Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Côte des Blancs
Vineyards and grape varieties: 29.7 hectares (73.4 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (90%), was formerly a premier cru for white grapes only and “autre cru” (87%) for black grapes.
Noted for: Chardonnay from premier cru-classified vineyards.
Also called: Coligny
Northnortheast: Bergerès-lès-Vertus, premier cru
Northwest: Vert-Toulon (part of the Val du Petit Morin)
Northnorthwest: Étréchy, premier cru (part of the Val du Petit Morin)
Comment: several of the communes on the map, in particular on the flatlands to the east, are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.
Val-des-Marais is located on the flatland south of the Côte des Blancs-hill, east of the Val du Petit Morin. The Petit Morin river that forms the Val du Petit Morin actually originates in the commune and has its course to the west.
Val-des-Marais is the southernmost commune counted as part of the Côte des Blancs area.
In 1977, four communes were merged to form Val-des-Marais: Aulnay-aux-Planches, Aulnizeux, Coligny, and Morains. Of these four, only Coligny had Champagne vineyards, and therefore Coligny or Val-des-Marais Coligny is still seen as the village name in connection with Champagne.
The forested hill Mont Aimé is located on the border between Val-des-Marais and Bergères-lès-Vertus, i.e., in the northeastern part of the commune. In the Medieval age there was a fortified castle on this hill.
The Val-des-Marais commune covers 3985 hectares and has 570 inhabitants (as of 2012).
The vineyards in Val-des-Marais are located in the northeastern part of the commune, on the southern side of the Mont Aimé hill. (On the eastern side of the hill, there are vineyards located in the Bergères-lès-Vertus commune.) The vineyards exclusively contain Chardonnay plantations.
The current vineyard surface in the Val-des-Marais commune is 29.7 hectares (73.4 acres). There are 29.7 ha Chardonnay (100%) and no Pinot. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 30 ha. There are 17 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Formerly a premier cru for Chardonnay only
On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru and 90-99% = premier cru, a smaller number of villages had different numbers for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). Val-des-Marais (and before that Coligny) was one of them, with 90% for white grapes, i.e. premier cru, and 87% for black grapes, i.e., “autre cru”. Following the formal abolishment of the échelle des crus in 2010, the villages that achieved grand cru or premier cru status has kept this status. However, no difference is longer made between different grape varieties, so the highest status has been kept. This means that Val-des-Marais nowadays is a premier cru village with no restrictions as to grape varieties.
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.
- Lucien Gibart (RC)
Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Wikipedia about Mont Aimé in French.
- The Val-des-Marais commune has no website.
- UMC’s new village profile of Val-des-Marais.
- UMC’s old village profile of Val-des-Marais (dead link)
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2016-01-04