Champagne village profile: Trélou-sur-Marne in the Terroir de Condé

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Terroir de Condé
Vineyards and grape varieties: 347.4 hectares (858.4 acres), of which 72% Pinot Meunier, 17% Pinot Noir, and 11% Chardonnay.
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. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Aisne (where Trélou-sur-Marne is located) and Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Terroir de Condé highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

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

On the right bank of Marne
Northeast: Vincelles (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Northnortheast: Champvoisy (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite)
Westnorthwest: Barzy-sur-Marne
Westsouthwest: Passy-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Southsoutheast: Dormans (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)
Southsouthwest: Courthiézy (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)
Comment: some of the villages to the north are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The town hall (mairie) of Trélou-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

The village

Trélou-sur-Marne is located along the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The village is in the Aisne departement, on the border to the Marne departement.

Other than the main village, the commune also includes the two hamlets Chassins (to the east, upstream) and Courcelles (to the west, downstream). The northern part of the commune is largely covered by forest.

The Trélou-sur-Marne commune covers 2035 hectares and has 955 inhabitants (as of 2015).

Vineyards in Trélou-sur-Marne, close to Courcelles. A part of the vineyard was recently replanted, and the young vines are protected by brown plastic covers. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Trélou-sur-Marne are located around the main village and the two hamlets, and a part of them are amphitheatre-shaped. A large proportion of the vineyards are mild slopes mostly facing southeast, but with variations from southwest- to east-facing. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Trélou-sur-Marne commune is 347.4 hectares (858.4 acres). There are 250.7 ha Pinot Meunier (72.2%), 57.8 ha Pinot Noir (16.6%), and 38.9 ha Chardonnay (11.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 299 ha. There are 237 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

On 6 August 1890 the first vineyard in Trélou-sur-Marne attacked by the wine louse was found, Montcouvent in the hamlet of Chassins.

View from Courthiézy on the other side of the Marne river from Trélou-sur-Marne. Some of the vineyards on the far slope are in the western part of Trélou-sur-Marne (those to the right), and some in Passy-sur-Marne (centre and left). The built-up area visible in the vineyards in Trélou-sur-Marne is the hamlet of Courcelles. In the foreground we see Courthiézy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

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. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Belouis-Gricourt (ND), a producer with 4 ha of vineyards, of which 2.5 ha Pinot Meunier, 1 ha Chardonnay, and 0.5 ha Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage).

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.

  • Berger (Facebook page) whose range includes two vintage Champagnes, Sensation’Elles, which is a blanc de blancs, and Exception’Elles.
  • Bernardon Père & Fils (RC)
  • M. Brismontier-Huet (Facebook page), also written M. Brismontier. Not to be confused with Brismontier-Huet in Verneuil.
  • Stéphane Colas (RM)
  • Collard-Mercier (RC, Facebook page) featuring the subtitle “By Stephane Rigaut”. The vineyards are in Passy-sur-Marne and this seems to have been the former address of the producer. The range includes two vintage Champagnes, a regular vintage Champagne with 55% Pinot Meunier, 27% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage) and a blanc de blancs.
  • Couvent Fils (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2012 vintage).
  • Couvent-Parent (RM), a member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 4.2 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne with 60% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir.
  • Fleury-Gille (RM, Facebook page), a member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 8.2 ha of vineyards. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Millésime which is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage), Organza which is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage) and Pierre-Louis which is composed of 100% Chardonnay and is vinified in oak barrels. The company name is Fleury et Fils, so it might be worth pointing out that this producer shouldn’t be confused with Fleury, a Champagne house in Courteron.
  • Florent Mondet (RM, Facebook page), has 5 ha of vineyards with 75% Pinot Meunier plus 25% Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and sells about 28 000 bottles per year.
  • Sébastien Gorgery (RC, Facebook page)
  • Harant-Dourland (RM), has slightly more than 5 ha of vineyards in Trélou-sur-Marne, Charly-sur-Marne, and Vassieux with 85% Pinot Meunier and a total of 15% Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
  • James Kohler (RM)
  • Jean-Luc Lahémade (RM) and Marc Lahémade, has slightly more than 10 ha in Trélou-sur-Marne, Verneuil, Vincelles, and Passy-sur-Marne. Champagnes are sold under both names.
  • Leclerc-Drouillet (RM, Facebook page), has slightly more than 5 ha of vineyards with 65% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. The range includes a  vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Leclerc-Mondet (RM, Facebook page), a member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 9 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of one third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Lerglantier Père et Fille (RC, Facebook page) with the company name Sylvie Malgras-Lerglantier.
  • Éric Mallet (RC)
  • Philippe Mallet (RM, Facebook page)
  • Bernard Mante (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards in Trélou-sur-Marne with 70% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Liliane Marthre (RC)
  • Météyer Père & Fils (RM, Facebook page), a member of the Vignerons Indépendants. Nuits Blanches is a vintage Champagne(?) from 100% Chardonnay. Exclusif is a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines, with no dosage. Expression Noir is a vintage Champagne from 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Jean-Claude Mignon (RC)
  • Moutardier-Dartois (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Olivier Père & Fils (RM), a member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 10.8 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Meunier.
  • Ozanne-Mignard (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne. The company name is Patrick Ozanne.
  • Tristan H, a producer with 2.5 ha of vineyards which is a member of the small grower group Origines Champagne. The top non-vintage cuveé is Colostrum. Brut Mature is a vintage Champagne. H is for Hyest.
  • Veuve Olivier & Fils (RM, Facebook page), on the labels written Vve Olivier & Fils. A member of the Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation Génération Champagne. Has 18 ha of vineyards in Trélou-sur-Marne with a majority of Pinot Meunier. The top Champagne is called La Cachotte and is an oak barrel-vinified 100% Chardonnay from old vines. (Cachotte is a name used for small sheds in the vineyards, and is not a vineyard name.)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperatives

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 Bellevue-sur-Marne is a cooperative in Trélou-sur-Marne (Courcelles).
  • Coopérative Vinicole de Chassins is a cooperative in (Chassins) with the additional name La Chassinoise.

The church in Trélou-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Médard. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2018-09-08

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2 Responses to Champagne village profile: Trélou-sur-Marne in the Terroir de Condé

  1. Carl Edmund Sherman says:

    Champagne Tristan H (http://www.tristanh.fr/), Cour de la Chapelle
    Chassins – 02850 Trélou sur Marne. An outstanding independent winegrower who is a founding member of the group Origines Champagne. Excellent, silky, fresh, and gourmet champagnes from Tristan Hyest.

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