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

Diagram Meurville 201608Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 165.0 hectares (407.7 acres), of which 78% Pinot Noir, 14% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Meunier, and 1% 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 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: Spoy
Northeast: Couvignon
Eastsoutheast: Bergères
South: Bligny
Comment: the remaining links will be added when the profiles of those villages have been posted.

The church in Meurville. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérard Janot, 2009).

The village

Meurville is located at Le Landion, which is the main river in the western part of the Bar-sur-Aube area.

The Meurville commune covers 1635 hectares and has 178 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Meurvillats and Meurvillates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Meurville are located on slopes in different parts of the commune, on both banks of Le Landion. The largest block is found south/southwest of the village, around a hill. West/northwest of the village there is another block. In the southeastern part of the commune (around the buildings of the cooperative) there is a block which is a continuation of the vineyards in Bergères. In the northeastern part of the commune, there is a block which is a continuation of the vineyards in Couvignon. The direction of the slope varies, but Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety by a wide margin.

In Meurville, there is a substantial proportion of Portlandian soils rather than just the Kimmeridgian soils (Kimmeridgian clay) that make about around 95% of the soils in the vineyards in the Côte des Bar. Portlandian soils are considered to be more suitable for Pinot Noir, while Kimmeridgian soils (which also is the soil type in Chablis) is more suited for Chardonnay. Portlandian soils are geologically somewhat younger than Kimmeridgian soils and lacks fossils.

The current vineyard surface in the Meurville commune is 165.0 hectares (407.7 acres). There are 129.3 ha Pinot Noir (78.4%), 23.6 ha Chardonnay (14.3%), 10.4 ha Pinot Meunier (6.3%), and 1.7 ha others (1.0%), which is likely to include Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 151 ha. There are 64 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.

  • Alain Borde (RC)
  • Odile Borde (RC)
  • Jérôme Cothias (RM)
  • Christian Etienne (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with around 12 ha of vineyards around Meurville. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage). The company name is Domaine de l’Espérance.
  • Fabrice Etienne (RM)
  • Frédéric Etienne (RM), uses the style Etienne Frederic on the label. The company name is Etienne Chevry. There are also bottles with the producer code RC, but I think these are older.
  • Laurent Etienne (RM), with the company name Bouchenot.
  • Benoît Gaullet
  • David Leboucher (RM)
  • Rémi Leroy (RM, Facebook page), a member of Des pieds et des vins with 8.5 hectares of vineyards with 72% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and 8% Pinot Meunier. Parts of the harvest is sold and the annual production under their own name is about 10 000 flaskor. Partially uses vinification in oak barrels. The range includes two vintage Champagnes, a Blanc de Noirs which is a varietal Pinot Noir, and a Blanc de Blancs which is a fully oak barrel-vinified Chardonnay (refers to the 2009 vintage). The back label indicates the exact composition (grape varieties, vintages) as well as disgorgement month and level of dosage.
  • Perron-Beauvineau (RC, Facebook page). The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée des 3 Cèdres which is composed of 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir, while Cuvée Abraham Vieilles Vignes is composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir from old vines (refers to the 2004 vintage, which was launched in 2014).
    • Their website includes a page on bibliography of Champagne, which can be recommended for those who are interested in books (mostly in French) with a focus on history and details of this wine region.
  • Yoan Tapprest (RM), has 1.5 ha of vineyards.
  • Vendémiaire An XIII, has 4.3 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier, and 30% Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc. Led since 2006 by Sophie Ducceschi. The name is taken from the Republican calendar, which was reset to zero and changed the name of all months, all in the name of the revolutionary spirit. Vendémiaire is the harvest month and An XIII corresponds to 1804 according to the Gregorian calendar, the year the first members of the family were born in Frankrike, after having immigrated from Hungary.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperative

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.

Gaston Cheq, the way he looked around 1911. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

  • Coopérative Vinicole des Coteaux du Landion is a cooperative in Meurville founded in 1961, which has 80 members with 176 ha of vineyards. Their buildings are located in the southeastern part of the commune, in the direction toward Bergères. The own Champagnes are sold under the brand:
    • Gaston Cheq, which takes its name from the leader of the uprising of the vine growers in Aube in 1911, when they protested against Aube being excluded from the Champagne wine region.

Video clip

A video clip from a paragliding flight over Meurville, with landing taking place just south of the village.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last updated 2016-09-03

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