Champagne village profile: Chantemerle in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 33.6 hectares (83.0 acres), of which 92% Chardonnay and 8% 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 within the Champagne appellation

North: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy (but mostly beyond La Celle-sous-Chantemerle)
East: La Celle-sous-Chantemerle
West: Bethon
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

Chantemerle is located about 12 km southsouthwest of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

The Chantemerle commune covers 851 hectares and has 48 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Chantemerliers and Chantemerlières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Chantemerle commune are located in an east-west band through the commune, at the level of the village. They are mostly located on on mild south-facing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Chantemerle commune is 33.6 hectares (83.0 acres). There are 31.0 ha Chardonnay (92.3%) and 2.6 ha Pinot Noir (7.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 30 ha. There are 25 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 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.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-05-06

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