Champagne village profile: Passy-Grigny on the right bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Passy-Grigny 201506Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite
Vineyards and grape varieties: 196.8 hectares (486.3 acres), of which 81% Pinot Meunier, 14% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)
Noted for: home village of the Dom Caudron cooperative.

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. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Marne (where Passy-Grigny is located) and Aisne.

Neighbouring villages

North: Sainte-Gemme
Southwest: Vandières
South: Verneuil
West: Champvoisy
Comment: some of the village visible on the map are located outside the Champagne appellation, and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The church in Passy-Grigny, Église Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2011).

The village

Passy-Grigny is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means north of the river, but not directly at the Marne.

The Passy-Grigny commune covers 1199 hectares and has 385 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as passiats-grigniats and passiates-grigniates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Passy-Grigny are located in several parts of the commune. In the northwestern part, north of the stream Ruisseau de Champvoisy, there is a block that is continuous with the vineyards in Champvoisy and Sainte-Gemme. To the west and southwest of the village there is a block that is continuous with the vineyards in the northern part of Verneuil. Finally, there are smaller blocks of vineyard in the western part of the commune (south of the Ruisseau de Champvoisy), east of the village, and in the southeastern part of the commune. The vineyards consist of mild slopes of different directions, including southeast-facing slopes, with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Passy-Grigny commune is 196.8 hectares (486.3 acres). There are 159.5 ha Pinot Meunier (81.1%), 26.8 ha Pinot Noir (13.6%), and 10.5 ha Chardonnay (5.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 185 ha. There are 62 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Benjamin Rogge (ND), whose Champagnes are produced by Boizel in Épernay.

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.

  • Gilles Allait et Fils (RM)
  • Boizot-Delionnet (RC, Facebook page)
  • Maurice Caillot
  • Renée Caillot (RM), has just over 7 ha of vineyards in Passy-Grigny and Troissy.
  • Robert Caillot (RC), has 7 ha of vineyards.
  • Nobert Cez
  • Pascal Cez (RM, Facebook page)
  • Garnier-Causin (RC)
  • Marc Houelle (RC), has 6 ha of vineyards with 94% Pinot Meunier, 5% Pinot Noir, and 1% Chardonnay.
  • Laurent Laluc (RC)
  • Jean-Christophe Legendre, has about 10 ha of vineyards, mostly located on the right bank of the Vallée de la Marne.
  • Laurent Lequart (RC), has 9 ha of vineyards in Passy-Grigny and are members of village cooperative.
  • Christian Liébart (Facebook page)
  • Jean-Jacques Mahé (RC)
  • Jean-Michel Pelletier (RC)
  • Chantal Robion (RC)
  • Jacky Robion (RC)
  • Rogge-Cereser (RM), also written without a hyphen (Rogge Cereser), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 10 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 70 000 flaskor.
  • Thevenet-Delouvin, located in Passy-Grigny and Cersuil (Mareuil-le-Port) and uses oak barrels for parts of their range.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Cooperatives

  • Coopérative Vinicole de Passy-Grigny is a cooperative that uses the brand Dom Caudron for their Champagnes. The cooperative was founded in 1929 by 23 growers (then with a total of 12 ha) after being urged to do so by the priest Aimé Caudron. Today, there are 75 member with a total of 130 ha of vineyards in the Marne valley. Pinot Meunier dominate in these vineyard holdings (about 80%), and several Dom Caudron Champagnes consist of 100% Pinot Meunier. In some of the cuvées there is also Chardonnay. Small oak barrels are used for some of the cuvées. Their most ambitious Pinot Meunier Champagne is called Cornalyne and 50% of its base is vinified in oak. The cooperative puts a lot of effort into offering visits and various forms of tours, and also has a museum with old winemaking equipment. A general presentation can be found in the video below:

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015

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