Champagne village profile: Polisot in the Barséquanais

Diagram Polisot 201606Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 71.8 hectares (177.4 acres), of which 88.7% Pinot Noir, 8.9% Chardonnay, 1.7% Pinot Meunier, and 0.7% others.
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: Bar-sur-Seine
Northeast: Merrey-sur-Arce (via en smal remsa av Bar-sur-Seine)
East: Celles-sur-Ource
South: Polisy

The village

Polisot is located in the southern part of the Aube departement, at the Seine river. The area along the Seine is sometimes called the Seine valley, Vallée de la Seine.

The Polisot commune has a surface of 1052 hectares and has 331 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Polisotins and Polisotines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Polisot are gathered on the western bank of Seine, north, west, and south of the village itself. The vineyards are continuous with those in Polisy and are dominated by Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Polisot commune is 71.8 hectares (177.4 acres). There are 63.7 ha Pinot Noir (88.7%), 6.4 ha Chardonnay (8.9%), 1.2 ha Pinot Meunier (1.7%), and 0.5 ha others (0.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 64 ha. There are 44 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Come des Tallants is a site northwest of the village itself, with a mild south-facing slopes just south of a forest. This site is a neighbour of Les Gravelées and it is the westernmost of the two. Piollot Père & Fils produces a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Les Gravelées is a site northwest of the village itself, with a mild south-facing slope just south of a forest. This site is a neighbour of Come des Tallants and is the easternmost of the two. Piollot Père & Fils produces a vineyard-designated rosé using 100% Pinot Noir from this site.
  • Val Colas Robin is a site westsouthwest of the village itself, with a mild south-facing slope just south of a forest. The neighbouring site to the east is called Côte du Val Colas Robin. Piollot Père & Fils produces a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Blanc from this site.

Champagne producers

Champagne house/négociant

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.

  • Raymond Henriot (RM)

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.

  • Gilbert Henriot (RM)
  • Serge Henriot (RM)
  • Jean-Marie Lafille (RM), member of Terra Vitis with 3.5 ha of vineyards.
  • Daniel Leclerc & Fils (RM), has 7.5 ha of vineyards.
  • Marie-Courtin (RM), one of the new generation of small producers with an excellent reputation. Run by Dominique Moreau (whose grandmother was called Marie Courtin) and has 2.5 ha of vineyards in Polisot, all in one plot, with biodynamical certification. The own Champagnes have been produced since 2006. Résonance is a 100% Pinot Noir vinified in steel tanks. Efflorescence is a Pinot Noir vinified in oak barrels. Eloquence is a 100% Chardonnay vinified in oak barrels. Indulgence is a maceration rosé using Pinot Noir, vinified in steel tanks. Concordance is a Pinot Noir (vinified in steel tanks) without sulfur added, i.e., it is a “natural wine”. All Champagnes are formally non-vintage, but the two last digits in the vintage are part of the code etched into the glass of the bottle.
  • Marin-Lasnier (RM), has 5.3 ha of vineyards in five villages. Pur Blanc is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Blanc, and the producer opines that Pinot Blanc dominates its aromas.
  • Moyat-Jaury Guilbaud (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Nevoriaz (RM)
  • Piollot Père & Fils (RM), has 8.5 ha of vineyards with 62% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, 11% Pinot Blanc, 6% Pinot Meunier, and 1% Arbanne. The producer uses oak barrel vinification and started conversion to organic agriculture in 2009. Producer a series of vineyard-designaed Champagnes: Colas Robin is a 100% Pinot Blanc from the site Val Colas Robin (Polisot), Champs Rayé is a 100% Chardonnay from the sites Champs Rayés and Derrière le Bois in Noé-les-Mallets, Come des Tallants is a 100% Pinot Noir from the site with this name (in Polisot), and Les Gravelées is a rosé composed of 100% Pinot Noir from the site with this name (in Polisot).

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Postcard from the early 20th century with a view from Polisot and its railway station. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-07-13

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