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

diagram-baroville-201701Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 221.0 ha (546.1 acres), of which 88% Pinot Pinot, 10% Chardonnay, 1.1% Pinot Meunier, and 1.2% 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: Fontaine
South: Arconville
Westsouthwest: Urville
Westnorthwest: Couvignon

Baroville with surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gilles Guillamot, 2012).

The village

Baroville is located at a stream that empties into the Aube river in Bayel, the neighbouring commune.

The Baroville commune covers 1732 hectares and has 327 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Barovillois and Barovilloises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Baroville commune are located around the village and are made up of slopes of varying directions. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Baroville commune is 221.0 hectares (546.1 acres). There are 193.5 ha Pinot Pinot (87.6%), 22.5 ha Chardonnay (10.2%), 2.4 ha Pinot Meunier (1.1%), and 2.6 ha others (1.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 201 ha. There are 59 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Philippe Fourrier (NM), has 18 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Noir, 29% Chardonnay, and 1% Pinot Meunier. The regular vintage Champagne is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. L’Exception is an oak barrel-vinified vintage blanc de blancs. Has produced special editions of their Champagnes for the beauty pageant Miss Prestige National, which are also served at the Lido in Paris.

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. SR = société de récoltants, owned by a number of growers of the same family and sells under its own name.

  • Etienne Fourrier (RM, Facebook page), whose top Champagne is called Cuvée Noire Absolu and is a non-vintage 100% Pinot Noir from old vines. The company name is de l’Abbaye de Morveaux.
  • Marquis de Gouwrol (RM), has about 30 ha of vineyards. The name Gouwrol is a combination of the surnames Gouwry and Rolet, and they started to sell their own Champagnes in the early 1990s.
  • Harvengt-Richard (RC)
  • Lignier-Moreau (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes Prestige, which is oak  barrel-vinified and is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, as well as a vintage Champagne. The company name is Servienne.
  • Jean Mallet (SR), which has 17 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 60 000 bottles. Sells a significant proportion of their grape harvest, and also performs contract wine pressing for other growers and Champagne houses.
  • Marinette Raclot (RM), which has 7.5 ha of vineyards. The vintage Champagne is a partly oaked Chardonnay which has been cellared for about a dozen years before release. Vintages include 2002. The company name is La Chaplière.
  • Urbain Père & Fils (RC), which has 11 ha of vineyards.
  • Vincent B. (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with just over 12 ha of vineyards, of which just under 1/3 Chardonnay. The non-vintage Cuvée Prestige is oaked. The company name is Les Grands Morveaux.
  • Didier Vuille, has 6 ha of vineyards. Cuvée Claudine is a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. Vintages include 2007.
  • Vuille de La Sagne (RM), has 4 ha of vineyards with 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperatives

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.

  •  Coopérative Vinicole de la Région de Baroville is a cooperative in Baroville founded in 1962 which today has 53 members with just over 110 ha vineyards with 92% Pinot Noir and 8% Chardonnay. The members are in Baroville, Arconville, Fontaine, Ailleville, and surrounding communes.
    History
    The cooperative was founded in 1962, then with 63 members that had about 60 ha of vineyards. The first own building with wine presses was erected in 1964. A vinification facility of their own was built in 1991, and in 1997 a cellar for storage and other Champagne production steps was added.

    Their own Champagnes are sold under the name:
    • Barfontac whose range includes several vintage Champagnes: La Vigne au Roy composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, Brut Nature with the same composition but no dosage, and Derrière le Moulin which is a partly oak barrel-vinified blanc de blancs. The range also includes two still wines (Coteaux Champenois), a red Pinot Noir and a white Chardonnay.

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

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-01-21

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