Champagne village profile: Cormicy in the Massif de Saint-Thierry, the northernmost of all Champagne villages

Key facts for Cormicy

Diagram Cormicy 201509Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 57.0 hectares (140,9 acres), of which 43% Pinot Noir, 36% Pinot Meunier, and 21% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)
Noted for: the northernmost of all villages within the Champagne appellation.

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 dashed red border is the departemental border between Marne (where Cormicy is located) and Aisne.

Neighbouring village

Southsoutheast: Cauroy-lès-Hermonville
Comment: most of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Cormicy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2011).

The village

Cormicy is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, a short distance northwest of Reims. With its location at just north of 49° 22′ N, it is the northernmost of all villages within the Champagne appellation and wine region.

The Cormicy commune covers 2427 hectares and has 1426 inhabitants (as of 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Cormicy are located south of the village, west of the D530 road, on rather flat land with very mild slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, although not by a wide margin.

At the edge of the built up area in the western part of the village, at 49° 22′ 08” N, we find the northernmost vineyard of this commune, and therefore of all Champagne. The southernmost is located in the Channes village in the Barséquanais area at 47° 56′ 43” N.

The current vineyard surface in the Cormicy commune is 57,0 hectares (140,9 acres). There are 24.6 ha Pinot Noir (43.2%), 20.4 ha Pinot Meunier (35.8%), and 12.0 ha Chardonnay (21.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 54 ha. There are 34 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Les Rachais is a vineyard site where Francis Boulard & Fille of Cauroy-lès-Hermonville has some of their vineyard holdings. They produce two vineyard-designated Champagnes from Les Rachais: a white 100% Chardonnay and a rosé saignée from 100% Pinot Noir.

The church in Cormicy, Église Saint-Cyr-et-Sainte-Julitte. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Fab5669, 2015).

Champagne producers

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.

  • Batillot & Fils (RC), has 5.3 ha of vineyards in Verzenay and Hermonville.
  • Baudvin (RC), also Michel Baudvin, M. Baudvin, Geoffrey Baudvin, and G. Baudvin. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Audrey and consists of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier.
  • Roland Boulard (RM), with the company name Boulard-Barizet, has 6 ha of vineyards in La Neuville-aux-Larris, Cuchery, Belval-sous-Châtillon, Hermonville, and Cormicy.
  • Boulard-Bauquaire (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 8 ha of vineyards in Cormicy, Hermonville, La Neuville-aux-Larris, Monthurel, and Trépail. The annual production is 75 000 bottles. The top cuvées are both 100% Chardonnay, Vieilles Vignes originates from Trépail and Cuvée Mélanie is based on old vines in Cormicy and vinification in oak. Below a video presentation of the producer, in French without subtitles, but with vineyard views from the the village at 0:58-1:09.

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

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2016-06-03

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