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

Diagram Monthelon 201507Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Côteaux Sud d’Épernay
Vineyards and grape varieties: 103.4 hectares (255.5 acres), of which 51% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Meunier, and 6% Pinot Noir
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Classification: “Autre cru” (88%)

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 Monthelon, are shown in orange.

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

Neighbouring villages

North: Pierry, premier cru
East: Cuis, premier cru (part of Côte des Blancs)
South: Mancy
Southwest: Morangis
West: Chavot-Courcourt
Northnorthwest: Moussy

The village

The church in Monthelon, Église Saint-Nicolas. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo October Ends, 2013).

Monthelon is located south of Épernay on the western side of a valley formed by the two streams Le Darcy and Le Mancy. Monthelon is located mid-slope surrounded by vineyards, and is known under the local nickname balcon de la Champagne.

The Monthelon commune covers 266 hectares and has 355 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Montheloniers and Monthelonières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Monthelon are located around the village, on the slope formed by the streams Le Darcy and Le Mancy. The vineyards are continuous with those in Chavot-Courcourt and the western part of Mancy. Southeast-facing slopes dominate, but in the northern part of the commune we also find east- and northeast-facing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, but the proportion of Pinot Meunier is only slightly less.

The current vineyard surface in the Monthelon commune is 103.4 hectares (255.5 acres). There are 52.4 ha Chardonnay (50.7%), 44.4 ha Pinot Meunier (42.9%), and 6.6 ha Pinot Noir (6.4%). Numbers from CIVC. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 101 ha. There are 91 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.

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.

  • Julien Chopin (RC, alternative web site), has vineyards in Monthelon, Mancy, Moussy, Chouilly, Cuis, and Grauves. The upper part of the Champagne range is called  Les Originelles. The range of four different varietal Ratafias is unusually large, and includes two Pinot Meuniers and one each of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
  • Georges Colin
  • Dérouillat (RM), formerly Dérouillat-Franquet et Fils, has 5.4 ha of vineyards in the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, Côte des Blancs, and Vallée de la Marne. The range includes Georges-William Secret de Famille, a cuvée with a secret composition, and two blended vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Fanette and Cuvée Cécile.
  • Denis Frézier, has 5.89 ha of vineyards in Cramant, Grauves, Hautvillers, Mancy, Chavot, and Monthelon with 50% Pinot Meunier, 45% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir. The top Champagne of the range is a vintage cuvée with a majority of Chardonnay.
  • Gaspard-Parmentier (RM)
  • Guelard Denis (RM?), member of Vignerons Indépendats.
  • Michel Guichon
  • Guillette-Brest (RM)
  • J. Guyot (RC), with the company name J. Guyot-Regnault.
  • Alexandre Le Brun (RM), has 3 ha of vineyards in Monthelon, Mancy, Morangis, Chavot-Courcourt, Grauves, Sézanne, Chouilly, and Épernay with 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir. Alexandre took over the family property in 2008 but has already received some attention, e.g. for very slow fermentation of the base wines. Below a presentation video from the blog of Jiles Haling, My man in champagne:

  • Jean-Claude Le Brun, has vineyards in Monthelon, Mancy, Cramant, Avize, Oger, Chouilly, and Sézanne.
  • Le Gouive Père & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5 ha of vineyards and sales of 30 000 bottles annually.
  • Lecardeur-Gaspard (RM)
  • Lhuillier-Pouyet, the top cuvée of which is a blended vintage Champagne.
  • Marchand & Fils (RC), also A. Marchand & Fils.
  • Didier Marchand & Fils (RC)
  • A. Marchand-Rivierre (RC), with the company name Marchand-Noël
  • B. Marchand-Rivierre
  • Claude Moussé (RM)
  • Guy Muller (RM)
  • Alain Pienne (RM). Also produces the champagne from De Sloovere-Pienne in Brugny.
  • André Pienne (RC), the vintage Champagne is a 100% Chardonnay.
  • Jacques Pienne & Fils (RC)
  • Michel Pienne
  • Sylvain Pienne (RM), has 6.1 ha of vineyards in three villages.
  • Jaques Robert & ses Fils
  • Gilbert Vouillot & Fils

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperatives

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 de Monthelon-Morangis is a cooperative in Monthelon founded in 1947. The Champagnes are sold under the brand:
    • Mont-Hauban. The range includes a couple of blanc de blancs, including their non-vintage Cuvée brut Prestige and the vintage Champagne, Cuvée Millésime.
  • Coopérative Entente Proprietaires Recoltants, EPR, is a cooperative in Monthelon.

Links

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

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