Champagne village profile: Saint-Amand-sur-Fion in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

East: Lisse-en-Champagne
Southeast and south: Saint-Lumier-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.

The village

Saint-Amand-sur-Fion is located about 9 km to the north of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. Saint-Amand-sur-Fion is more populous than most other Champagne villages of the area.

The Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune has a surface of 2840 hectares and has 1060 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Godins and Godines.

The town hall (mairie) of Saint-Amand-sur-Fion. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2017).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion are located in two blocks to the east of the village, and is composed of mild southwest- to south-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Lisse-en-Champagne. Chardonnay is the only grape variety in the vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune is 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres). There are 12.3 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 7 hectares. There are 24 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

History

Viticulture in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion and the rest of the Vitryat area has a long history, and compared to the current situation today, it was much more extensive until the 19th century. Several sources from the years 1736-1778 give figures of 194-228.5 ha of vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, with some decline around 1770 due to a vine disease. The land register 1790-1791 showed that Saint-Amand-sur-Fion was one of four communes in the Vitryat with more than 200 ha of vineyards. Later, the vineyard surface in the area reduced slowly, followed by a faster decline following the Phylloxera epidemic.

In 1927, there was still 62 ha of vineyards, but Saint-Amand-sur-Fion fell out of the Champagne wine region due to the regulations that were created thereafter and in the mid-20th century. A review of the Vitryat area was initiated by the INAO in 1962, but it was only in 1989 when Saint-Amand-sur-Fion was (re)admitted into the appellation, then as one of 13 communes in the Vitryat. Initially, 3 ha on the Côte Adam was approved, and later another 9 ha of vineyards were approved, corresponding to the 12.3 ha there were cultivated in 2013.

New plantations were initiated between 1969 and 1973, and continued in 1989-1990, following the formal decision.

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.

The church in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, Église Saint-Amand. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2013).

Links

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

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