Champagne village profile: Channes in the Barséquanais, the southernmost of all Champagne villages

Key facts

Diagram Channes 201509Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 69.7 hectares (172.2 acres), of which 97% Pinot Noir and 3% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)
Noted for: being the southernmost of all villages within the Champagne appellation.

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 is the departmental border between Aube (where Channes is located), Côte-d’Or (where Vertault is located), and Yonne (where Arthonnay is located).

Google Maps view with the villages in the Barséquanais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile (if it exists).

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

North: Bragelogne-Beauvoir

The village

Channes is located in the southern part of the Aube departement on the border to the Côte-d’Or and Yonne departments. This means that Chennes is located at the border of the Champagne and Burgundy wine regions, and is the southernmost villages in the Champagne appellation.

The Channes commune has a surface of 1426 hectares and has 116 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Channois and Channoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards are located in the northwestern part of the commune. They consist of rather mild south-facing slopes are completely dominated by Pinot Noir.

The southernmost vineyard of the Champagne wine region is located in Channes at 47° 56′ 43” N. The northernmost is located in Cormicy in the Massif de Saint-Thierry at 49° 22′ 08” N.

The current vineyard surface in the Channes commune is 69.7 hectares (172.2 acres). There are 67.5 ha Pinot Noir (96.9%) and 2.2 ha Chardonnay (3.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 69 ha. There are 32 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Christelle Phlipaux (NM) with the company name Christelle Bourdicaud.

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.

  • Brigandat (RM), also Pierre Brigandat & Fils, has vineyards in Les Riceys, Channes, and Buxeuil. Is run by Bertrand Brigandat since 2001, who changed the vineyard work in organic and partly biodynamic direction. The range includes a vintage Champagne produced from Pinot Noir from old vines.
  • Bulidon (RM)
  • Coquard (RM, Facebook page), also Coquard-Despret, has 6 ha of vineyards in Channes (83%) and Bragelogne-Beauvoir (17%), and produces around 38 000 flaskor bottles per year.
  • Michel Guilleminot (RM), has 12 ha of vineyards and only Pinot Noir.
  • Pierre Phlipaux (RM)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

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

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