Champagne village profile: Courtemont-Varennes on the left bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 21.6 hectares (53.4 acres), of which 81% Pinot Meunier, 11% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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 Vallée de la Marne Ouest 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 there is one.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

On the right bank of Marne
Westnorthwest: Chartèves
Northnorthwest: Jaulgonne
Northeast: Barzy-sur-Marne (part of the Terroir de Condé)
Southeast: Passy-sur-Marne (part of the Terroir de Condé)

On the left bank of Marne
West: Mézy-Moulins
Southsoutheast: Reuilly-Sauvigny

The church in Courtemont, Église Saint-Denis. The vineyards in the background are on the other side of the Marne river, in Barzy-sur-Marne (left) and Passy-sur-Marne (right). Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GFreihalter, 2015).

The village

Courtemont-Varennes is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. Courtemont-Varennes is surrounded by Marne on three sides, as the river makes a bend around it.

In the centre of the commune, the Varennes village is located, and to the east we find Courtemont. Varennes is the larger of the two

There is a large number of villages and other locations in France called Varennes. This Varennes is not that Varennes which features in “the flight to Varennes” (those who fled were Louis XIV & co in 1791). That one is Varennes-en-Argonne in the Meuse departement (Lorraine). The escape route from the Tuileries Palace in Paris to Varennes-en-Argonne did indeed traverse the Champagne region, but to the south of this part, via Montmirail along what today is the D933 road.

The Courtemont-Varennes commune 598 hectares and has 311 inhabitants (as of 2015) referred to as Varennois and Varennoises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Courtemont-Varennes are located immediately to the south of Varennes. The vineyards are concentrated in a block in a north-facing slope below a forest-clad hill and are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Courtemont-Varennes commune is 21.6 hectares (53.4 acres). There are 17.5 ha Pinot Meunier (81.0%), 2.4 ha Pinot Noir (11.1%), and 1.7 ha Chardonnay (7.9%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 19 ha. There are 6 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Moët & Chandon has a facility in the village. Other than that, I haven’t found any Champagne producers which have their seat in Courtemont-Varennes.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2019-04-06

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