Champagne village profile: Cernay-lès-Reims in the Monts de Berru

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Montagne & Val de Reims / Monts de Berru
Vineyards and grape varieties: 80.6 hectares (199.2 acres), of which 94% Chardonnay, 3.5% Pinot Meunier, 1.9% Pinot Noir, and 0.7% others.
Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)


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 Monts de Berru highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if it exists.

Neighbouring villages in the Champagne appellation

West: Reims (in the Vesle et Ardre area)
East: Berru
Eastsoutheast: Nogent-l’Abbesse
Southsoutheast: Puisieulx (in the Grande Montagne de Reims are)
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation, and therefore they have no village profiles.

Aerial picture over Cernay-lès-Reims with Reims in the background. In the lower left corner, Mont de Berru can be seen, and the vineyards are closest to the forest. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Touille451, 2013).

The village

Cernay-lès-Reims is located immediately to the east of Reims, on the other side of the A34 motorway.

The Cernay-lès-Reims commune covers 1649 hectares and has 1326 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Sarnaciens and Sarnaciennes.

The town hall (mairie) in Cernay-lès-Reims. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).


The vineyards in Cernay-lès-Reims are located to the east of the village, around the forest-clad hill Mont de Berru, which also stretches into the Berru and Nogent-l’Abbesse villages. The vineyards are situated on mild south- to west-facing slopes. The vineyards are completely dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Cernay-lès-Reims commune is 80.6 hectares (199.2 acres). There are 75.7 ha Chardonnay (93.9%), 2.8 ha Pinot Meunier (3.5%), 1.5 ha Pinot Noir (1.9%), and 0.6 ha others (0.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 79 ha. There are 76 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards in Cernay-lès-Reims, on the western side of Mont de Berru. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jean-Louis Perard, 2006).

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.

  • Allart & Fils (Facebook page)
  • Francis Bauda (RC)
  • Grégory Gérardin (RC), with vineyards in Sermiers (Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir) and Cernay-lès-Reims (Chardonnay).
  • Laurent Grais (RC), whose range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Grais-Portevin (RC), with vineyards in Montigny-sur-Vesle, Berru, Verzenay, and Cernay-lès-Reims. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 62% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier.
  • Bernard Laquille (RC)
  • Oudin-Collet (RC, Facebook page), which has vineyards with 90% Chardonnay. The producer was created by merging Bukaczewski-Collet and Gérard Oudin in Nogent-l’Abbesse. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Odyssée Blanche which is a blanc de blancs and Prélude des fondateurs which is a blanc de noirs.
  • Jean-Yves Perard (RC, Facebook page), also written JY Perard, whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Pascal Ragaut (RC)
  • Thierry Tailliet (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Former producers

  • Bukaczewski-Collet (RC), now part of Oudin-Collet, see above.

The church in Cernay-lès-Reims, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).


© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-08-19

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