Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 191.3 hectares (472.7 acres), of which 87% Pinot Meunier, 7% Chardonnay, and 6% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)
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Festigny is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river, in a side valley formed by the stream Le Flagot and its tributaries.
Other than Festigny itself, the hamlets/villages Le Mesnil-le-Huttier (also written Le Mesnil-Festigny), La Rue, and Neuville are also situated within the commune.
The Festigny commune covers 2563 hectares and has 405 inhabitants (as of 2013).
The vineyards in Festigny are located in the northern part of the commune, mostly around the village itself. The consist of slopes of varying directions on both banks of the stream Le Flagot as well as on the streams that are its tributaries: Ru Billet, Ru du Rognon, and Ruisseau de Fontenay. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.
The current vineyard surface in the Festigny commune is 191.3 hectares (472.7 acres). There are 165.8 ha Pinot Meunier (86.7%), 14.1 ha Chardonnay (7.4%), 11.2 ha Pinot Noir (5.9%), and 0.2 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 178 ha. There are 93 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites in Festigny include the following, among others:
- Le Clos du Bleu, a northeast-facing site just southsoutheast of Festigny, close to La Rue. Ludovic David in Villers-sous-Châtillon produces a vineyard-designated Champagne, mostly using grapes from this site, of which 90% Pinot Meunier. No vineyard wall.
- Le Clos Dériot, a north-facing site just south of Festigny, close to La Rue. No vineyard wall.
- Le Clos des Nonnes, a southwest-facing site in the eastern outskirts of the commune, close to the border to Leuvrigny (close to Le Chêne la Reine) and around a serpentine road. No vineyard wall.
- Le Clos de la Vesserie, a northwest-facing site just southwest of Festigny, close to La Rue. No vineyard wall.
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.
- Berthelot-Piot (RM)
- Bierry Père et Fils (RM), which has 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier.
- Boonen-Meunier Fils (RM), has 8 ha of vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne. The range includes a vintage Champagne. The company name is Boonen-Morel.
- Brochot-Huat (RM)
- Gérard Callot-Demy (RM)
- Pierre Christophe (Facebook page)
- Fournier Thierry (RM), formerly written Fournier Th. on the labels, as well as Thierry Fourny on their website. Has 12 ha of vineyards.
- Gaillard de Syran (RC)
- J.P. Gaudinat Père et Fils (RC), has 12 ha of vineyards with 66% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Vieille Réserve and is mostly a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, with a small proportion of Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2010 vintage).
- Gaudinat-Boivin (RM), has about 6 ha of vineyards in Festigny, Leuvrigny, and Œuilly with 4.3 ha Pinot Meunier, 1.1 ha Chardonnay, and 0.6 ha Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage). Cuvée Origine is a 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines.
- Patrice Guay (RM), has 5 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir. Also sells Champagnes under the brand:
- Lelarge-Ducrocq (RC)
- Gérard Loriot (RM), has 7.5 ha of vineyards in Festigny (including Le Mesnil-le-Huttier) and Leuvrigny with 75% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Florentine and is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 30% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2011 vintage).
- Michel Loriot (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépedants and Les Mains du Terroir with 7 ha vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, and 2% Pinot Noir. Music is played for the bottles while they rest in the cellar – vieillissement en musique. The vintage Champagnes make up the Les virtuoses series and are currently three: Inspiration de saison is composed (what else!) of 70% Pinot Meunier and 30% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage), Les Sources de Flagot is a blanc de blancs from vineyards in Nesle-le-Repons, where the stream Flagot has its source, and Monodie en Meunier Majeur Vieilles Vignes is a 100% Pinot Meunier from a vineyard planted in 1942.
- Joseph Loriot-Pagel (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépedants (since 2000) and Generation Champagne, as well as a Special Club producer (since 2009). Has about 9 ha of vineyards in Festigny, Mareuil-le-Port, Nesles-le-Repons, Le Breuil, Avize, Cramant, and Oger with 66% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 70-75 000 bottles. Their range includes two vintage Champagnes other than the Special Club: the blended Cuvée de réserve and a Blanc de Blancs. Their Special Club is a 100% Pinot Meunier from Festigny. The first vintage was 2009, and it was launched in 2014, then as the second 100% Pinot Meunier Special Club. (The first was Moussé Fils in Cuisles, in the 2005 vintage.) The next vintage will be 2012. So far their Special Club has been sold younger than the other vintage Champagnes.
- Christophe Mignon (RM), has 6.5 ha of vineyards from Le Breuil to Festigny with 90% Pinot Meunier, 5% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. Works with biodynamical methods, but don’t seem to use that designation themselves. Their vintage Champagne is a 100% Pinot Meunier. Also sells Champagnes under the brand:
- Eugène Prudhomme, also written E. Prudhomme
- Munoz-Bruneau (RM)
- Gaston Perrin (RM), has 5 ha of vineyards, all in Festigny, with 65% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir.
- Henri Perrin
- Isabelle Piot (RC)
- Piot-Koudlanski (RM)
- Piot-Lefèvre (RM)
- Gilles Planson
- Roulot-Fournier (RM), has 8.5 ha vineyards in Festigny with a majority of Pinot Meunier. The vintage Champagne is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2004 vintage).
- Yannick Rousseaux (RM)
- Trudon (RM), has a bit more than 7 ha of vineyards in Festigny with 90% Pinot Meunier, 9% Pinot Noir, and 1% Chardonnay, and an annual production of about 50 000 bottles. Their vintage Champagne is called Instantannée. Magnificence is an oak barrel-vinified non-vintage cuvée of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
- Valli-Prévost (RC)
- Arnold Vautrain (RM)
- Vautrain-Perrin (RM)
- Vély-Chartier Fils (RM), has 6 ha of vineyards with 85% Pinot Meunier.
- Vergeat-Besnard (RM)
Comment: the list may be incomplete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Festigny commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC:s village profile of Festigny.
- Vineyard map of Festigny at weinlagen-info.de
- Terroir Tracker: Festigny on the blog of Jiles Halling, “My man in Champagne”.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2017, last update 2017-08-19