Champagne village profile: Fèrebrianges in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Fèrebrianges 201511Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 115.7 hectares (285.9 acres), of which 44% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Meunier, and 13% Pinot Noir.

Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)

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

Northeast: Étoges
Southeast: Vert-Toulon
Southwest and west: Congy
Comment: several of the communes on the map (those to the northwest) are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Fèrebrianges is part of a string of villages located along a mild slope in the Val du Petit Morin (to the southwest of Côte des Blancs proper), a short distance above the small river Le Petit Morin.

The Fèrebrianges commune covers 719 hectares and has 174 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Prussiens and Prussiennes.

Vineyards

Most of the vineyards in Fèrebrianges are located around the village, and are continuous with those in Congy and Étoges. In this block, the slopes vary, with some dominance of rather mild south- to east-facing slopes, but there are also mild west-facing slopes. Other than that there is a smaller block in the southeastern part of the commune, mostly consisting of mild west-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, which are present in about equal proportions.

The current vineyard surface in the Fèrebrianges commune is 115.7 hectares (285.9 acres). There are 50.5 ha Chardonnay (43.6%), 50.0 ha Pinot Meunier (43.2%), 15.1 ha Pinot Noir (13.1%), and 0.1 ha others (<0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 110 ha. There are 97 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.

  • A. Bergère (NM), which now has their main seat in Épernay, used to be located in Fèrebrianges and still has an address in the village. The vineyards cover about 40 ha and are mostly located in Fèrebrianges, Étoges, and Congy, but also in Sézanne, Bethon, Charly-sur Marne, Pavant, Mont-Saint-Père, Essomes, Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Avize, Chouilly, and Cramant. Grapes used consist of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. Cuvée Sélection originates from vineyards in Fèrebrianges and consists of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne Cuvée Prestige Millésime consists of 50% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2002 vintage). Cuvée 38-40 is a vintage Champagne named for their new address in Épernay, and consists of 100% Chardonnay from Avize and Oger (refers to the 2006 vintage).
    History
    Their own Champagne production was initiated in 1949 by André Bergère. In 2007, this Champagne house moved in to Avenue de Champagne number 38-40, in a building from 1900.

    Below a presentation video (French audio and English subtitles):

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.

  • Albert Barbichon (RC)
  • Raymond Barbichon (RC)
  • Albéric Duvat (RM?), also Albéric & Xavier Duvat and Xavier Duvat & Fils, has 10 ha of vineyards spread over the Marne, Aisne, and Aube departments with 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is called Tête de Cuvée and consists of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to  the 2010 vintage; the 2008 consisted of 60% Ch, 30% PN, 10% PM).
  • Pascal Geoffroy (RC), more often written Geoffroy Pascal.
  • Jean-Marie Joudart
  • Vincent Joudart (RM), a Special Club producer with 7 ha of vineyards with 45% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 70 000 flaskor. Their Special Club consists of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage). Other vintages that have been released include 2006.
  • Gilbert Leroux (RC)
  • Pascal Leroux
  • Stéphane Pernet (RM), has vineyards in Congy, Broyes, and Fèrebrianges. The annual production is 28 000 bottles.
  • Petit-Geoffroy-Triolet (RC), also written Petit-Triolet, has 8.5 ha of vineyards in Fèrebrianges och Coizard-Joches. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Sensation and consists of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2007 vintage).
  • Didier Savry (RC), which has two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Préstige composed by 45% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage) and Sélection Vieilles Vignes which is produced using old vines of more than 90 years and 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2009 vintage).

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

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© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last upate 2017-01-21

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