Champagne village profile: Mussy-sur-Seine in the Barséquanais

Diagram Mussy-sur-Seine 201606Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 48.6 hectares (120.1 acres), of which 97.3% Pinot Noir and 2.7% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)
Noted for: the cheese Délice de Mussy

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 Mussy-sur-Seine and Les Riceys are located) and Côte-d’Or (where Molesme and Gommeville are 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

West: Les Riceys
West: Gyé-sur-Seine (the main part of which is located beyond Courteron)
North: Plaines-Saint-Lange
Northnortheast: Essoyes

The church in Mussy-sur-Seine, Église Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Mattis, 2007).

The village

Mussy-sur-Seine is one of the southernmost villages in the Aube department, and is situated on the border to the Côte-d’Or department. This is also the border between the two wine regions Champagne and Burgundy. The neighbouring commune to the south, Gomméville in Côte-d’Or is part of the are around Châtillon-sur-Seine called the Châtillonnais, where production of Crémant de Bourgogne dominates.

Mussy-sur-Seine is located at the Seine river, as the name implies, in an area sometimes called the Seine valley, Vallée de la Seine. Mussy-sur-Seine is the village that is located the furthest upstream Seine of all villages in the Champagne appellation. Seine has its source in the aptly named Source-Seine commune in Côte-d’Or, about 30 km northwest of Dijon and 60 km from Mussy-sur-Seine.

The Mussy-sur-Seine commune has a surface of 2807 hectares and has 1058 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Musséens and Musséennes.

The local cheese Délice de Mussy is named for Mussy-sur-Seine. This cheese is similar to Chaource, which can be produced in a large part of the Yonne and Aube departments, including in Mussy-sur-Seine. Since Chaource is a creamy cheese that goes well with Champagne, this is most likely true of Délice de Mussy as well.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Mussy-sur-Seine are located both west and east of the village itself, but rather close to the village proper. They mostly consist of mild south-facing slopes and are completely dominated by Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Mussy-sur-Seine commune is 48.6 hectares (120.1 acres). There are 47.3 ha Pinot Noir (97.3%) and 1.3 ha Chardonnay (2.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 33 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any Champagne producer which has their seat in Mussy-sur-Seine, but interesting enough the village has a producer of wines from the Burgundy wine region.

Other wine producers

  • Emilia (Facebook page) is a producer of Crémant de Bourgogne, which means that their vineyards are in villages to the south rather than in Mussy-sur-Seine.

Older drawing of Mussy-sur-Seine from 1609 with the surrounding vineyards clearly visible. At this time, the village was called Mussy-l’Évêque; the name was changed at the French Revolution, since “Évêque” part means “bishop”, and those weren’t exactly popular with the revolutionary leaders. The drawing has been done by Joachim Duviert (c.1580-1648), who lived in Troyes and made many landscape drawings of the surrounding countryside. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (uploaded by Garitan).

Links

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

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