Champagne village profile: Brimont north of Reims

Diagram Brimont 201509Key facts for Brimont

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 44.5 hectares (110.0 acres), of which 82% Pinot Meunier, 13% Pinot Noir, and 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 red dashed line is the departmental border between Marne (where Brimont is located ) and Aisne. The big white area in Bétheny is a former military airbase, Base aérienne 112 Reims-Champagne. Reims is located just outside the map to the south.

Neighbouring villages

None of the immediate neighbours of Brimont are part of the Champagne appellation. The nearest Champagne villages can be found to the southwest, beyond Courcy and Loivre, in the form of Villers-Franqueux, Thil, and Saint-Thierry, that are all part of the Massif de Saint-Thierry. To the southeast, but slightly further away, we find Cernay-lès-Reims and Berru, which are part of the Monts de Berru area.

The central part of Brimont, with the church Église Saint-Remi mid-picture. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo uploaded 2005 by Gflomont~commonswiki).

The village

Brimont is located in the northern part of the Champagne region, a short distance north of Reims. The village is counted as part of the area Massif de Saint-Thierry, but forms its own satellite of the area proper, since it is the only village that isn’t located at the forest area that is the actual “massif”. Brimont is one of the northernmost of the villages in the Champagne appellation.

The Brimont commune covers 1261 hectaes and has 443 inhabitants (as of 2012).

A small part of the former military airbase Base aérienne 112 Reims-Champagne is located in the Brimont commune, with its main part in Bétheny, the neighbouring commune. The base was closed down in 2012.

The airbase just south of Brimont, Base Aérienne 112 Reims-Champagne. North is up in the picture, and the border between Brimont and Bétheny runs approximately mid-picture. The Brimont village itself and the vineyards in the commune are just outside the picture to the north. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Mike-tango, 2008).

Vineyards

The vinyards in Brimont are located directly at the village, to the north, east, and south. The vineyards are found on relatively flat land, with very mild slopes. To the west of the village and vineyards, a small forest is located, and probably contributes some protection from rain and wind. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety by a big margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Brimont commune is 44.5 hectares (110.0 acres). There are 36.3 ha Pinot Meunier (81.6%), 5.9 ha Pinot Noir (13.3%), and 2.3 ha Chardonnay (5.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 44 ha. There are 28 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagneproducenter

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.

  • Chengal (RC), with the company name Chenivesse, has (a major part of their?) vineyards in Vertus and Bergères-lès-Vertus in the Côte des Blancs. The range includes two vintage Champagnes, a cuvée of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir as well as a blanc de blancs.
  • Hotte-Schmit (RC), has 5.5 ha of vineyards in Brimont.
  • Xavier Laluc (RC)

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

The town hall (mairie) in Brimont. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Fab5669, 2015).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-12-13

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