Champagne village profile: Bassu in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 35.9 hectares (88.7 acres), of which 97.5% Chardonnay, 1.7% Pinot Meunier, and 0.8% 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

North and northeast: Vanault-le-Châtel
Southeast: Val-de-Vière
Southsoutheast: Vavray-le-Petit
Southsouthwest: Bassuet
Westsouthwest: 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.

View of Bassu. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Bassu is located in the northeastern part of the Vitryat area, which is named for Vitry-le-François, the central town.

The Bassu commune has a surface of 1029 hectares and has 128 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Bassutiers and Bassutières.

Street in Bassu. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bassu consist of several blocks in the southern half of the commune, and are mostly made up of mild south- to southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Bassuet. The vineyards are completely dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Bassu commune is 35.9 hectares (88.7 acres). There are 35.0 ha Chardonnay (97.5%), 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (1.7%), and 0.3 ha Pinot Noir (0.8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 29 ha. There are 67 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards in Bassu. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

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 2017-07-16

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