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

Diagram Châtillon-sur-Marne 201707Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 239.1 hectares (590.8 acres), of which 76% Pinot Meunier, 17% Pinot Noir, and 7% Chardonnay.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (86%)

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

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

Châtillon-sur-Marne with Urban II statue and surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Carine Charlier, 2017).

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, erected in 1887, can be found on a small hill next to the village.

The Châtillon-sur-Marne commune covers 1169 hectares and has 710 inhabitants (as of 2014), 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.

Street view in Châtillon-sur-Marne. 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 239.1 hectares (590.8 acres). There are 180.9 ha Pinot Meunier (75.7%), 40.9 ha Pinot Noir (17.1%), and 17.3 ha Chardonnay (7.2%). 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 292 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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

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. The closest houses are located in Châtillon-sur-Marne itself, and those beyond to the left are located in Montigny. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Serge Ottaviani, 2014).

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Châtillon-sur-Marne include the following, among others:

  • Le Bois du Binson, a northwest-facing to the northeast of the village, situated on the border to Baslieux-sous-Châtillon and just below the edge of the forest. Éric Taillet in Baslieux-sous-Châtillon uses Pinot Meunier from this site for a vineyard-designated Champagne.
  • Le Bois Sercelin, a mildly eastsoutheast-facing site to the northnortheast of the village, in the lower part of the slope. Charlot Père & Fils uses Pinot Noir from this site for a varietal Champagne.
  • La Fontinette, a mildly southeast-facing site immediately to the southwest of the village, in the lower part of the slope close to the D1 road. A. Levasseur in Cuchery uses Pinot Noir from this site in their Noir de Terroir.
  • Les Leriens, a southeast- and southwest-facing site immediately to the northwest of the village, in the lower part of the slope. Cazé-Thibaut produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this site.
  • Sous le Bois, a south-facing site to the northnorthwest of the village, in the upper part of the slope. Charlot Père & Fils uses Chardonnay from this site for a varietal Champagne.

A vineyard with Pinot Noir in Châtillon-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo INRA, Jean Weber, 2005).

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, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range include a vintage Champagne composed of 35% Pinot Meunier, 33% Pinot Noir, and 32% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage).
  • Cazé-Thibaut (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 70% Pinot Meunier and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage). Is in the process of launching a series of oak barrel-vinified Champagnes, of which three are vineyard-designated: Jossias (Pinot Noir from Vandières), Les Fourches (Chardonnay from Vandières), and Les Leriens (50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier from Châtillon-sur-Marne).
  • Charlier & Fils (RM, Facebook page), a Special Club producer with 15 ha of vineyards with 69% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 11% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 120 000 bottles, and large oak barrels are used for all of the range. The regular vintage Champagne is called Bacchus and is made up of one-third each of the three common grape varieties. The composition of their Special Club varies somewhat with the vintage, but is usually Chardonnay-dominated (2002: 45% Ch, 25% PM, 30% PN, 2004: 80% Ch, 10% PM, 10% PN, 2005: 70% Ch, 15% PM, 15% PN). The producer used to be known as Charlier-Perrin.
  • Charlot Père & Fils (RM), has 4.5 ha of vineyards. Produces small amounts of varietal Champagnes from a single vineyard, including a Chardonnay from the site Sous le Bois and a Pinot Noir from Les Bois Sercelins, as well as an oak barrel-vinified Pinot Meunier.
  • Conart Rioblanc Despesel (RM), earlier Conart-Rioblanc and Conart-Despel.
  • Decoty
  • Fournaise-Thibaut (RM), vars sortiment inkluderar en årgångschampagne.
  • Paul Hazard (RM, Facebook page), has 7.1 ha of vineyards, of which 90% in Châtillon-sur-Marne and the rest in Belval-sous-Châtillon, La Chapelle-Monthodon, Courtiezy, and Vandières. The range includes Cuvée d’Urbain 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.
  • Yves Meunier & Fils (RM, Facebook page)
  • Marius Mouchard (RC), the company name is Bernard Mouchard.
  • Guiborat Nathalie (RC)
  • André Perrin (RC)
  • Roland Philippe Père & Fils (Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of the three common grape varieties.
  • Pierlot Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier.
  • Henri Plekhoff (RM)
  • Maxime Plekhoff (RC)
  • Henri Rigaut
  • Smej-Vély (RC, Facebook page)
  • Alain Stépanoff (RC)

Comment: the list may 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 de vinification La Grappe is a cooperative in Châtillon-sur-Marne.

Châtillon-sur-Marne shown in an etching from 1656, then spelled “Chastillon”. Published in Topographia Galliae by Martin Zeiller. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-07-31

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