Champagne village profile: Noé-les-Mallets in the Barséquanais

Diagram Noé-les-Mallets 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 192.0 hectares (474.4 acres), of which 89% Pinot Noir, 9.4% Chardonnay, 0.3% Pinot Meunier, and 1.5% others, including Pinot Blanc.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
The village was previously written: Noë-les-Mallets

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.

Neighbouring villages

North: Vitry-le-Croisé
East: Saint-Usage
Southeast: Fontette
South: Essoyes
Southwest: Loches-sur-Ource
West: Chacenay
Northnorthwest: Éguilly-sous-Bois

The village

Noé-les-Mallets is located in the southeastern part of the Aube department, at the stream Ru de Noé which empties into Ource in the neighbouring commune Loches-sur-Ource. Noé-les-Mallets can therefore be counted as part of the Ource Valley, la Vallée de la Ource.

The Noé-les-Mallets commune covers 833 hectares and has 112 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Caquots and Caquottes.

Noé-les-Mallets used to be written Noë-les-Mallets, with ë rather than é. The official change from tréma to accent aigu took place 22 March 2011, following an application of the commune on 7 July 2009.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Noé-les-Mallets are spread out over the commune, on several hills and low ridges. The slopes of the vineyards vary, and Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Noé-les-Mallets commune is 192.0 hectares (474.4 acres). There are 170.5 ha Pinot Noir (88.8%), 18.0 ha Chardonnay (9.4%), 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (0.3%), and 2.9 ha others (1.5%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 159 ha. There are 40 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Noé-les-Mallets include the following, among other:

  • Champ Rayé is a west- to southwest-facing site northwest of the village. To the west, across a strip of flatter and vineyard-free land, it borders to Chante Merle. The name, “the striped field”, apparently derives from the two types of differently coloured marl soils found here. Piollot Père & Fils in Polisot has Chardonnay in this site, used to produce their Champs Rayé, together with grapes from Derrière le Bois (de Réserve?).
  • Chante Merle is an east-facing site northwest of the village. To the east, across a strip of flatter and vineyard-free land, it borders to Champ Rayé. Veuve Dousset’s two still wines has the name of this vineyard site on the label.
  • Derrière le Bois de Réserve is a south-facing vineyard site northeast of the village. Piollot Père & Fils in Polisot has Chardonnay here, see Champ Rayé above.

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.

  • Veuve Doussot (NM). Ernestine is a vintage cuvée composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. The top cuvée Memory is a vintage Champagne composed of a majority of Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir. L by VD is a non-vintage blanc de noirs (100% Pinot Noir) shipped as Brut Nature in a bottle with a metal label. The range also includes two still wines (Coteaux Champenois), a white and a red. Both mentions “Chante Merle” on the label, which is the name of a single vineyard site in Noé-les-Mallets, but the producer doesn’t mention anything about the origin on their website. See also the two video clips below. The company name is Chatet. Produces also Champagne using the brand:
    • Joly de Trébuis

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.

  • Louise Brison (RM), has 13 ha of vineyards. Uses oak barrel vinification for Chardonnay (entirely) and in the vintage Champagnes also for Pinot Noir. The regular vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Tendresse is a vintage blanc de blancs (100% Chardonnay). Older vintages are sold under the name Légende. The company name is Brulez.
  • Cordeuil (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards in Noé-les-Mallets, Fontette, and Ville-sur-Arce with 6.5 ha Pinot Noir, 2.25 ha Chardonnay, and 0.25 ha Pinot Blanc. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Drouilly LV (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards and a good quality reputation. The Champagnes are formally non-vintage but usually originates from a single vintage.
  • Foissy-Joly (RM), has 7.5 ha of vineyards in Noé-les-Mallets and Essoyes. Cuvée Prestige is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 2011 vintage). Coup de Coeur is a non-vintage cuvée composed of 60% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir.
  • Petit-Camusat (RM), who only produces a single Champagne, Blanc de Blancs, which is a non-vintage 100% Pinot Blanc from old vines in Celles-sur-Ource and Essoyes. Many other varietal Pinot Blanc Champagnes are produced in the Côte des Bar, but as far as I know Petit-Camus is the only Champagne producer in the entire region who doesn’t include any of the three common grape variety in their Champagne(s)!
  • Claude Thévenin et Fils (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

A cadole, a “stone hut” in Noé-les-Mallets. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2011).

Video clips

A video with a news feature from the 2013 harvest at Veuve Doussot and tourist visits in connection with this. French audio, no subtitles.

A news feature about trials at Veuve Doussot using small electric cars for tours of the vineyards in 2012. Some of the vineyards are also seen from the middle of the video clip. French audio (partly with a pronounced Flemish accent), no audio.

Links

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

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