Champagne village profile: Étoges in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Étoges 201601Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties:
 91.5 hectares (226.1 acres), of which 45% Pinot Meunier, 39% Chardonnay, 16% Pinot Noir, and 0.4% other.
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 wetlands.


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

East: Beaunay
East: Loisy-en-Brie (borders the northern part of Étoges but is mostly located beyond Beaunay)
Southeast: Vert-Toulon
Southwest: Fèrebrianges
Southwest: Congy (borders the northwestern part of Étoges but is mostly located beyond Fèrebrianges)
Comment: some of the communes to the north and west are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Étoges surrounded by vineyards. Picture linked from France in Photos (photo Olivier Ffrench, 2007).

The village

Étoges 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 Étoges commune covers 1457 hectares and has 448 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Etogiens and Etogiennes.

Château d’Étoges is located in Étoges, and is used as a hotel with restaurant and spa.

Château d’Étoges. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo EH d’Etoges, 2004).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Étoges are located around the village and consist mostly of mild southeast-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety, but Chardonnay is not far behind.

The current vineyard surface in the Étoges commune is 91.5 hectares (226.1 acres). There are 40.8 ha Pinot Meunier (44.6%), 36.0 ha Chardonnay (39.3%), 14.3 ha Pinot Noir (15.6%), and 0.4 ha others (0.4%). Current numbers from CIVC (2018), referring to the situation a few years ago. The trend is that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir increases, while Pinot Meunier decreases. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 88 ha. There are 123 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Château d’Étoges as seen from the park side. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo EH d’Etoges, 2012).

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.

  • Alain Bergère (NM), which is partly located in Étoges (where the cellar is) and partly in Mont-Saint-Père. Has vineyards in Étoges and in the area of Château-Thierry in the western part of the Vallée de la Marne. The traditional vintage Champagne, Millésime, is composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage). The range has been expanded with an organic vintage Champagne, Millésime Bio, using 100% Pinot Meunier from a vineyard in Chartèves. The first vintage was 2014, launched in 2018. Alain Bergère also has the rare grape variety Petit Meslier in their vineyards, but so far doesn’t seem to have released any Champagne that uses this variety. Not to be confused with A. Bergère in Épernay.
  • Ruffin & Fils (NM, Facebook page), has 11 ha of their own vineyards supplying 40% of the house’s grape need. Cuvée Nobilis is a vintage Champagne, a 100% Chardonnay from Cramant (refers to the 2006 and 2007 vintages). L’Ame de Jean is an oaked non-vintage Champagne composed of 43% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 22% Pinot Meunier.
  • Verrier & Fils (NMhar 5 ha vingårdar varav 3 ha i Étoges, knappt 1 ha i Fèrebrianges, 1 ha i Baunay och 0,05 ha i Épernay med 57% Pinot Meunier, 34% Chardonnay och 9% Pinot Noir. Årsproduktionen under eget namn är 30 000 flaskor och en del av druvorna säljs till andra. Årgångschampagnen heter Cuvée Raymond Verrier, består av 90% Chardonnay och 10% Pinot Noir (avser årgång 2002) och är delvis ekfatsjäst. Cuvée Ismérie är en delvis ekfatsjäst blanc de blancs.
  • Verrier & Fils (NM, Facebook-sida), has 5 ha of vineyards, of which 3 ha in Étoges, just under 1 ha in Fèrebrianges, 1 ha in Beaunay, and 0.05 ha in Épernay with 57% Pinot Meunier, 34% Chardonnay, and 9% Pinot Noir. The annual production under their own name is 30 000 bottles and part of the grapes are sold to others. The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Raymond Verrier, is composed of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2002 vintage) and is partially oaked. Cuvée Ismérie is a partially oaked blanc de blancs.

The town hall (mairie) of Étoges. Also visible in the picture is the village monument commemorating those fallen in World War I. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

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.

  • Borel-Lucas (RM), which has vineyards in Étoges, Cramant, and Courtemont-Varennes. Cramant grapes are used for Cuvée Sélection and the vintage Champagne Cuvée Soleil d’Or, both blanc de blancs.
  • Bression-Salmon (RM)
  • Bression Sébastien (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 3.6 ha of vineyards in the Val du Petit Morin and Dizy. Uses vinification in oak barrels of 300 liters for some cuvées, e.g. Cuvée des Anges which is a non-vintage blanc de blancs. The range also includes a vintage Champagne which likewise is a blanc de blancs.
  • Pierre Buffry (RM) with the company name Buffry-Coyard.
  • Grongnet (RM), a Special Club producer with 18 ha of vineyards with 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. The annual prouction is 70 000 bottles (which most likely means that some of the grapes are sold off). The composition of their Special Club varies but is usually about half Chardonnay and the rest either Pinot Noir or a blend of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The wine is usually fully or partly vinified in large oak barrels. Vintages and their composition: 1996: 33% Ch, 45% PN, 22% PM, 1999: 45% Ch, 55% PN, 2000: 60% Ch, 30% PN, 10% PM, 2004: 50% Ch, 30% PN, 20% PM, 2008: 43% Ch and 57% PN, 2009: 48% Ch, 34% PN, 18% PM, 2010: 34% Ch, 35% PN, 31% PM (most recent release as of 2018). Vintages in the pipeline include 2014.
  • Guenel-Buffry (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne called Fa&Mi and which is a 100% Chardonnay.
  • Gérard Neuville (RC) with 5.5 ha of vineyards in three villages, in the Côte des Blancs and Sézannais, with 70% Chardonnay. The top Champagne is called Grande Réserve, and is a vintage Champagne in some releases. Also has an office in Paris.
  • Francis Thomas (RM, Facebook page). The vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Fleurie and is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier. Cuvée Saint Antoine is their traditional top cuvée composed of 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Pinot Noir. For the 60th jubilée of the house’s own Champagnes (1953-2013), a cuvée called 60 was produced, composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir using the 2009 vintage as base.

Comment: The list may be incomplete.

The church of Étoges, Église Saint-Sulpice-Saint-Antoine. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016-2018, last update 2018-11-12

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