Champagne village profile: Vert-Toulon in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Vert-Toulon 201510Key facts for Vert-Toulon

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 99.3 hectares (245.4 acres), of which 87% Chardonnay, 11% Pinot Meunier, and 2% Pinot Noir.

Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)
Also known as: Vert-la-Gravelle

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, green indicates forest, and blue/purple is water and wetland.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Val du Petit Morin area highlighted. The area’s only premier cru village, Étréchy, is shown in yellow and the other villages in orange.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if it exists.

Neighbouring villages

North: Loisy-en-Brie
Northnortheast: Givry-lès-Loisy
Northeast: Étréchy (premier cru)
Southeast: Val-des-Marais (premier cru, part of the Côte des Blancs area)
Southsouthwest: Broussy-le-Grand
Southwest: Coizard-Joches
Westnorthwest: Congy
Westnorthwest: Fèrebrianges
Northwest: Étoges
Northnorthwest: Beaunay
Comment: several of the communes on the map (in particular to the northwest) are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

View of Vert-Toulon/Vert-la-Gravelle. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Collard, 2014).

The village

Vert-Toulon is located in the Val du Petit Morin area, on rather flat ground at the close to the stream Le Moulin, which empties into Le Petit Morin close to the southern apex of the commune.

The main village in the Vert-la-Gravelle commune and is located in its centre. There is also a village in the northwestern part of the commune known as Toulon-la-Montagne. The Vert-Toulon commune was founded in 1973 by merging the two former communes Vert-la-Gravelle and Toulon-la-Montagne.

The Vert-Toulon commune covers 2204 hectares and has 297 inhabitants (as of 2014) referred to as Vérats and Vérates.

Vineyards

The church in Vert-la-Gravelle, Église Saint-Pierre. Picture linkde from Wikimedia Commons (photo Keniaar, 2015).

The main part of the vineyards in Vert-Toulon is located just west of Vert-la-Gravelle, between the village and a small forest. Here there are mild slopes of varying directions, including a fair amount of south-facing slopes but also some north-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Vert-Toulon commune is 99.3 hectares (245.4 acres). There are 86.3 ha Chardonnay (86.9%), 11,2 ha Pinot Meunier (11.3%), 1.7 ha Pinot Noir (1.7%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 97 ha. There are 79 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Vert-Toulon include (among others):

  • Les Pierrières, a southeast- to south-facing site located west of Vert-la-Gravelle, immediately to the south of the D18 road, at the edge of the forest. Ulysse Collin in Congy produces a vineyard-designated Chardonnay from this site.

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.

  • Hervé Brisson (RC)
  • François-Charlot (Facebook page)
  • Thierry Jacquet (RC), which also have an address in Tinqueux in the southern part of Reims.
  • Didier Leclerc
  • Sébastien Lefèvre, the vintage Champagne consists of 70% Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
  • Raymond Leherle (RC)
  • Claude Mathieu (RC)
  • Jean-Marc Mathieu (Facebook page)
  • Vincent Mathieu (RC), has 1.63 ha of vineyards. Other than the regular vintage Champagne, there is a Cuvée Symphonie which is sold with more age.
  • Ploix-Decrouy
  • Yveline Prat (RM), has 20 ha of vineyards in the Côte des Bars, Sézannais, Chézy-sur-Marne, and Vert-Toulon with 40% Chardonnay (mainly in Vert-Toulon), 30% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refera to the 2008 vintage). A video with images from the 2014 vintage can be found below. The company name is Prat Vert-Toulon with an address in Vertus. Also sells Champagnes under/for the brands:
    • Georges de la Chapelle, which is positioned as a more exclusive range. The vintage Champagne is composed of 60-65% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 15-20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2004 and 2006 vintages, with 60% and 65% Ch).
    • Comte de la Fortelle, a MA = marque d’acheteur, buyer’s own brand, which belongs to a company in Metz. The labels are decorated by a prancing stallion (étalon).

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

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 La Grappe d’Or is a cooperative in Vert-Toulon founded in  1957. Of their production, about a third each goes back to the members (to be sold by themselves as RC Champagne), is sold to major Champagne houses, and is sold to small- and medium-sized houses.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2017-02-26

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