Champagne village profile: Polisy in the Barséquanais

Diagram Polisy 201606Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 159.5 hectares, of which 84% Pinot Noir, 11% Chardonnay, 1.8% Pinot Meunier, and 3.3% others, most of it likely Pinot Blanc.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)
Not to be confused with: the neighbouring village, Polisot.

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.

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: Polisot
Northeast: Celles-sur-Ource
Southeast: Buxeuil
Southsoutheast: Neuville-sur-Seine (a small strip at the Laignes river)
South/southwest: Balnot-sur-Laignes
West: Avirey-Lingey
Comment: the remaining link will be added when the profile of that villages has been posted.

The village

The church in Polisy, Église Saint-Félix. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Havang(nl), 2008).

Polisy is located in the southern part of the Aube departement, at the Laignes river where it empties into the Seine river. The area along the Seine is sometimes called the Seine valley, Vallée de la Seine.

The Polisy commune has a surface of 1135 ha and 174 inhabitants (as of 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Polisy are located both in the eastern part and the western part of the commune. The vineyards in the eastern part of the commune, on the right bank of Seine, are continuous with those in Buxeuil and Celles-sur-Ource. The vineyards in the western part of the commune, on the left bank of Laignes and Seine, are continuous with those in Polisot and Balnot-sur-Laignes. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Polisy commune is 159.5 hectares (394.1 acres). There are 134.3 ha Pinot Noir (84.2%), 17.2 ha Chardonnay (10.8%), 2.8 ha Pinot Meunier (1.8%), and 5.2 ha others (3.3%), most of it probably Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 114 ha. There are 34 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Côte de Béchalin, a site on the right bank of Seine, in the northeastern part of the commune directly at the border to Celles-sur-Ource. Under the name Roses de Jeanne (formerly Inflorescence), Cédric Bouchard in Celles-sur-Ource produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard. It was formerly called La Parcelle.
  • Côte de Val Vilaine, a site with mild east-facing slope on the left bank of Laignes and Seine, just west of the village itself. The site is located immediately south of a small forest. Under the name Roses de Jeanne (formerly Inflorescence), Cédric Bouchard in Celles-sur-Ource produces his entry-level Champagne Côte de Val Vilaine using 100% Pinot Noir from this vineyard.
  • Dame Nesle, a site with mild southeast-facing slope on the left bank of Laignes and Seine, in the southern part of the commune. The site is close to a small forest, is a  neighbour of Vigne Beugneux and is the southernmost of these two sites. Moutard Père & Fils in Buxeuil produces a vineyard-designated rosé Pinot Noir from this site, and François-Brossolette produces a non-vintage Chardonnay called Cuvée Dame Nesle from it.
  • Vigne Beugneux, a site with mild east-facing slope on the left bank of Laignes and Seine, in the southern part of the commune. The site is close to a small forest, is a  neighbour of Dame Nesl and is the northernmost of these two sites. Moutard Père & Fils in Buxeuil produces a vineyard-designated Pinot Noir from this site.

Bridge over Laignes in Polisy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo by Havang(nl), 2009).

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.

  • Corinne Moutard (NM). Cuvée Symphonie is a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. The company name is Dangin Moutard.

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.

  • André Beaufort (RM) is located in Ambonnay but has most of their vineyards in Polisy (5.5 ha out of 7.1 ha). The village of origin is indicated on several of the Champagnes. Has been practicing organic growing since 1971. The vintage Champagne from Polisy is composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. There is also a vintage blanc de blancs (100% Chardonnay) from Polisy.
  • François-Brossolette (RM), has 14 ha of vineyards. Cuvée Dame Nesle is a non-vintage 100% Chardonnay from the single vineyard site Dame Nesle. The vintage Champagne is composed of 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • Aline Juvenelle (RM), has 8.45 ha of vineyards in Polisy, Buxeuil, Neuville-sur-Seine, and  Gyé-sur-Seine. The annual production is about 18 000 bottles, but is increasing. The address is in Polisy but the cellar is in Buxeuil. The regular non-vintage Brut is composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Pinot Blanc. Cuvée Lenoir is a 100% Chardonnay and the range also includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Champagne Joël Martin & Fils (RM?), a member of Terra Vitis that has vineyards with 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. Exception is a vintage Champagne composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Drawing of Polisy from 1699. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

 Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-07-08

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