Champagne village profile: Saudoy in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 78.3 hectares (193.5 acres), of which 94% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Noir, 0.1% Pinot Meunier, and 0.3% others.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 85%).


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 within the Champagne appellation

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

The town hall (mairie) in Saudoy with the church (Église Saint-Martin) in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).

The village

Saudoy is located just south of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

Other than Saudoy itself, which is located at the main road (D951) on the plains, the commune also includes the hamlet Le Plessis, which is located to the northwest, along the D453 road to Vindey.

The Saudoy commune covers 1266 hectares and has 366 inhabitants (as of 2014). The inhabitants of Le Plessis has their own name/gentiléPlessoyots and Plessoyottes.


The vineyards in the Saudoy commune are located around Saudoy and Le Plessis. They are located on mild slopes, mostly facing southeast. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Vindey commune is 78.3 hectares (193.5 acres). There are 73.6 ha Chardonnay (94.0%), 4.4 ha Pinot Noir (5.6%), 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.1%), and 0.2 ha others (0.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 77 ha. There are 51 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 Saudoy, 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.

  • Luc Bourmault (RM)
  • Armand Duplessis, which is run by Jean-Christophe Léglantier. The name refers to cardinal Richelieu.
  • René Gatine (RC, Facebook page)
  • Serge Lefèvre (RC), with the company name Les Pinoches.
  • Gérard Léglantier (Facebook page)
  • Vincent Léglantier, whose range includes a vintage Champagne with one third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Ménéclier (RC), also Alfred Ménéclier.
  • Vignier (Facebook page), has 9 ha vineyards in Saudoy, Sézanne, Barbonne-Fayel, andPlessis-Saudoy. The whole range is made up of vintage Champagnes: two composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier where one is called Prestige, two blanc de blanc where one is called I.D., and a rosé.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The entry to Saudoy from the south along the D951 road. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).


© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-04-23

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