Champagne village profile: Brugny-Vaudancourt in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay

Diagram Brugny-Vaudancourt 201507Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Côteaux Sud d’Épernay
Vineyards and grape varieties: 77.7 hectares (192 acres), of which 73% Pinot Meunier, 23% Chardonnay, and 4% 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 Brugny-Vaudancourt, are shown in orange.

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

Neighbouring villages

North: Vinay
Northeast: Chavot-Courcourt
South: Morangis
Northwest: Saint-Martin-d’Ablois
Comment: some of the neighbouring villages visible to the west and south on the map are not included above since they are located outside the Champagne appellation, and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

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

Brugny-Vaudancourt is located to the southwest of Épernay, along the D951 road which continues in the direction of Sézanne.

The commune consists of the villages Brugny (which is usually the one marked as Brugny-Vaudancourt on maps), Vaudancourt, Les Limons, and Le Grange Le Comte.

The Brugny-Vaudancourt commune covers 1987 hectares and has 468 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Brugnitiers-Vaudancouriers and Brugnitières-Vaudancourières. On the village level, Brugnuytiers/Brugnytières and Vaudancouriers/Vaudancourières apply.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Brugny-Vaudancourt are located in the northeastern part of the commune, primarily around Vaudancourt, on slopes that are part of the valley formed by the stream Le Cubry. The vineyards are located on the right bank of Le Cubry and consist of slopes where the direction varies from west to north to east. The vineyards are continuous with those in Saint-Martin-d’Ablois, Vinay, and Chavot-Courcourt. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Brugny-Vaudancourt commune is 77.7 hectares (192 acres). There are 56.7 ha Pinot Meunier (73%), 18.2 ha Chardonnay (23.4%), and 2.8 ha Pinot Noir (3.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 78 ha. There are 49 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Château de Brugny-Vaudancourt, located just south of the village. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Monalixa, 2009).

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.

  • Michel Testulat (NM), the top Champagne of which is called Cuvée Thomas and is a vintage blanc de blancs.

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 are placed under this heading when no information regarding producer status is available.

  • Edmond Bourdelat (RM), the top Champagne is called Magnifi Sens and is a vintage cuvée with 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage). Below a presentation video with some pictures from the vineyards in the village, but with speak and text in French only.

  • De Sloovere-Pienne, their Champagnes specify that they are produced in Brugny by Alain Pienne (RM), which has an address in Monthelon.
  • James Didier (RM)
  • Gabriel Fresne (RM), has 4.2 of vineyards in six communes: Brugny-Vaudancourt, Vinay, Chavot-Courcourt, and Morangis in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay represent 70%, while Marfaux and Pourcy in the Vallée de l’Ardre make up 30%. There is a total of 80% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir in the vineyards. The top Champagne of their range is the vintage wine, Cuvée Gabriel Millésime.
  • Henry-Bourdelat (RM), has vineyards in Brugny, Chouilly, Cuis, Epernay, Chavot and Moussy, among other. The top Champagne of their range is the vintage wine, Cuvée Millésime.
  • Alain Hugot (RM)
  • Benoit Hugot (RM), has vineyards in Brugny-Vaudancourt, Vinay, Moussy, Pierry, and Hautvillers. Has a small museum with older winemaking equipment.
  • Lahaye-Berthelot (RM), has 3 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 25 000-30 000 bottles. The top Champagne is the Cuvée Préstige and 50% of its base wine spent one year in oak barrels.
  • Bernard Oudart (RC)
  • Étienne Oudart (RC), has 8.9 ha of vineyards in Brugny, Vinay, and Essômes-sur-Marne. Is a member of the cooperative in Vinay. Their top Champagne is the Cuvée Juliana Millésimée and consists of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage). The producer also uses the name Le Manoir des Arômes after the name they gave their building.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2016-03-26

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