Champagne village profile: Mont-Saint-Père 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: 152.4 hectares (376.6 acres), of which 61% Pinot Meunier, 21% Pinot Noir, and 18% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)

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: Chartèves
Southwest: Gland

On the left bank of Marne
Southeast: Mézy-Moulins
Southsouthwest: Fossoy
Comment: some of the villages to the north and west are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The Marne river at Mont-Saint-Père, with a lock. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

The village

Mont-Saint-Père is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river.

The village is notable as the birth place of the artist Léon Lhermitte (1844-1925), who was part of the realist movement and often painted scenes from the countryside. He has been honored with a statue in the village.

The Mont-Saint-Père commune covers 1069 hectares and has 700 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Montépierrins and Montépierrines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Mont-Saint-Père are situated in two blocks. One block is north of the village, and the other is southwest of the village, close to the Marne river, and stretches across the border to Gland, the neighbouring village. The vineyards are mostly made up of southeast-facing slopes and are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Mont-Saint-Père commune is 152.4 hectares (376.6 acres). There are 92.5 ha Pinot Meunier (60.7%), 32.5 ha Pinot Noir (21.3%), and 27.4 ha Chardonnay (18.0%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 122 ha. There are 109 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. 

  • Alain Bergère (NM), which is partly located in Mont-Saint-Père and partly in Étoges (where the cellar is). Has vineyards in Étoges and in the area of Château-Thierry further to the west in the Vallée de la Marne. The traditional vintage Champagne, Millésime, is composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2005 vintage). The range has been expanded with an organic vintage Champagne, Millésime Bio, using 100% Pinot Meunier from a vineyard in Chartèves. The first vintage was 2014, launched in 2018. Alain Bergère also has the rare grape variety Petit Meslier in their vineyards, but so far doesn’t seem to have released any Champagne that uses this variety. Not to be confused with A. Bergère in Épernay.

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.

  • Bahin-Hû (RC, Facebook page) which uses about 60% Pinot Meunier, just over 30% Chardonnay, and 8-10% Pinot Noir. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: the blended Millésime (2008 vintage: 72% Pinot Meunier, 27% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Noir), a Blanc de Blancs, and a blended and oak barrel-vinified Vieilles Vignes (2008 vintage: 59% Pinot Meunier, 23% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir) from old vines.
  • Jean Comyn (Facebook page), a producer with 10 ha of vineyards in Mont-Saint-Père with 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 25% Pinot Noir, and an annual production of 80 000 bottles. Together with four other families they have a total of 40 ha of vineyards, and seems to share a winery. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the blended Symphonie composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, and Opus which is a blanc de blancs. Has at least earlier been an RC producer.
    History
    The Comyn couple planted their first vineyards in Mont-Saint-Père in 1970, on former vineyard land which had been abandoned following the ravages of the wine louse and the problems of the Champagne industry around World War I. Their first harvest took place in 1973.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last updated 2018-11-15

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