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

Diagram Vandières 201707Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 238.6 hectares (589.6 acres), of which 71% Pinot Meunier, 19% Pinot Noir, and 9% 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: Châtillon-sur-Marne
Northwest: Passy-Grigny
West: Verneuil

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

The town hall (mairie) of Vandières. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MTOURE51, 2014).

The village

Vandières is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river.

Although the commune stretches all the way to the river, the actual village is located slightly more than 1 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.

In the village there is a palace, Château de Vandières, owned by the Desrousseaux family.

The Vandières commune covers 1320 hectares and has 319 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Verdrats and Verdrates.

Château Vandières is located just to the north of the village, surrounded by a large park. In the background, south-facing vineyards situated to the north of the village are visible. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MTOURE51, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Vandières are located in a continuous band through the commune, and across the border into Verneuil to the west and Châtillon-sur-Marne to the east, and are dominated by Pinot Meunier. In the western part of the commune, the vineyards consist mostly of mild southeast-facing slopes. In the eastern part of the commune, the vineyards are located around a hill (that crosses the border to Châtillon-sur-Marne), and the slopes vary mainly from west to south.

The current vineyard surface in the Vandières comune is 238.6 hectares (589.6 acres), of which 170.5 ha Pinot Meunier (71.5%), 45.7 ha Pinot Noir (19.2%), and 22.4 ha Chardonnay (9.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 227 ha. There are 180 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Vandières include the following, among others:

  • Chenevières, a southeast-facing site some distance west of the village, located mid-slope. Denis Salomon produces their Rosé de Saignée using Pinot Meunier in this site.
  • Crinquette, a southeast-facing site in the western part of the commune, situated on the top of the slope. Daniel Moreau produces two vineyard-designated Champagnes using Pinot Noir from this site, a white and a rosé de saignée.
  • Les Fourches, a southwest- to west-facing site east of the village, on the border to Châtillon-sur-Marne, located in the upper part of the slope. Cazé-Thibaut in Châtillon-sur-Marne produces a vineyard-designated Champagne using Chardonnay from this site.
  • Jossias, a southeast-facing site in the western part of the commune (further west than Crinquette), on the border to Verneuil, located (more or less) on the top of the slope. Cazé-Thibaut in Châtillon-sur-Marne produces a vineyard-designated Champagne using Pinot Noir from this site.
  • La Perchotte, a southsouthwest-facing site to the northnortheast of the village, situated rather high up the slope. Daniel Moreau produces a vineyard-designated blanc de blancs using Chardonnay from this site.
  • La Tuilerie, a south/southwest-facing slope immediately to the west of the village. Nowack uses Chardonnay from this site in their blanc de blancs.

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.

