Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Bar-sur-Aubois
Vineyards and grape varieties: 101.1 hectares (249.8 acres), of which 77% Pinot Pinot, 13% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and 0.1% others.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
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Rouvres-les-Vignes is located on the right bank of the Aube river. The village is situated about 4.5 km from the river.
The Rouvres-les-Vignes commune covers 828 hectares and has 108 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Bougelains and Bougelaines.
The vineyards in Rouvres-les-Vignes are gathered in the northern part of the commune, close to the village. A large part of the vineyards are located on mild south- and southeast-facing slopes. Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.
The current vineyard surface in the Rouvres-les-Vignes commune is 101.1 hectares (249.8 acres). There are 77.6 ha Pinot Pinot (76.8%), 13.1 ha Pinot Meunier (13.0%), 10.3 ha Chardonnay (10.2%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 90 ha. There are 34 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites in Rouvres-les-Vignes include the following, among others:
- Val Cornet, a mild sotheast-facing slope to the northeast of the village, located next to the D47 road, that stretches all the way to the commune border to Saulcy. Nathalie Falmet produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from this vineyard.
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.
- Marillier Claude (NM).
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.
- Claude Bernard (RM, Facebook page), has 4.5 ha of vineyards with 74% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 11% Pinot Meunier.
- Jean-Guy Chrétien (RC, Facebook page, blog), has 4.8 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Bruno Dosne
- Falmet (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne released under the names Marion and Orianna. The company name is Théret Patricia – Falmet Marcel.
- Joël Falmet (RM), has vineyards with 67% Pinot Noir, 17% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 1% Petit Meslier. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Michel Falmet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 3.4 ha of vineyards, of which 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Meunier. The annual production is about 25 000 bottles after 30% of the harvest is sold to major Champagne houses (including Veuve Clicquot and Drappier). The vintage Champagne is composed of 67% Pinot Noir and 33% Chardonnay (refers to the 2010 vintage). Also sells Champagne under the brand Falmet-Collot, including the vintage Champagne (the 2006 vintage is composed of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay).
- Nathalie Falmet (Facebook-sida), has 3.5 ha of vineyards and is a member of the small grower group Origines Champagne. Started to sell Champagnes under the own name is 2009. Terra is vinified in an amphora. The first top Champagne is the vineyard-designated Le Val Cornet, which is a blend of Pinot Noir (about 80%) and Pinot Meunier (about 20%), and is partly oak barrel-vinified. In 2015, Parcelle ZH302 was added, an oak barrel-vinified 100% Pinot Meunier from a plot within Le Val Cornet. The name is taken from the designation of the parcel on the cadastre map. Later, Parcelle ZH303 and Parcelle ZH318 have also been added to the range.
- Philippe Legout (RM), has 7.2 ha of vineyards, of which 5.5 ha Pinot Noir, 1.3 ha Chardonnay, and 0.4 ha Pinot Meunier. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Claude Perrard (RC, Facebook page), has 5 ha of vineyards.
- Jean-Guy Viot (Facebook page)
Comment: the list may be incomplete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Website of the Rouvres-les-Vignes commune.
- UMC’s village profile of Rouvres-les-Vignes.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-03-22