Champagne village profile: Dormans on the left bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Dormans 201506Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 346.5 hectares (856.2 acres), of which 89% Pinot Meunier, 7% Pinot Noir, and 3.5% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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 Dormans is located) and Aisne.

Neighbouring villages

On the right bank of Marne
Northeast: Verneuil (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
North: Vincelles (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Northwest: Trelou-sur-Marne (part of the Terroir de Condé)

On the left bank of Marne
East: Troissy
Southeast: Igny-Comblizy
South: La Chapelle-Monthodon
West: Courthiézy (part of the Terroir de Condé)
Comment: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

The Marne river at Dormans. Picture from the bridge on the road D6/D18 between Dormans and Chassins/Trélou-sur-Marne. The camera is directed upstream. The silo in the middle of the picture is located near the railroad station in Dormans and the vineyards on the slope far to the left are located in Vincelles and Verneuil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto Pline, 2012).

The village

Dormans is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. Dormans is the westernmost village counted as part of the area Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche. Downstream (to the west), we move into Terroir de Condé.

Other than Dormans itself, located directly at the river, there are six other villages within the commune. Try is most distant from Dormans, to the eastnortheast, and the other five lay in a semicircle, a little closer: Vassieux to the eastnortheast, followed clockwise by Vassy, Champaillé, Chavenay, and finally Soilly to the southwest. It is common to see these village names indicated on Champagne labels, often as e.g. Vassieux-Dormans.

Château de Dormans is located in the village. A memorial of the battles at Marne during World War I – mémorial des batailles de la Marne – with a (large) chapel can be found close to the château.

The Dormans commune covers 2258 hectares and has 2886 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Dormanistes.

The church in Dormans. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Zubro, 2002).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Dormans are spread over several parts of the commune and consist of mild slopes, including a large proportion of north-, northwest- and northeast-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Dormans commune is 346.5 hectares (856.2 acres). There are 309.5 ha Pinot Meunier (89.3%), 24.8 ha Pinot Noir (7.2%), and 12.2 ha Chardonnay (3.5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 313 ha. There are 143 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Château de Dormans. Picture taken from the memorial of the battles at Marne during World War I. The vineyards in the distance are located on the other side of Marne, in Trelou-sur-Marne, and the buildings that can just be seen are the Chassins village. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

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.

  • Jil Accariès (RC), has 17 ha of vineyards, of which 12 ha Pinot Meunier, 3 ha Chardonnay, and 2 ha Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagnes consists of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Yves Barbaray (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants. Independent RM producer since 2003, was before that a cooperative member and sold a large part of their grapes to Moët & Chandon. The vintage Champagnes is called Cuvée Soilleuse.
  • Betouzet-Brugneau (RC), has 12 ha of vineyards. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Prestige is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2011 vintage) and Grand Vintage is composed of one-third each of the same grape varieties and is sold with slightly more age.
  • Francis Bourbonnois (RM)
  • Bression-Lourdeaux (RC), also writes B&L on the label.
  • Lucien Brion (RC), has slightly more than 4.5 ha of vineyards in Dormans (including Try), Troissy, and Verneuil with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
  • Jean Bruneaux (RM)
  • Bruneaux-Thomas (RC)
  • Joël Coche (RM), has 8 ha of vineyards. The range includes a Bouzy Rouge.
  • Convert-Lusquin (RC)
  • Christian Cougnet (RC), has 2 ha of vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne.
  • Descôtes-Loyaux (RC)
  • Descôtes Manuel (RC)
  • Michel Dourland (RC)
  • Dubois-Lentendu (RC)
  • Didier Girault (RC)
  • Guiborat-Thognard
  • Jarrot-Duché (RC)
  • Jeandon Père & Fils (RC), has 8 ha of vineyards. Not to be confused with Jeandon-Privé in Champignol-lez-Mondeville.
  • Le Brun-Le Gouive (RM), has vineyards in Dormans, Monthelon, Grauves, and Bligny (in the Aube department).
  • Didier Lourdeaux (RM), has vineyards in several villages between Épernay and Dormans.
  • Lourdeaux-Pichelin (RC)
  • Roger Miguel (RC), also Roger Miguel & Fils.
  • Henri Palbrois (RC)
  • Daniel Pottin et Fils (RC)
  • Guy Savart (RC). Not to be confused with Savart in Écueil.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Chapelle de Dormans, which is part of the World War I memorial. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jérôme Sautret, 2002).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-03-28

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