Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 149 hectares (368.2 acres), of which 72% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 13% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)
On the left bank of the Marne
South: Dormans (part of the area Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)
Comment: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.
Vincelles is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the village. Of the villages that are located on the right bank of Marne, Vincelles is the westernmost in the Marne departement. The next village downstream, Trélou-sur-Marne, is located in the Aisne department. Therefore, Vincelles and Champvoisy are the westernmost villages that are included in the area Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite.
Locally, Vincelles is called “Le Petit Aÿ” after the perhaps most well-known Pinot Noir village. This nickname is meant to indicate that this village, with its nearby south-facing slopes and the location at the Marne, is to Pinot Meunier what Aÿ is for Pinot Noir, and is supposed to originate with the chef de cave of one of the major Champagne houses.
The Vincelles commune covers 355 hectares and has 364 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as vincellois and vincelloises.
The vineyards in Vincelles are located around the village, in a strip that runs through the commune and is continuous with those in Trélou-sur-Marne to the west and those in Verneuil to the east. The vineyards mostly consist of mild southsoutheast-facing slopes and are dominated by Pinot Meunier.
The current vineyard surface in the Vincelles commune is 149 hectares (368.2 acres). There are 107 ha Pinot Meunier (71.8%), 22.6 ha Chardonnay (15.1%), and 19.5 ha Pinot Noir (13.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 129 ha. There are 63 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
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.
- Deneux-Piot & Fils (RC), has 6.5 ha of vineyards and is a member of the H. Blin cooperative.
- R. Durdon & Fils (RM), also has a website with the name Durdon Jackie, and the company name is Durdon-Maillet.
- Durdon-Bouval (RC, Facebook page)
- H. Dépaux & Fils (RM)
- Jean-Pierre Guy (RC)
- Jean Hû (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards with 75% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir.
- Piot-Sévillano (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with med just under 8 ha of vineyards, mostly in Vincelles, with 70% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay, and an annual production of 50 000 bottles. The prestige cuvée (50% Chardonnay of which 15% oaked, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir) used to be called Cuvée Elégance, but changed name to Cuvée Interdite (which means “forbidden”) after another Champagne producer forbade them to use this name since it was registered by this producer.
- Prady & Porot (RM, old blog)
Comment: the list is probably not complete.
- Coopérative Vinicole de Vincelles is a cooperative in Vincelles founded in 1947 by Henri Blin and 28 other growers with a total of 16 ha of vineyards. Today (2015), the cooperative has 120 members with 123 ha. The Champagnes are sold under than brands:
- H. Blin, also written H. Blin & Cie, with an annual production of just under 500 000 bottles. Their range has a high proportion of Pinot Meunier and receives good reviews from several sources. A 100% Pinot Meunier Extra Brut was introduced in 2014, in their Blin’s Édition Limitée series. A Vincelles Rouge, Coteaux Champenois on 100% Pinot Meunier, is also produced.
- Charles Vercy
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Vincelles commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s village profile of Vincelles.
- The Swedish version of this post.
A video clip showing paragliding in Vincelles that gives a picture of what the vineyards around the village look like.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-07-04