Champagne village profile: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 120,6 hectares (298.0 acres), of which 68% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Noir, and 0.6% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 85%).
Also called: Fontaine-Denis

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 within the Champagne appellation

North: Barbonne-Fayel
South: La Celle-sous-Chantemerle
Southwest: Chantemerle
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy is located about 10 km south of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

The central village in the commune is called Fontaine-Denis, and the hamlet Nuisy is located to the east along the D350 road.

The Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy commune covers 1317 hectares and has 235 inhabitants (as of), referred to as Fontenats and Fontenates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy commune is located around the Fontaine-Denis village. They are located on mild east- to south-facing slopes. In the south, the vineyards are continuous with those in La Celle-sous-Chantemerle. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy commune is 120.6 hectares (298.0 acres). There are 81.8 ha Chardonnay (67.8%), 38.1 ha Pinot Noir (31.6%), and 0.7 ha Pinot Meunier (0.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 116 ha. There are 144 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 Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy include, amont others:

  • Les Vignes, a mild southeast-facing site located immediately to the northnorthwest of the village. René Collet has old Pinot Noir vines here, used for the rosé Anthime Sensation.

Other sites include e.g. Les Caves, La Chaux, La Côte Baron, Coutinaux, En Louche, Les Frots, Gitons, Les Guyottes, Les Limons, Les Longaines, Les Tessards.

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.

The entrance to Fontaine-Denis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2016).

  • René Collet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5.0 ha of vineyards with 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier. The regular René Collet range (where some cuvées still are cooperative-produced) include three vintage Champagnes: a regular composed of a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinor Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage), Vieilles Vignes with the same composition (refers to the 2009 vintage), and a Blanc de Blancs. Empreinte is a range of  nonvintage Champagnes with some proportion of oak. Anthime is a range of fully oak barrel-vinified, and is produced in small quantities. Of these, the rosé Sensation is based on old vine Pinot Noir in the single vineyard site Les Vignes. René Collet indicates many technical details on the back label.
    History
    Originally sold the grapes, was a cooperative member from 1973, and decided in 2002 to run the entire production in-house.
  • Pascal Diot (RM)
  • Cédric Guyot (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation SECRAIE with 5.6 ha of vineyards with 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, mostly in Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy. Has an annual production of 35 000-40 000 bottles. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: a regular composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (and which seems to exist in two bottle forms) and a blanc de blancs.
    History
    Started to sell bottles under the Cédric Guyot name in 2004. Has a background within Patrice Guyot (the name used from 1985), which used to be known as Gaston Guyot.
  • Patrice Guyot (RM), history, see Cédric Guyot above.
  • Benoît Mahieux (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Michel Rosay (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-05-02

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