Champagne village profile: Mareuil-le-Port on the left bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Mareuil-le-Port 201505Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 395.9 hectares (978.3 acres), of which 77% Pinot Meunier, 14% Chardonnay, and 9% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

Maps

The village at the letters “MA” in Mareuil-le-Port is Cerseuil, straight above/north of “LE” Mareuil-le-Port is located, and northeast of “PORT”, at the river, Port-à-Binson is located. 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, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of the Marne
North: Châtillon-sur-Marne (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Northwest: Vandières (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)

On the left bank of the Marne
East: Œuilly
Southeast: Leuvrigny
South: Festigny
Southwest: Nesle-le-Repons
West: Troissy

The village

The church in Mareuil-le-Port, Église Saint-Rémi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2011).

Mareuil-le-Port is located along the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. Other than Mareuil-le-Port itself, there are two additional villages in the commune: Port-à-Binson which is located directly at the Marne and has the largest population of the three villages, and Cerseuil which is located to the southwest partly up a hill.

The Mareuil-le-Port covers 896 hectares and has 1187 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Mareuillats and Mareuillates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Mareuil-le-Port are spread out over the commune. They partly consist of mild north-facing slopes close to the river, behind Port-à-Binson, but also of vineyards on both sides of a side valley formed by the stream Le Flagot. Along the two hills of each side of this valley, one in the southwestern part of the commune and one in the neighbouring commune Leuvrigny, there are slopes of more or less all directions. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Mareuil-le-Port commune is 395.9 hectares (978.3 acres). There are 306.3 ha Pinot Meunier (77.4%), 53.4 ha Chardonnay (13.5%), and 36.2 ha Pinot Noir (9.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 344 ha. There are 136 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Port-à-Binson as seen from the other side of the Marne river (from Châtillon-sur-Marne), with vineyards in the background. The hill located in the southwestern part of the commune is visible in the upper right-hand corner of the picture. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Denys, 2007).

Single vineyard sites

  • Brisefer, a site just north of Cerseuil with a mild southwest-facing slope. Dehours et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard, from Chardonnay planted in 1966 and 1992. A quarter of their plot was ripped out after the the 2014 harvest.
  • Côte en Bosses, a site at the base of the hill, immediately south of the western part of Port-à-Binson. Dehours et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard, from 0,51 ha of co-planted old vines of Pinot Meunier (majority), Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
  • Les Genevraux, a mildly north-facing site. ett svagt nordsluttande läge. Dehours et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard, from Pinot Meunier planted in 1979.
  • Maisoncelle, a site immediately south of the central part of Port-à-Binson that is northeast-facing. It is planted mainly to Pinot Noir and a smaller proportion of Pinot Meunier. Dehours et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard, from old vine Pinot Noir.
  • Les Misy, a site immediately south of the eastern part of Port-à-Binson. Bérêche in Ludes produces a cuvée called Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche from old Pinot Meunier vines in this vineyard.
  • Les Rieux, a site where Dehours et Fils has Chardonnay that is sometimes used for a vineyard-designated white Coteaux Champenois, i.e., a still wine.

Other single vineyard sites in the commune include Champ-Brédoux, Champ Dame Jeanne, Les Châtaigners, Dessous le Bois des Châtaigniers, Les Grèves, La Piqùre, Les Ribaut.

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. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Closquinet & Fils (ND), produced by Denis Marx (see below). Not to be confused with Roger Closquinet in Vinay.
  • Dehours et Fils (NM), a producer with 14 ha vineyards in Mareuil-le-Port, Œuilly, and Troissy, with about 8 ha (59%) Pinot Meunier, 4 ha Chardonnay, and 2 ha Pinot Noir. The annual production under their own name is 80 000 bottles; some of the grapes are sold to major Champagne houses. (Apparently they don’t buy in any grapes despite the NM status.) Dehours are members of the small producer group Les Artisans du Champagne. Jérôme Dehours heads the company since the family bought ut back in 1996. Dehours produces several vineyard-designated Champagnes that are all oak barrel-vinified: Maisoncelle from Pinot Noir, La Croix Joly (a vineyard in Troissy) from Pinot Meunier, Côte en Bosses from old co-planted vines of Pinot Meunier (majority), Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay, Les Genevraux from Pinot Meunier, and Brisefer from Chardonnay. Other vintage Champagnes are Blanc de Meunier from Pinot Meunier, Blanc de Pinot Noir, Vieilles Vignes with a varying composition in different vintages (2009 vintage: 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay), and Rose Œil de Perdrix which is mainly composed of Pinot Meunier with a small proportion of oaked Chardonnay. The range also includes some vineyard-designated Coteaux Champenois: the red La Croix Joly (in Troissy) from Pinot Meunier and the white Les Rieux from Chardonnay. In some vintages, a Chardonnay from several vineyards in Mareuil-le-Port is produced instead. Dehours indicates bottling and disgorgement dates on all labels. The former name is Jerome Dehours and they have earlier also sold Champagnes under the brand:
    • Colom
  • Lecart-Bousselet (NM), with a vintage cuvée called Signature.

