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

Diagram Ville-sur-Arce 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 223.4 hectares (552.0 acres), of which 90% Pinot Noir, 7% Chardonnay, 2.2% Pinot Meunier, and 1.1% others.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)


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

Northnortheast: Buxières-sur-Arce
Eastnortheast: Chervey
Eastsoutheast: Viviers-sur-Artaut
Southeast: Landreville
Southsouthwest: Celles-sur-Ource
Westsouthwest: Merrey-sur-Arce
Northwest: Bar-sur-Seine

The village

Ville-sur-Arce is located at the Arce river, on its left bank. The area along Arce is called the Arce valley, la Vallée de l’Arce.

The Ville-sur-Arce commune covers 1616 hectares and has 234 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Villesurarçois and Villesurarçoises.

The church in Ville-sur-Arce, Église Saint-Aubin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérard Janot, 2011).


The vineyards in Ville-sur-Arce are located in different parts of the commune and are made up of slopes of varying directions. Pinot Noir dominares greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Ville-sur-Arce commune is 223.4 hectares (552.0 acres). There are 200.5 ha Pinot Noir (89.7%), 15.6 ha Chardonnay (7.0%), 4.9 ha Pinot Meunier (2.2%), and 2.4 ha others (1.1%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 208 ha. There are 59 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • La Chevêtrée, a north-facing site with a mild slope in the southeastern part of the commune, on the border to Landreville. The vineyard site continues over the communal border, i.e., the same lieu-dit name is used on the other side in Landreville.
  • Les Clos Bidaut, a southeast-facing site a short distance southwest of the village, above the D4 road. Despite the clos name, this site doesn’t have a vineyard wall.
  • Les Clos de la Côte, a westnorthwest-facing site directly to the eastsoutheast of the village. Despite the clos name, this site doesn’t have a vineyard wall. Val Frison uses Pinot Noir from this site in their Goustan.
  • Les Côtannes, a site southeast of the village, rather close to the border to  Landreville. Val Frison uses Chardonnay from this site for their Lalore.
  • Largillier, a southwest- to southeast-facing site with a mild slope a short distance southeast of the village. The soil is Kimmeridge clay, i.e., clay with some limestone. The entire site is owned by Coessens and is only planted to Pinot Noir.

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.

  • D. Massin (NM), also Dominique Massin, a member of Terra Vitis with 11 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2002 vintage). The top cuvée L’Envie is a vintage Champagne composed of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% oak barrel-vinified Chardonnay (refers to the 2010 vintage).

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.

  • Régis Barbe (RM)
  • Coessens (RM), a member of Les Mains du Terroir de Champagne whose vineyard holding is made up of a single vineyard site owned only by them, Largillier, and where they only cultivate Pinot Noir. They produce five different Champagnes using 100% Pinot Noir from, including a vintage Champagne and the oak barrel-vinified Les Sens Boisés.
  • Val Frison (RM), formerly Demarne-Frison and TH&V Demarne-Frison, an organic producer that has received positive attention and is run by Valérie Frison. The vineyard holdings is made up of 6 ha, of which 93% Pinot Noir and 7% Chardonnay. All Champagnes are vinified in old oak barrels and are sold as Brut Nature, without dosage. Goustan is a 100% Pinot Noir (however, the 2007 was 50% PN and 50% Chardonnay) from e.g. the site Les Clos de la Côte (other sites have been included since 2010). Lalore is a 100% Chardonnay from the site Les Côtannes. Elion is a rosé de maceration from 100% Pinot Noir.
    The producer was formerly run together by the couple Thierry de Marne and Valérie Frison, who originally sold their grapes. Conversion to organic cultivation was initiated in 2003, certification was received in 2007, and then they started to produce their own Champagnes. At the first own vintage, 2007, there was 1 ha available for the own production, which in that vintage was done with assistance from Vouette et Sorbée. In 2008, there was no room there, so they produced no Champagnes of their own, but in 2009 their own facility was in place. At the launching of the first own Champagnes in 2010, the Champagne bureaucracy decided that the name “de Marne” could not be used. The reason is that it literally means “of Marne” (the department where all grand cru and premier cru villages are located) and in this case, the Champagnes are from the Aube department. Instead, the name became Demarne-Frison. In 2012, a contract with Duval-Leroy (a major Champagne house in Vertus) covering 2.5 ha of vineyards ended, so from this year there were 3.5 ha for their own Champagnes. Since de Marne and Frison separated in 2013, Valérie runs this producer under the name Val Frison.
  • Dany Fèvre (RM, Facebook page), has just under 8 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Rémy Massin et Fils (RM), a Special Club producer with 22 ha of vineyards in Ville-sur-Arce and Landreville, with 75% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Blanc. The regular vintage Champagne is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage). Cuvée Louis Aristide is a 100% Pinot Noir which is a blend of several vintages (currently 14, information from 2016) and shows the corresponding notes of maturity. Their Special Club has been 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir in the vintages 2009 and 2010, but is 100% Pinot Noir from the 2011 vintage. Became a member of Club Trésors de Champagne, the organisation behind Special Club, in 2009, and the premier vintage 2009 was released in late 2013. Other vintages produced include 2010, 2011, and 2012. A presentation video (only music, no speak) with e.g. nice vineyard imagery:

  • Thierry Massin (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 10 ha of vineyards with 85% Pinot Noir and 15% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay (refers to the 2005 vintage).
  • Claude Penot (RM)
  • Daniel Pétré & Fils (RC)
  • Christian Pillot (RM)
  • Philippe Thévenin (RM), has 6 ha of vineyards, of which 4.7 ha Pinot Noir, 1 ha Chardonnay, and 0.3 ha Pinot Meunier.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.


When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Champagne Chassenay d’Arce, a cooperative founded in 1956 which has 130 members with 325 ha of vineyards with 90% Pinot Noir, 9% Chardonnay, and 2 ha Pinot Blanc. The Chassenay part originates from an older spelling of Château de Chacenay in the neighbouring village Chacenay. The main brand for the own Champagnes is the name of the cooperative, Chassenay d’Arce. The range includes five vintage Champagnes: Millésime with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 2006 vintage), a vintage Blanc de Blancs from 100% Chardonnay, Grande Cuvée, which is a vintage Champagne from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage), Pinot Blanc which is a vintage Champagne from old vine Pinot Blanc and Confidences Rosé, which is a vintage rosé composed of 85% Pinot Noir, 11% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Blanc (refers to the 2009 vintage). The white Confidences is a non-vintage Champagne produced from 100% old vine Pinot Noir. Also sells Champagnes under/for the brands:
    • De Montpervier, a marque d’acheteur (MA) formerly produced by the cooperative CRVC in Reims.
    • Lelieur, including vintage Champagnes.


© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-08-05

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