Champagne village profile: Colombé-le-Sec in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-colombe-le-sec-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 145.8 ha (360.3 acres), of which 70% Pinot Pinot, 17% Chardonnay, 12% Pinot Meunier, and 0.7% 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. The dashed black and red line is the departemental border between Aube (where Colombé-le-Sec is located) and Haute-Marne.


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: Colombé-la-Fosse
Northeast: Saulcy
Southeast: Rouvres-les-Vignes
South: Lignol-le-Château
Southwest: Voigny

En gata i Colombé-le-Sec.

A street in Colombé-le-Sec. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Colombé-le-Sec is located on the right bank of the Aube river, at the stream La Bresse which empties into Aube just downstream of Bar-sur-Aube.

The Colombé-le-Sec commune covers 878 hectares and has 151 inhabitants (as of 2014).

Vineyards

A large proportion of the vineyards in Colombé-le-Sec are located in an east-west strip immediately to the north of the village, and the rest are spread out to the southeast, south, and southwest of the village. The direction of slope varies, but includes a large proportion of south-facing slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Colombé-le-Sec commune is 145.8 hectares (360.3 acres). There are 102.0 ha Pinot Pinot (70.0%), 24.8 ha Chardonnay (17.0%), 18.0 ha Pinot Meunier (12.3%), and 1.0 ha others (0.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 137 ha. There are 44 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

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.

  • Bernard Breuzon (NM), has 13 ha of vineyards.

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.

  • Hubert Boulachin (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Christophe (RM)
  • Cornevin & Fils, has 8.7 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • René Dosne (RM), with the company name Les Fleurottes.
  • Gilbert Jacquinot (RC)
  • Jérôme Jacquinot, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage). Not to be confused with Jacquinot & Fils in Épernay.
  • Monial, has vineyards with 2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay and stores their bottles in a cellar which belonged to a Cistercian monastery. The different cuvées have Latin names.
  • Jean-Guy Renet (RM?), also written J G Renet, is a member of Terra Vitis. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Soret-Devaux (RM), has 7 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage) and an oak barrel-vinified Blanc de Noirs.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Former producers

  • Camille Paradis & Fils, also written C. Paradis & Fils, has merged with Jacky Nicolo to form Nicolo & Paradis which is located in Arsonval.

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.

  • Coopérative de Colombé-le-Sec et environs is a cooperative in Colombé-le-Sec with 59 members with a total of 110 ha of vineyards.
    History
    The cooperative was founded in 1956 by 22 vine growers with 18 ha of vineyards in Colombé-le-Sec, Colombé-la-Fosse, and Saulcy. Members in Rouvres-les-Vignes and Lignol-le-Château were soon added, and the first own Champagnes were sold in 1972. The brand Charles Clément takes its name from one of the founders.

    Their own Champagnes are sold under the brand:

    • Charles Clément, whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2004 vintage).
Kyrkan i Colombé-le-Sec, Église Saint-Martin.

The church in Colombé-le-Sec, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2017, senaste uppdatering 2017-02-27

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