Champagne village profile: Baulne-en-Brie on the left bank of the Marne valley

Diagram Balune-en-Brie 201603Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 101.0 hectares (249.6 acres), of which 79% Pinot Meunier, 11% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)
Other information: from 2016 a part of the Vallées-en-Champagne commune.

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. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Aisne (where Baulne-en-Brie is located) and Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

Northnortheast: La Chapelle-Monthodon
Eastsoutheast: Le Breuil
Northwest: Celles-lès-Condé (part of the Terroir de Condé area)
Northnorthwest: Saint-Agnan (part of the Terroir de Condé area)
Comment 1: some of the villages to the west and south on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any profiles.
Comment 2: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

The church in Baulne-en-Brie, Église Saint-Barthélemy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2006).

The village

Baulne-en-Brie is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at Le Surmelin, a river which flows through the southern part of the Terroir de Condé area, and then empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins. The valley formed by Le Surmelin is called Vallée du Surmelin, and in Champagne terms it consists of the southern part of the two areas Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche and Terroir de Condé.

Baulne-en-Brie covers 1889 hectares and has 259 inhabitants (as of 2013).

Other than Baulne-en-Brie itself, the hamlets Montchevret (which is located near the vineyards), Grande Fontaine, and Romandie are located in the commune.

Baulne-en-Brie is located in the Aisne department, unlike the main part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche, which is in Marne.

The town hall (mairie) in Baulne-en-Brie, now the town hall of Vallées-en-Champagne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Vallées-en-Champagne

Since 1 January 2016, Baulne-en-Brie is a so-called commune déléguée within the merged commune Vallées-en-Champagne, which is of the type commune nouvelle. This is a rather new type of merged commune which means that some functions are kept within the communes déléguées, rather than the former communes completely disappearing in the merged commune. The new commune was formed by Baulne-en-Brie, La Chapelle-Monthodon, and Saint-Agnan, and it resulted in 4124 hectares and 557 inhabitants (as of 2013 in the former communes). The town hall of the new commune is located in Baulne-en-Brie.

Le Surmelin in Baulne-en-Brie. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Baulne-en-Brie are located to the north and northwest of the village, on the right bank of Le Surmelin. These vineyards are mostly located on southwest-facing slopes and are continuous with the vineyards in Le Breuil to the east. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Baulne-en-Brie commune is 101.0 hectares (249.6 acres). There are 80.0 ha Pinot Meunier (79.2%), 11.2 ha Pinot Noir (11.1%), and 9.8 ha Chardonnay (9.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 88 ha. There are 15 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

A Champagne house that has vineyards in Baulne-en-Brie (near Montchevret) is Pol Roger.

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any Champagne producers with seat in Baulne-en-Brie.

Video clips

Videos presenting Baulne-en-Brie itself and the surrounding hamlets, where also some vineyard can be glimpsed.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2017-01-21

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