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

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Terroir de Condé
Vineyards and grape varieties: 171.7 hectares (424.3 acres), of which 65% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 15% 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 Passy-sur-Marne is located).


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
East: Trélou-sur-Marne
North: Barzy-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Eastsoutheast: Courthiézy (part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche)
South and southwest: Reuilly-Sauvigny (part of the Vallée de la Marne Ouest)
Northwest: Courtemont-Varennes (part of the Vallée de la Marne Ouest)
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.

Passy-sur-Marne as seen from Reuilly-Sauvigny on the other side of Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo TCY, 2008).

The village

Passy-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.

The Passy-sur-Marne commune covers 371 hectares and has 132 inhabitants (as of 2015).

Vineyard in Passy-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Passy-sur-Marne are located to the north and the east of the village and cover most of the area of the commune. They are in a block which stretches across the borders to Barzy-sur-Marne and Trélou-sur-Marne. Most of the vineyards are west- to south-facing and of varying slope. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Passy-sur-Marne commune is 171.7 hectares (424.3 acres). There are 110.9 ha Pinot Meunier (64.6%), 34.2 ha Pinot Noir (19.9%), and 26.6 ha Chardonnay (15.5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 161 ha. There are 109 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Biard-Loyaux (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2013 vintage).
  • Collard-Mercier (RC, Facebook page) used to be located in Passy-sur-Marne, but is now in Trélou-sur-Marne.
  • Darnac & Fils (RM, Facebook page), formerly Gérard Darnac, which has all their vineyards in Passy-sur-Marne. The vintage Champagne is called 1001 Nuits and is composed of the three common grape varieties with a dominance of Chardonnay.
  • Lequeux-Mercier (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha of vineyards in Passy-sur-Marne, Barzy-sur-Marne, Château-Thierry, and Dormans. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers of the vintages 2002-2004).
  • Alain Mercier & Fils (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Pinot Noir (refers to the vintages 2012 and 2013).
  • Jean-Marie Mercier (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Laurent Mercier (RC), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular with 59% Meunier, 26% Chardonnay, and 15% Pinot Noir, as well as a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Alain Navarre (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 6.6 ha of vineyards.
  • Paul Robillard (RC)
  • Sylvain Robillard (RM)
  • Serveaux Fils (RM, Facebook page), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 15 ha of vineyards. The vintage Champagne is nowadays called Grand Vintage and is composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (2005: 50% Ch/50% PM, 2008: 60% Ch/40% PM).
  • James Vrayet (RM)
  • Vrayet Daniel (RM)

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.

  • Coop La Grapillière is a cooperative in Passy-sur-Marne.

The church in Passy-sur-Marne, Église Saint-Éloi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2018-09-22

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