Champagne village profile: Merlaut in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 6.7 hectares (16.6 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)


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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

North: Changy
Westsouthwest: Vitry-en-Perthois
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Entry to Merlaut from the south. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Merlaut is located about 7 km to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. The village is located close to the stream La Chée.

The Merlaut commune has a surface of 504 hectares and has 245 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Merlaudiers and Merlaudières.

The town hall (mairie) of Merlaut. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).


The vineyards in Merlaut are located in the northern part of the commune, at the D982 road and the border to the Changy commune. They are situated on a mild south-facing slope, and consist of Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Merlaut commune is 6.7 hectares (16.6 acres). There are 6.7 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 3 hectares. There are 19 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The stream La Chée at Merlaut. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any producer which has their seat in Merlaut.


© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-07-16

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