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

diagram-fontaine-201701Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 49.4 hectares (122.1 acres), of which 78% Pinot Pinot, 14% Pinot Meunier, and 8% Chardonnay.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
Not to be confused with: Fontaine-sur-Aÿ in the Grande Montagne de Reims


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: Bar-sur-Aube
South: Baroville
West: Couvignon

The town hall (mairie) of Fontaine. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Efbé, 2007).

The village

Fontaine is located close to the Aube river, on its left bank, just upstream from Bar-sur-Aube.

The Fontaine commune covers 568 hectares and has 266 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Fontainois and Fontainoises.


The vineyards in Fontaine are divided into two blocks. A smaller block is located directly at the village, to the southwest, and a somewhat larger block is located just south of the village. A large proportion of the vineyards are southeast-facing slopes together with some east-facing slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Fontaine commune is 49.4 hectares (122.1 acres). There are 38.7 ha Pinot Pinot (78.3%), 6.7 ha Pinot Meunier (13.6%), and 4.0 ha Chardonnay (8.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 46 ha. There are 17 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.

  • Gérard Gaupillat (RM), has vineyards with 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.
  • Gérard Leseurre
  • Patrick Richard (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of the three common grape varietes.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The Le Cresson stream at Fontaine. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Efbé, 2007).


© Tomas Eriksson 2017, senaste uppdatering 2017-01-21

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