Champagne village profile: Merrey-sur-Arce in the Barséquanais

Diagram Merrey-sur-Arce 201606Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 131.8 hectares (325.7 acres), of which 82.1% Pinot Noir, 11.3% Chardonnay, 3.6% Pinot Meunier, and 3.0% others.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

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 and west: Bar-sur-Seine
East: Ville-sur-Arce
Southeast: Celles-sur-Ource
South: Polisot (trough a narrow strip in Bar-sur-Seine)

The village

Merrey-sur-Arce is located in the southern part of the Aube department, at the Arce river, near the place where Arce empties into the Seine river. Both Arce and Ource empties into Seine at separate locations on the border between Merrey-sur-Arce and Bar-sur-Aube.

The Merrey-sur-Arce commune has a surface of 839 hectares and has 311 inhabitants (as of 2013) referred to as Mérrotins and Mérrotines.

Ource where this river empties into Seine on the border between Merrey-sur-Arce and Bar-sur-Seine. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Havang(nl), 2009).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Merrey-sur-Arce are located both in the north and the south of the commune, and are dominated by Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Merrey-sur-Arce commune is 131.8 hectares (325.7 acres). There are 108.2 ha Pinot Noir (82.1%), 14.9 ha Chardonnay (11.3%), 4.7 ha Pinot Meunier (3.6%), and 4.0 ha others (3.0%), which is likely to include significant portion of Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 114 ha. There are 40 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Devoix is a site in the northern part of the commune, with mild south- to southwest-facing slopes. Domaine la Borderie i Bar-sur-Seine uses grapes from this site for their Trois Contrés and Pinot Noir from old vines for their vineyard-designated Coteaux Champenois rouge. 
  • Mont Marvin is a site in the southeastern part of the commune. Lacroix-Triaulaire & Fils produces a vineyard-designated 100% Pinot Meunier from this site.
  • Val Soulois is a site in the southeastern part of the commune. Lacroix-Triaulaire & Fils produces their Les Premiers Piquets de Vignes using 100% Pinot Noir from this site.

Champagneproducenter

Major Champagne houses, members of the Union des Maisons de Champagne

  • Vranken Pommery with their main seat in Reims has facilities in Merrey-sur-Arce.

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.

  • Bouvret Olivier et Bertrand (RM, Facebook page), has 3 ha of vineyards.
  • Domaine de Nuisement or DN, has 6 ha of vineyards.
  • Jacob Robert (RM)
  • Jean-Claude Porte
  • Lacroix-Triaulaire & Fils (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha of vineyards. Has 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, 9.5% Chardonnay, and 0.5% Pinot Blanc. L’Interprète is a vintage Champagne composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. Les Premiers Piquets de Vignes is a 100% Pinot Noir from the vineyard site Val Soulois, where the first vines of Lacroix-Triaulaire were planted in 1972. Mont Marvin is a vintage-dated 100% Pinot Meunier from the vineyard site of this name. Champraux is a vintage-dated 100% Pinot Noir from the vineyard site of this name.
  • Nicolas Van Belle

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-08-01

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3 Responses to Champagne village profile: Merrey-sur-Arce in the Barséquanais

    • vintomas says:

      Thanks for that, these maps are definitely useful (especially when some lieux-dits are shown) and the link has now been added to the profile itself! Nowadays, I usually check if a map already exists at weinlagen-info.de when I post a new profile, and I add them to existing posts when I do more extensive updates.

      • Charlie says:

        In this case I added some vineyards after you listed them. Maybe it makes sense you write me a mail when there are new vineyards in your lists. Then I can react. Or you enter them yourself to weinlagen-info.

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