Champagne village profile: Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny, a premier cru in the Côte des Blancs

Diagram Villeneuve-Renneville-ChevignyKey facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Côte des Blancs
Vineyards and grape varieties: 96.6 hectares (238.7 acres), of which 99.1% Chardonnay, 0.8% Pinot Noir, and 0.1% Pinot Meunier.

Classification: Premier cru (95%)
Noted for: Chardonnay from premier cru-classified vineyards.
Also called: Villeneuve-Renneville
Not to be confused with: the hamlet Villeneuve in the southern part of Bar-sur-Seine commune.

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.

Neighbouring villages

North: Oger, grand cru (which also includes the flatland east of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger)
Northwest: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, grand cru
Northwest: Vertus, premier cru (a small strip of land)
Westsouthwest: Voipreux, premier cru
Comment: several of the communes on the map, in particular on the flatland to the east, are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The church in Villeneuve, Église Saint Memmie. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Methos31, 2008).

The village

Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny is located on the flatland east of the Côte des Blancs slope, along the stream La Berle, which continues via La Somme-Soude to empty into the Marne river in the northeast.

The commune consists of three villages along La Berle, where Villeneuve is located in the middle, Chevigny to the west, and Renneville to the east. The commune was created by fusing three older communes, Villeneuve-lès-Rouffy, Renneville, and Chevigny, but these fusions toke place already in 1858 (to Villeneuve-Renneville) and 1865 (to the present commune). The alternative name sometimes seen in connection with Champagne, Villeneuve-Renneville, was therefore only the official name of the commune 1858-1865.

The Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny commune covers 1717 hectares and has 313 inhabitants (as of 2012) referred to as villeneuviots and villeneuviotes, alternatively villeneuvois and villeneuvoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny is located in the northwestern part, and are continuous with those in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger and Vertus. The vineyards are located on rather flat land below the Côte des Blancs slope itself and consists almost exclusively of Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny commune is 96.6 hectares (238.7 acres). There are 95.7 ha Chardonnay (99.1%), 0.8 ha Pinot Noir (0.8%), and 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 95 ha. There are 20 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne houses that control vineyards in Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny include Bollinger, Duval-Leroy, and Taittinger.

The premier cru status

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru and 90-99% = premier cru, Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny had 95% which meant premier cru status. Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny has kept this premier cru status following the abolishment of the échelle des crus, just like other villages that achieved it.

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. Smaller producers with unknown status are placed under this heading.

  • Leclère-Massard (RC), the vintage Champagne of which is a blanc de blancs.
  • André Viard (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2016-01-06

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