Champagne village profile: Fossoy 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: 62.1 hectares (153.5 acres), of which 77% Pinot Meunier, 12% Pinot Noir, and 10% 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
Northnortheast: Mont-Saint-Père
West: Gland

On the left bank of Marne
Northeast: Mézy-Moulins
East: Crézancy
Westsouthwest: Blesmes
Comment: some of the villages to the northwest and south are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

Street in Fossoy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pascal3012, 2014).

The village

Fossoy is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river.

The Fossoy commune also includes the hamlet Les Pilots, which is located just southwest of the main village, in the direction of Blesmes.

The Fossoy commune covers 718 hectares and has 548 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Fossoyens and Fossoyennes.

Vineyards

The church in Fossoy, Église Saint-Georges. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Zeugma fr, 2012).

The vineyards in Fossoy are located east and south of the village. The direction of slope varies, but include a large proportion of mild north-facing slopes. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Fossoy commune is 62.1 hectares (153.5 acres). There are 47.9 ha Pinot Meunier (77.1%), 7.7 ha Pinot Noir (12.4%), and 6.5 ha Chardonnay (10.5%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 52 ha. There are 29 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. SR = société de récoltants, owned by a number of growers of the same family and sells under its own name.

  • Boilleau Alain
  • Bonnet Launois (RM) which have vineyards in Vertus and Fossoy. Belongs together with A. Robert below.
  • Déhu Père & Fils (SR, Facebook page), which has 13 ha of vineyards with a majority of Pinot Meunier. The range includes a traditional vintage Champagne. Champagnes in modern small grower style are produced, from 2.25 ha organic (and in reality biodynamic) vineyard vineyards and using oak barrel vinification, under the name Benoît Déhu. Cuvée La Rue des Noyers is produced from a 1.7 ha vineyard in Fossoy planted to Pinot Meunier. This Champagne originates from a single vintage, but is not sold with a vintage designation. Other than this Champagne, a still white and a still red wine (both Coteaux Champenois) are produced from the same vineyard site. A Pinot Noir from another site is planned to be released in 2018. A Pinot Meunier from 0.23 ha of old vines will be launched in the future.
    History
    In 2011, Benoît Déhu started the production of Cuvée La Rue des Noyers, which was launched in 2014. In 2013, small holdings in two other vineyard sites were added to this portofolio. The coversion to organic viticulture was started in 2011 and certification was achieved in 2014.
  • A. Robert (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne and the Côte des Blancs. The range incldues a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Pinot Meuier, 30% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir (refer to the 2009 vintage). The top Champagne of the range is called Cuvée Le Sablon, is non-vintage and composed of 60% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 20% Pinot Noir. Belongs together with Bonnet Launois above. Not to be confused with André Robert in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last updated 2018-11-19

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