Champagne village profile: Villevenard in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Villevenard 201601Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 122.9 hectares (303.7 acres), of which 53% Pinot Meunier, 37% Chardonnay, and 10% 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 all the villages in the Val du Petit Morin highlighted. Étoges, the single premier cru village of the area, is in yellow and other villages, including Villevenard, in orange.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

Northnortheast: Congy
East: Courjeonnet
East: Coizard-Joches (mostly beyond Courjeonnet)
Southsouthwest: Oyes
West: Talus-Saint-Prix
Northwest: Baye
Comment: some of the communes on the southwestern part of the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The church in Villevenard, Église Saint-Alpin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Francois C, 2008).

The village

Villevenard is located at Le Petit Morin, the river that has lended its name to the area.

The Villevenard commune covers 1328 hectares and has 207 inhabitants (as of 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Villevenard are located mostly east/northeast of the village, but also to the west of the village. They consist of mild slopes of different directions, including south-facing slopes. The vineyards on the eastern side are continuous with those in Courjeonnet. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety. The soils in Villevenard contain a high proportion of clay.

The current vineyard surface in the Villevenard commune is 122.9 hectares (303.7 acres). There are 65.0 ha Pinot Meunier (52.9%), 45.6 ha Chardonnay (37.1%), and 12.3 ha Pinot Noir (10.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 120 ha. There are 61 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Krug uses about 15%-25% Pinot Meunier in their non-vintage/multivintage Grande Cuvée, in Krug Rosé, as well as in Krug Vintage. This house often sources some of its Pinot Meunier from Sainte-Gemme, often together with Sainte-Gemme in the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite, and sometimes from some other villages such as Courmas in the Vesle et Ardre and Leuvrigny on the left bank of Marne.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Villevenard includes the following, among others:

  • Les Bacons, a site northeast of the village with a very mild west-facing slope. The soils are chalky clays with some black flint on a subsoil of chalk. Cuvée 3 Symboles from Hubert Noiret is a 100% Chardonnay from this site.
  • Les Clos, a site northeast of the village with a rather mild south-facing slope. Neither this site nor any of the other Clos sites in Villevenard has a vineyard wall.
  • Les Clos Prieur, a site northeast of the village with a mild south-facing slope.
  • Le Haut des Clos Prieur, a site northeast of the village, and north and northeast of Les Clos Prieur, with a mild south-facing slope.
  • Le Haut de la Fontaine, a rather flat site northeast of the village, just east of Le Haut des Clos Prieur. Nominé-Renard’s Blanc de Noirs is a 100% Pinot Noir from this site.

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.

  • Roger Barnier (RM), has about 8 ha of vineyards. The range includes three vintage Champagne: Cuvée Blanche is composed of 100% Chardonnay, Les Nuits Blanches is composed of 100% Chardonnay and only exists in magnum, and Cuvée Exquise is composed of 70% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2006 vintage).
  • David-Barnier (RC)
  • Dubois-Drouilly (RC), has 3 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne named Prestige.
  • Jean-Pierre Hubert (RC)
  • André Michel (RM)
  • Thomas Michel (RM)
  • Vincent Michel (RM)
  • Lysiane Moncourant (RC)
  • Niclet-Truffaut (RC)
  • Hubert Noiret (RC, Facebook page). The vintage Champagne Cuvée Mil’Or is composed of 85% Chardonnay from the Côte des Blancs and 15% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage). Cuvée 3 Symboles is a 100% Chardonnay from the single vineyard site Les Bacons, and vines planted 1969-1984.
  • Nominé-Renard (RM), a Special Club producer with 20 ha of vineyards in Villevenard, Allemant, Broyes, Étoges, Charly, and Passy-Grigny with 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir. The annual production is 120 000 flaskor. Blanc de Noirs is a non-vintage 100% Pinot Noir from the vineyard site Les Hauts de la Fontaine. Their Special Club is composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage). Vintages released include 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010. Below a presentation video about the producer (in French without subtitles):

  • Piètrement-Renard (RM, Facebook page), the vintage Champagne of which is called  Vieilles Vignes and is composed of one-third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Renard-Barnier (RM), has vineyards in Villevenard, Arconville, Broyes, and Vertus. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Jacky Rihn (RM)
  • Jean-Pierre Thomas (RM)

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

Cooperatives

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Vinicole de Villevenard is a cooperative in Villevenard.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016-2017, last updated 2017-07-22

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