Champagne village profile: Bergères in the Bar-sur-Aubois

Diagram Bergères 201608Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties:
 95.3 hectares (235.5 acres), of which 84% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay, and 4% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
Not to be confused with: Bergères-lès-Vertus, a premier cru village in the Côte des Blancs, or Bergères-sous-Montmirail, a village in the Val du Petit Morin.

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 Bar-sur-Aubois 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: Couvignon
South: Urville
Westsouthwest: Bligny
Westnorthwest: Meurville

The village

The church in Bergères, Église Saint-Martin, with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérard Janot, 2009).

Bergères is located at the stream La Gironde, which empties into Le Landion in the southern part of the neighbouring commune Meurville.

The Bergères commune covers 581 hectares and has 123 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Bahuts and Bahutes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bergères is mostly located in a large block that stretches from east to west through the commune, and runs into three side valleys along the way. All vineyards are located on slopes, with a large proportion of south-facing slopes, although there are also other directions. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Bergères commune is 95.3 hectares (235.5 acres). There are 79.7 ha Pinot Noir (83.6%), 11.8 ha Chardonnay (12.4%), and 3.8 ha Pinot Meunier (4.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 89 ha. There are 30 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

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.

  • Patrice Bour
  • Coquard-Bour (RM), a member of Terra Vitis which has their vineyards in Spoy. The first own Champagnes were launched in 2010, after the current generation took over in 2007. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 65% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • Poissenot-Berthelot (RM)
  • Claude Prieur (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants and Terra Vitis. The range includes a vintage Champagne. The top Champagne is called P and is a non-vintage blanc de noirs with 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Claude Rigollot & Fils (RC), has just over 6.5 ha of vineyards with mostly Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Rigollot-Mandelli (RC), has 8.5 ha of vineyards in Bergères and Baroville.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The wine growers in Bergères participate in the protests in the departemental capital Troyes in connection with the 1911 Champagne riots, when they protested against the exclusion of Aube from what was to become the Champagne appellation. The leader of the riots, Gaston Cheq, has lended his name to the cooperative in the neighbouring village Meurville. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-08-30

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