Sézanne, the central town in the Sézannais area of Champagne

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 206.1 hectares (509.3 acres), of which 66% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 85%).

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 Sézannais highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if it exists.

Neighbouring villages

Northeast: Broyes
South: Vindey
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Sézanne as seen from the north, with vineyards in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo David Iliff, 2011).

The village

The town of Sézanne has lent its name of the Sézannais area. It is the most populous place in the southwestern part of the Marne department, and the eleventh most populous commune in Marne.

The Sézanne commune covers 2282 hectares and has 5055 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Sézannais and Sézannaises.

The town hall (hôtel de ville) in Sézanne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Coyau, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Sézanne commune are located both to the north and to the south. They are located on mild slopes mostly facing southeast, with some deviations where the landscape undulates. The vineyards are continuous with those in Vindey. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, in similarity to all other villages in the Sézannais area, but Sézanne does have a bit more of Pinot Meunier than any other village of this area.

The current vineyard surface in the Sézanne commune is 206.1 hectares (509.3 acres). There are 137.0 ha Chardonnay (66.5%), 37.5 ha Pinot Meunier (18.2%), and 31.6 ha Pinot Noir (15.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 201 ha. There are 67 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Sézanne, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

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.

  • Maurice Dugay (RM), who also sells Champagnes under the brand Comte de Montgivroux (Comte is written Cte on the labels). The vintage Champagne is part of the latter range.
  • Pierre Pinard (RM), member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 14 ha of vineyards, of which 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is called Cité des Mails and is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The top cuvée is Fût de Chêne, which is oak barrel vinified and is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Sézanne, Église Saint-Denis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Denys, 2008).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-04-14

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