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%)
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
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.
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.
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.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- The Courtemont-Varennes commune doesn’t have a website.
- UMC’s village profile of Courtemont-Varennes.
- Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2019-04-06