Champagne village profile: Jaulgonne on the right bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 48.6 hectares (120.1 acres), of which 87% Pinot Meunier, 11% Chardonnay, and 2% Pinot Noir.
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

On the right bank of Marne
East: Barzy-sur-Marne
Southwest: Chartèves

On the left bank of Marne
South: Courtemont-Varennes
Comment: some of the villages to the north and northwest are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The church in Jaulgonne, Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo jpduburcq, 2006).

The village

Jaulgonne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river.

The Jaulgonne commune covers 178 hectares and has 634 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Jaulgonnais and Jaulgonnaises.

The Marne river between Jaulgonne (the bank to the left and to the right in the picture) and Courtemont-Varennes (the bank in the centre of the picture). Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Antoine Fleury-Gobert, 2011).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Jaulgonne are located close to the village, divided into a number of separate blocks, and are situated in rather mild southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Jaulgonne commune is 48.6 hectares (120.1 acres). There are 42.1 ha Pinot Meunier (86.6%), 5.4 ha Pinot Noir (11.1%), and 1.1 ha Chardonnay (2.3%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 31 ha. There are 20 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Christian Briard (ND, Facebook page), whose vintage Champagne is called Cuvée Ambre and is Pinot Meunier-dominated (66% in the 2004 and 2005 vintages). The range also includes a Coteaux Champenois (still red wine) produced from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, as well as a vintage-dated Ratafia (sweet fortified wine) using grape must from the first pressing of the three common grape varieties.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Older postcard showing Jaulgonne, from before 1931. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2018-11-09

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