  • Ardinat-Faust (RM), on the labels usually José Ardinat, has 8.2 ha of vineyards and practices organic viticulture since 1971, with Ecocert certification since 1989. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Also sells Champagnes under the brand Serge Faust.
  • Copin-Cautel (RC, Facebook page) has 4.13 ha of vineyards in Vandières, Chouilly, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, and Aÿ. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2010 vintage), and Amalgame composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). Has an origin in the producer Philippe Copin.
  • Delabarre (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 6 ha vingårdar of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 27% Pinot Noir, and 13% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage).
  • Delouvin-Bagnost (RM), has 9.5 ha of vineyards and an annual production of aboyr 100 000 flaskor. In addition to their regular vintage Champagne, there is one called Cuvée Louis V.
  • Delouvin-Moreau (RM, Facebook page).
  • Delouvin-Nowack (RM, Facebook page), has 7 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 50 000 bottles. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). Older vintages are sold under the designation Œnothèque.
  • Laurent Etchart (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2009 vintage).
  • Pascal Fauvet (RC)
  • Gouvenaux-Mimin (RC)
  • Grezo-Legrand (RM)
  • Alban Lemaire (RM, Facebook page), also Joël Lemaire on the labels. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Leriche Tournant (RM, Facebook page), has vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage).
  • E. Liebart (RC, Facebook page), has 7 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular composed of 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage) and Cuvée White composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Francine Loriot (RC)
  • Francis Loriot (RC, Facebook page)
  • Daniel Moreau (NM), with the company name Bastien Moreau, member of Vignerons Indépendants with 6.8 ha of vineyards in Verneuil, Vandières, and Châtillon-sur-Marne. Grape varieties are 50% Pinot Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir, and 13% Chardonnay. The range also includes a vineyard-designated and vintage-dated Pinot Noir, Les Crinquettes (I’ve not been able to figure out if the vineyard is in Vandières or another village).
  • Marina D. (RM, Facebook page), has 6 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne with is a blanc de blancs and Mélodie which is oak barrel-vinified and has old-fashioned string closure.
  • Daniel Moreau (RM, Facebook page), with the company name Bastien Moreau, member of Vignerons Indépendants with 6.9 ha of vineyards in Verneuil, Vandières, and Châtillon-sur-Marne. There are 50% Pinot Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir, and 13% Chardonnay in the vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2010 vintage) and three vineyard-designated Champagnes, all vintage-dated varietal wines vinified in oak barrels. Pinot Noir from the vineyard site Les Crinquettes (Crinquette) in Vandières is produced both as white and rosé de saignée, and the third is a blanc de blancs (Chardonnay) from La Perchotte.
  • Nowack (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation Des Pieds et des Vins with 3.6 ha of vineyards with 65% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir, and an annual production of 10 000 bottles. The red wine for the rosé originates from old vines of Pinot Meunier in the single vineyard site Grillauts. Grande Cuvée Laurine is a non-vintage blanc de blancs originating from the vineyard sites La Tuilerie in Vandières and Les Cuchots in the Côtes des Blancs.
  • Gérard Paille (RM)
  • Denis Patoux (RM, Facebook page), has 8.5 ha of vineyards with 4.2 ha Pinot Meunier, 2.4 ha Pinot Noir, and 1.9 ha Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2003-2007 vintage). Usually has several vintages for sale at the same time, in particularly in magnum.
  • André Plekhoff
  • Laurent Saint Omer (RC), also written Laurent St-Omer.
  • Christelle Salomon (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Has 3.1 ha of vineyards with 67% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Denis Salomon (RM, Facebook-sida), member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation Origines Champagne with 3.6 ha of vineyards with 65% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, and 17% Pinot Noir. The non-vintage Rosé de Saignée is produced from old Pinot Meunier vines (planed in 1962) in the vineyard site Les Chennevières. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: the regular composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir in varying proportions (2009: 25% Ch, 25% PM, 50% PN, 2011: 50% Ch, 20% PM, 30% PN), Cuvée Prestige compose of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage), and l’Inedite composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage) and is sold brut nature (without dosage).
  • Olivier Tournant (RM)
  • Tournant-Salomon
  • Thibaut Gisony (RC, Facebook page), with the company name Le Clos de la Tuilerie, is a member of the the village cooperative l’Union.
  • Vermesova-Moreau (RM)
  • Vermesova-Paille (RM)

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 Vinicole l’Union is a cooperative in Vandières founded in 1956, with 180 medlemmar who have 167 ha of vineyards. Just over half the production is sold to Champagne houses (as base wine or in bottle), and a smaller part is sold under the cooperative’s own brand:
    • De l’Argentaine, created in 1972 as their own Champagne brand. The range includes a vintage Champagne which in the 2007 is stated to consist of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.
    • The cooperative also producers the Champagnes sold under the name Duc de Romet (a ND = négociant-distributeur, i.e., sells Champagnes produced by someone else). The company behind the name is called Terroir & Talent, is located in Aÿ, and Jean-Baptiste Geoffroy of the Aÿ grower Geoffroy is behind it.

Below a video (mostly French audio, English subtitles) with an American interview with the coooerative.

Video clips

A video showing paragliding in Vandières, and giving an impression of what the landscape and the vineyards of this area look like. At the start of the video, Vandières is in the left hand of the frame, and we look to the east, in the direction of Épernay/Aÿ.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-07-24

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