Champagne village profile: La Celle-sous-Chantemerle in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 88.9 hectares (219.7 acres), of which 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 0.1% Pinot Meunier.
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 within the Champagne appellation

North/northeast: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy
West: 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

La Celle-sous-Chantemerle is located about 11 km south of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

The La Celle-sous-Chantemerle commune covers 1203 hectares and has 159 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Celliers and Cellières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in La Celle-sous-Chantemerle commune is located in the northern part of the commune, immediately to the north of the village. The vineyards to the north are continuous with those in Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy. They are mostly located on mild south- to eastfacing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the La Celle-sous-Chantemerle commune is 88.9 hectares (219.7 acres). There are 70.8 ha Chardonnay (79.6%), 18.0 ha Pinot Noir (20.2%), and 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 84 ha. There are 159 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 La Celle-sous-Chantemerle, 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.

  • David Hébert (RM)
  • Pierre Jamain (RM), a member of Vigneron Indépendants with 3.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Chardonnay (refers to the 2006 vintage).
  • Jean-Marie Marcoult (RC), also JM Marcoult et Fils, has vineyards in La Celle-sous Chantemerle, Barbonne-Fayel, Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy, and Broyes, among others. Has sold Champagnes under their own name since 1980. The range includes four vintage Champagnes: the regular composed of 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), a blanc de blancs, Vieilles Vignes composed of a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), and Cuvée Prestige composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2011 vintage).
  • Frédéric Orcin (RM). The top Champagne is called Prestige.
  • Poullain-Truffet (RM), also Jean-Pierre Poullain-Truffet.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

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

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