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.

  • Denis Baillet (RM), also written Denis Baillet & Fils.
  • Charles Brion
  • Tony Canot, has just over 5 ha of vineyards in 14 commune in the Vallée de la Marne. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  • Comte de Montaigne, a producer with its roots in the Aube that nowadays can be found in Mareuil-le-Port and is owned by the Revol family. The name was chosen in honour of the French renaissance writer Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592). Seems to have a bit of export focus on Italy. The range includes a vintage Champagne by the name Luxury Vintage Cuvee which is only sold to select customers.
  • Copin-Chevalier (RC)
  • E. F. Crochet & Filles (RM), mostly has Pinot Meunier. E. F. is short for Elise-Françoise, which was written out on older labels.
  • G. Debargue & Fils
  • De la Fortelle, mostly has Pinot Meunier. Former name Cordoin-Didierlaurent.
  • Delouvin-Chayoux (RM)
  • Jean-Christophe Gratiaux, information about a location in Troissy can also be found.
  • Harlin Père & Fils (RM), has just over 9 ha of vineyards in the Mareuil-le-Port, Épernay, and Tours-sur-Marne. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Brut Passion composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage) and Rosé de Saignée (also called Cuvée Ephémère) consisting of 100% Pinot Noir from the site Bas Vigne Goësse in Tours-sur-Marne (refers to the 2011 vintage). Not to be confused with Harlin or C. Harlin et Cie (“Maison fondée en 1848”) which is produced by Chauvet in Tours-sur-Marne, or with Henri Harlin, a marque d’acheteur produced by Vranken.
  • Francis Jobert (RM)
  • Johnny Lemaire (Facebook page)
  • Didier Liébart (RC), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Meunier och 40% Chardonnay (avser årgång 2012).
  • Liébart-Tournant (RC)
  • Liébart-Visneux (RM)
  • Gilles Mansard (RM), sometimes written Mansard Gilles. The family has 24 ha of vineyards but use only 1,7 ha from five vineyard sites (four in Mareuil-le-Port and one in the Vitryat area) with old vines for their own Champagnes, that are all oaked.
  • Joël Mansard (RM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Denis Marx (RM), the range of which includes a vintage Champagne composed of 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage). Has also produced Champagnes for other brands, including Marc Renan (a marque d’acheteur, MA) and Closquinet & Fils (see above)
  • Mathelin, which has 15 ha of vineyards. Prestige is a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 5% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage). Not to be confused with Hervé Mathelin in Troissy.
  • Mulette Corbon (RC)
  • Olivier Orban (RM)
  • Ragon-Pereira (RC)
  • Remy-Parisel (RM?, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Sombert-Lecart (RM), which has 9.14 ha of vineyards in Mareuil-le-Port, Œuilly, Villers-sous-Chatillon, and Binson-Orquigny with 4.62 ha (51%) Pinot Meunier, 2.57 ha (28%) Pinot Noir, and 1.93 ha (21%) Chardonnay. Prestige is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Meunier from vineyards with chalky soils, and Cuvée Selection is produced from Pinot Meunier from old vines in the site Les Connêts in Binson-Orquigny. The range also includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Van Gysel-Liebart (RC), has mostly Pinot Meunier. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Cuvée Cep d’Or is a non-vintage blanc de blancs.
  • D. Walle-Lemonon (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.

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 Vinicole la Gravelle is a cooperative in Mareuil-le-Port, more specifically in Cerseuil. No data on number of members etcetera.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-04-03

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