Champagne village profile: Bassuet in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 89.8 hectares (221.9 acres), of which 95.9% Chardonnay, 3.3% Pinot Meunier, and 0.9% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Autre cru (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 Vitryat 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

Northeast: Bassu
Eastnortheast: Vavray-le-Petit
East: Vavray-le-Grand
South: Changy
West: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne
Northwest: Lisse-en-Champagne
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Bassuet as seen from the north, with vineyards in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Bassuet is located about 9 km  to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. Bassuet has a more central location among the vine-growing villages, and has both the largest vineyard area and the largest concentration of Champagne producers among the Vitryat villages.

The Bassuet commune has a surface of 842 hectares and has 256 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Bachotains and Bachotaines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bassuet are located in the northern part of the commune as well as to the southeast of the village, and consist mostly of mild southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards to the north are located on a low ridge that also stretch into Bassu and Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne. The vineyards to the southeast are continuous with those in Vavray-le-Grand. Chardonnay dominates greatly in the vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Bassuet commune is 89.8 hectares (221.9 acres). There are 86.1 ha Chardonnay (95.9%), 3.0 ha Pinot Meunier (3.3%), and 0.8 ha Pinot Noir (0.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 58 hectares. There are 93 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards in the northern part of Bassuet. The village is visible in the distance in the left part of the frame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.

  • L’Hoste Père & Fils (NM, Facebook page), has 15 ha of vineyards with 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Bernard Lonclas (NM). The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular millésime composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier from old vines, and Vintage which is a blanc de blancs.

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.

  • H. Baty (RC, Facebook page)
  • Bolieu (RM, Facebook page), formerly Baffard-Ortillon-Beaulieu, a member of the small grower organisation Passion Chardonnay with 6.5 ha of vineyards. The name change to Bolieu took place on 1 April 2017, and the new name is a short form of the old “B…-O…-(Beau)lieu”. The producer code was formerly RC, but has been RM since at least 2014.
  • André Chauré (RM)
  • Jean-Louis Chauré (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with an annual production of 60 000 flaskor. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Dantan Oudit (RC), has 5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Glé-Flammang (RC)
  • Oudart-Ortillon (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperative

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Vinicole La Renaissance is a cooperative in Bassuet.

Links

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

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