Champagne village profile: Vinay in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay

Diagram Vinay 201506Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Côteaux Sud d’Épernay
Vineyards and grape varieties: 147.8 hectares (365.2 acres), of which 58% Pinot Meunier, 26% Chardonnay, and 16% Pinot Noir
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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 all the villages in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay area highlighted. The premier cru village of the area, Pierry, is in yellow and the other villages, including Vinay, are shown in orange.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

North: Épernay (the forest area)
East: Moussy
Southeast: Chavot-Courcourt
South: Brugny-Vaudacourt
West: Saint-Martin-d’Ablois

The village

Coat of arms of the Vinay commune. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (created  by Chatsam, 2014).

Vinay is located to the southwest of Épernay, beyond Moussy along the D11 road. The village is located at the foot of the slope where the vineyards are situated. The stream Le Cubry, which forms the valley that continues to the west, runs below the village and empties into the Marne river at Épernay.

The village Tincourt (Hameau de Tincourt), situated just to the west of Vinay, is also part of the commune. There is also a village called Tincourt in the Champagne commune Venteuil.

The Vinay commune covers 309 hectares and has 585 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Vinaitiers and Vinaitères.

The luxury hotel Hostellerie La Briqueterie is located in Vinay, and it has a restaurant with one star in the Guide Michelin (as of 2015).

The town hall of Vinay. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2016).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Vinay are partly located on the slope southwest of Épernay formed by the valley of the stream Le Cubry, and partly below the slope. The vineyards mostly consist of south-facing slopes, and Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety. The vineyards are continuous with those in Moussy and Saint-Martin-d’Ablois.

The current vineyard surface in the Vinay commune is 147.8 hectares (365.2 acres). There are 85.6 ha Pinot Meunier (57.9%), 38.0 ha Chardonnay (25.7%), 24.1 ha Pinot Noir (16.3%), and 0.1 ha others (<0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 145 ha. There are 102 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Houses that use vineyards in the village include Moët & Chandon and Taittinger.

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.

  • Jean Diot (NM, also has a blog), a smaller Champagne house. The vintage Champagne is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. There “Gamme Premium” includes e.g. Exception Boisée, a vintage Champagne with old-fashioned string closure vinified in oak, that composed by 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier from Moussy. Not to be confused with Diot in Cramant.
    History
    Jean Diot started to produce his own Champagnes in the early 1960s, and in 1998 the house was taken over by his children.

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. Smaller producers with unknown status are placed under this heading.

  • André Brochot (RM). The company name is Francis Brochot, and the label says that they can be found in Saint-Martin-d’Ablois and Vinay.
  • Roger Closquinet (RM), has 18 ha of vineyards.
  • Closquinet-Charpentier, has vineyards with 42% Pinot Meunier, 41% Pinot Noir, and 17% Chardonnay.
  • Eric Filaine (RC)
  • Hervé Franquet
  • Lecomte Père & Fils (RM), has 7 ha of vineyards of which 4.5 ha in Vinay and the rest in Passy-Grigny, Festigny, and Chambrecy.
  • Mignon Père & Fils. Unusually enough, there is a a producer with exactly the same name in Venteuil. The can be told apart by the labels specifying Mignon Père & Fils à Vinay and Mignon Père & Fils à Venteuil.
  • Prunet-Guinard (RC)
  • Royer-Lagache (RC)
  • Christophe Thomas (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.

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 Champenoise is a cooperative in Vinay with 172 members, of which 10 sell Champagnes under their own name.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-04-09

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