Champagne village profile: Châtillon-sur-Marne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Châtillon-sur-Marne 201504Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 239 hectares (590.6 acres), of which 76% Pinot Meunier, 17% Pinot Noir, and 7% 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

On the right bank of the Marne
Southeast and east: Binson-et-Orquigny
East: Villers-sous-Châtillon
Northeast: Baslieux-sous-Châtillon
North: Cuisles
West: Vandières

On the left bank of the Marne
Southeast: Œuilly
South and southwest: Mareuil-le-Port

Street view in Châtillon-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Serge Ottaviani, 2014).

The village

Châtillon-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river. The village is located just west of the stream Ru de Belval. On the eastern side of the stream, the small village Montigny is located. Its name is sometimes written as Montigny-sous-Châtillon, and it is also part of the Châtillon-sur-Marne commune.

The statue of Urban II. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Nelson Minar, 2005, originally uploaded to Flickr).

Although the commune stretches all the way to the river, the actual village is located about 1.5 km away in the direction of the vineyards. On a stretch of about 9 km along the right bank of the Marne river, from Verneuil in the west to Binson-et-Orquigny in the east, flat farmland is found next to the river, but no vineyards and no villages are located directly at the river, unlike the situation upstream of Binson-et-Orquigny and downstream of Verneuil.

Pope Urban II, who lived circa 1035-1099 and was pope 1088-1099, was born in Châtillon-sur-Marne. A large statue of him can be found on a small hill next to the village.

The Châtillon-sur-Marne commune covers 1169 hectares and has 702 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as châtillonnais and châtillonnaises.

Cuisles, the neighbouring village, was part of Châtillon-sur-Marne 1973-2006, but is again a commune of its own since 1 March 2006.

View from the Urban II monument in the direction of Montigny, with west-facing vineyards located in the eastern part of Châtillon-sur-Marne in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Serge Ottaviani, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Châtillon-sur-Marne are partly located around the village, and partly on both sides of the side valley formed by the stream Ru de Belval, i.e., on slopes both on the western side (closer to Vandières) and the eastern side (closer to Binson-et-Orquigny) of the valley. The vineyards consist of mild slopes of varying directions that include most of them except straight north. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Châtillon-sur-Marne is 239 hectares (590.6 acres). There are 181.8 ha Pinot Meunier (76.1%), 40.5 ha Pinot Noir (16.9%), and 16.7 ha Chardonnay (7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 257 ha, but at this time Cusiles was part of the Châtillon-sur-Marne commune. (Today, the two communes have a total of 272 hectares, i.e., the vineyard area has increased from 1997 to 2013.). There are 104 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Houses that control vineyards in Châtillon-sur-Marne include Pol Roger.

Champagne producers

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.

  • Arthoine (RC)
  • Bernadette Beautrait (RM)
  • Bouquet (RM?), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Cazé-Thibaut
  • Charlier & Fils (RM?), a Special Club producer with 15 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 120 000 bottles, and large oak barrels are used for all of the range. The composition of their Special Club seems to vary with the vintage and for the 2004 (the most recent vintage as of 2015) it is 80% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier. The producer also used to be known as Charlier-Perrin.
  • Charlot Père & Fils (RM)
  • Conart Rioblanc Despesel (RM), earlier Conart-Rioblanc and Conart-Despel.
  • Decoty
  • Fournaise-Thibaut
  • Paul Hazard (RM), the range includes a Cuvée du Pape with a picture of the Urban II monument on the label.
  • Lacroix (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 13 ha of vineyards in seven communes: Châtillon-sur-Marne, Binson-et-Orquigny, Reuil, Venteuil, and Cerseuil in the Vallée de la Marne, Serzy-et-Prin in the Vallée de l’Ardre, and Mont-Saint-Père in Aisne, with 70% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
  • Guiborat Nathalie (RC)
  • Marius Mouchard (RC), the company name is Bernard Mouchard.
  • André Perrin (RC)
  • Roland Philippe Père & Fils
  • Pierlot Fils (RM?), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha of vineyards.
  • Maxime Plekhoff (RC)
  • Henri Rigaut
  • Smej-Vély (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative de vinification La Grappe is a cooperative in Châtillon-sur-Marne.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-06-08

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