de Cuisles for the château where the producer is located. This building was purchased in March 2000 by the wine growing family Pascal Delette. The family vineyards are spread over 14 villages.

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.

  • Emilien Fresne (RM)
  • Froment Assailly
  • Heucq Père & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 6 ha vineyards, mainly in Cuisles. Today (2015) led by André Heucq.
  • J. Lécurieux (RC)
  • Moussé Fils (RM), a Special Club producer with 5.6 ha of vineyards in Cuisles, Jonquery, Châtillon-sur-Marne, and Vandières with 85% Pinot Meunier (which is the focus of this producer), 12% Pinot Noir, and 3% Chardonnay. The annual production is about 50 000 bottles and they have produced their own Champagnes since 1923. With the exception of a blanc de blancs named Opale, the proportion of Pinot Meunier in the cuvées is 80%-100%, and their slogan is Profondément Meunier. They produced the first Special Club which is 100% Pinot Meunier. (Joseph Loriot-Pagel in Festigny also produces a 100% Pinot Meunier Special Club since the 2009 vintage, launched in 2014. José Michel is known for Pinot Meunier but their Special Club consists of 50% Pinot Meunier and 50% Chardonnay.) I believe 2005 to be the first vintage, the same year they became members of the club, and it has later been followed by 2006, 2008, and 2009. The 2011 vintage will be launched in July 2015. A Special Club Rosé de Saignée will be launched in the 2012 vintage. In the video below, Cédric Moussé gives a general presentation of the 2014 vintage:

  • Lucien Orban (RM)
  • Schreiner (RM), also Jean-Pierre Schreiner.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

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© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-10-22

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