Champagne village profile: Étréchy, a premier cru in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Étréchy 201510Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 9.6 hectares, 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.

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.


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

Northwest: Givry-lès-Loisy
North: Soulières
Eastnortheast: Vertus, premier cru (part of the Côte des Blancs)
Eastsoutheast: Bergères-lès-Vertus, premier cru (part of theCôte des Blancs)
South: Val-des-Marais, premier cru (part of theCôte des Blancs)
Southwest: Vert-Toulon
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Étréchy is located on the back side of the southern part of the Côte des Blancs hill, where it is lower and flatter, and is also located south of a small forest area. The commune consists of an open agricultural landscape that is dominated by other crops than vines.

The Étréchy commune covers 664 hectares and has 125 inhabitants (as of 2012) referred to as Arlequins and sometimes Étréchiats and Étréchiates.

The church in Étréchy, Église Saint Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Methos31, 2009).

Vineyards

I have not been able to figure out where in the commune the vineyards of Étréchy are located.

The current vineyard surface in the Étréchy commune is 9.6 hectares (23.7 acres). There are 9.6 ha Chardonnay (100%) and no Pinot. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 9 ha. There are 9 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). Étréchy 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 Étréchy nowadays is a premier cru village with no restrictions as to grape varieties. On the other hand, according to current statistics, only Chardonnay is found in Étréchy’s vineyards, so the status of Étréchy Pinot is a moot point.

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any Champagne producers which have their seat in Étréchy.

Links

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

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