Champagne village profile: Rizaucourt-Buchey in the Bar-sur-Aubois

diagram-rizaucourt-buchey-201702Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 36.5 hectares (90.2 acres), of which 82% Pinot Pinot, 9% Chardonnay, 9% Pinot Meunier, and 0.3% others.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)


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 Haute-Marne (where Rizaucourt-Buchey is located) and Aube.

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

East and south: Colombey-les-Deux-Églises
Southwest: Rouvres-les-Vignes
West: Saulcy

Gata i Rizaucourt-Buchey.

Street in Rizaucourt-Buchey. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).

The village

Rizaucourt-Buchey is located at the stream La Bierne in the western part of the Haute-Marne department, on the border to the Aube departement. Rizaucourt-Buchey is one of two villages within the Champagne appellation located in the Haute-Marne departement, and the second easternmost. The other is Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, the neighbouring village which is the easternmost of all Champagne villages.

The former communes Rizaucourt and Buchey were merged in 1972. Rizaucourt is in the middle of the present-day commune (at the vineyards) and Buchey in the southeastern part.

The Rizaucourt-Buchey commune covers 1507 hectares and has 121 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Rizaucourtois and Rizaucourtoises.


The vineyards in Rizaucourt-Buchey are locate to the west and east of the village, gathered in a strip with some non-vineyard holes. The direction of slope varies. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Rizaucourt-Buchey commune is 36.5 hectares (90.2 acres). There are 30.0 ha Pinot Pinot (82.2%), 3.2 ha Chardonnay (8.8%), 3.2 ha Pinot Meunier (8.8%), and 0.1 ha others (0.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 31 ha. There are 10 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The first plantation rights in Rizaucourt-Buchey (or more precisely in Rizaucourt) were handed out in 1973, at least in the modern era. The same thing goes for the neighbouring commune, Colombey-les-Deux-Églises.

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.

  • Daubanton & Fils (NM, Facebook page), has 4 ha of vineyards in Rizaucourt-Buchey, Argentolles, and Dolancourt with 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Menier, and 20% Chardonnay. Cuvée Victorien is a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Meunier, and 25% Pinot Noir.

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.

  • Nicolas Bass
  • Godin-Schuester (RM), has 3.5 ha of vineyards including a plot of Chardonnay in the grand cru village Chouilly, planted in 1929. Grapes from this plot are used in a vintage blanc de blancs and in some other special cuvées.
  • Hervé Hudelet (RC), has 4.3 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Olivier Parpette

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

  • Cellier de Saint-Vicent in Argentolles (in the neighbouring communeColombey-les-Deux-Églises) presents and sells Champagnes from small growers in Rizaucourt-Buchey and Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, and has a small museum.
Église Sainte-Colombe

One of two churches in Rizaucourt-Buchey, Église Sainte-Colombe. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Peter Potrowl, 2005).


© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-03-05

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