Champagne village profile: Brasles 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: 80.0 ha (197.7 acres), of which 47% ha Pinot Meunier, 41% Chardonnay, and 12% Pinot Noir.
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: Gland
West: Château-Thierry

On the left bank of Marne
Southeast: Blesmes
South: Chierry
Comment: several of the villages to the north are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

Brasles with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pline, 2012).

The village

Brasles is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. Brasles Chierry has mostly grown together with Château-Thierry, which is the largest town in the western Marne Valley.

The Brasles commune covers 745 hectares and has 1439 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Braslois and Brasloises.

The church in Brasles, Église Saint-Quentin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Johann Dréo, 2007).

Vineyards

Most of the vineyards in Brasles are located directly at the village, on its east side, and are in a single block continuous with the vineyards in Gland, the neighbouring village. There is also a block further to the west, closer to Château-Thierry. The vineyards are mostly made up of mild south-facing slopes with Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay as the most common grape varieties.

The current vineyard surface in the Brasles commune is 80.0 hectares (197.7 acres). There are 37.7 ha Pinot Meunier (47.1%), 33.1 ha Chardonnay (41.4%), and 9.2 ha Pinot Noir (11.5%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 37 ha. There are 55 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.

  • Bellanger-Devaugermé (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes the vintage Champagne Le Millésimé composed of 72% Pinot Meunier, 27% Chardonnay, and 1% Pinot Noir. At least earlier, Champagnes have also been produced under the name Françoise Alice Devaugermé on the label.
  • Henri Dechelle (RM, Facebook page), also writes their name as Dechelle Henri et fille. On the non-vintage cuvée Julie the label indicates Julie Dechelle. Their range includes a vintage Champagne and Chardonnay Fût de Chêne, a non-vintage oak barrel-vinified Chardonnay.
  • Philippe Defollet (RM, Facebook page), formerly Philippe Dechelle, member of Vignerons Indépendants with 9.3 ha of vineyards. The vintage Champagnes Prestige and Cuvée Réserve are both composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir. There is also a regular vintage blanc de blancs as well as Cuvée Quentin Roosevelt, a vintage blanc de blancs that takes its name from the youngest son of Theodore Roosevelt, who served as an American combat pilot in World War I and died in Frankrike 1918.
  • Lointier-Devaugermé
  • Joël Michel (RM), which has 12 ha of vineyards. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Brut Millésime which is partly oak barrel-vinified (30% in the 2005 vintage) and a blanc de blancs. The range also has two interesting rosés in it. The Champagne Brut ODP is a non-vintage œil de perdrix (eye of partridge), i.e., a pale rosé, which has a partridge (perdrix) on its label. Garçonne is a still rosé wine (Coteaux Champenois) produced using the saignée method (which is the common method for quality still rosé wines in other wine regions).

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last update 2019-01-07

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