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

Key facts

Diagram Cormicy 201509Located in subregion/area: Montagne & Val de Reims / Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 56.7 hectares (140.1 acres), of which 43% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 22% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)
Noted for: the northernmost of all villages within the Champagne appellation.

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


Google Maps view with the villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry shown.

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

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 1467 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Cormiciens and Cormiciennes.

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 56.7 hectares (140.1 acres). There are 24.4 ha Pinot Noir (43.0%), 19.7 ha Pinot Meunier (34.7%), and 12.6 ha Chardonnay (22.2%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 54 ha. There are 39 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, Facebook page), has 5.3 ha of vineyards in Verzenay and Hermonville.
  • Baudvin (RC), also Michel Baudvin, M. Baudvin, Geoffrey Baudvin, and G. Baudvin. Cuvée Audrey is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier. Rosé Boisé is a vintage rosé which is oak barrel-vinified.
  • Roland Boulard (RM, Facebook-sida), member of Vignerons Indépendants with the company name Boulard-Barizet, also calling themselves Boulard et Filles. Has 6 ha of vineyards in La Neuville-aux-Larris, Cuchery, Belval-sous-Châtillon, Hermonville, and Cormicy.
  • Boulard-Bauquaire (RM, Facebook-sida), 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.

  • Cantoni-Guerlet (RM)
  • Corpart Dorge (RC)
  • Gérard Deligny et filles (RC)
  • Didier François (RC), which also have their vineyards in Cormicy. Vieilles Vignes is a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir from old vines.
  • Patrice Hivet (RC)
  • Lecrocq-Chompret (RC)
  • Patrice Malnis (RC)
  • Philippe Pazik (RC)
  • Porgeon et Fils (RC, Facebook page). Défense is a vintage Champagne composed of the three common grape varieties.
  • Michel Richard

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, while it is RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Vinicole Cormicy is a cooperative in Cormicy, the name of which is also written Coop Vinic Cormicy-Coop Agri Cormicy.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2019, last update 2019-04-13

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