Champagne village profile: Essômes-sur-Marne 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: 278.6 hectares (688.4 acres), of which 63% Pinot Meunier, 21% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, and 0.2% other grape varieties.
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
Northeast: Château-Thierry
South: Azy-sur-Marne
Southsouthwest: Bonneil
Southwest: Charly-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
Southeast: Nogentel
Southsoutheast: Chézy-sur-Marne
Comment 1: 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.
Comment 2: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

View of Essômes-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Essômes-sur-Marne is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The main village Essômes-sur-Marne is located close to Château-Thierry, which is the largest town in the western Marne Valley.

There are several hamlets in the commune. Close to the vineyards we find (from north to south) Vaux, Monneaux, Crogis, Aulnoy, and Rouvroy.

The Essômes-sur-Marne commune covers 2855 hectares and has 2784 inhabitants (as of 2015) referred to as Essomois and Essomoises.

Essômes-sur-Marne with a vineyard in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto JOVENE, 2006).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Essômes-sur-Marne are spread over several parts of the commune. A large proportion are located on the slope of a hill which is situated on the border to Château-Thierry. Other vineyards are located close to Marne, with further vineyards below the aforementioned hill. The slopes of the vineyards cover most directions expect north. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Essômes-sur-Marne commune is 278.6 hectares (688.4 acres). There are 176.5 ha Pinot Meunier (63.4%), 59.8 ha Pinot Noir (21.5%), 41.8 ha Chardonnay (15.0%), and 0.5 ha other grape varieties (0.2%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 255 ha. There are 173 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.

  • Daniel Agron (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Belin (RM?), with the subtitle Gérard et Olivier on some labels, is a member of the Vignerons Indépendants. They have 8 ha of vineyards in Essôme-sur-Marne and Aulnois with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2012 vintage), which also exists in an Extra Brut version.
  • Stéphane Fauvet (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Franck Gaullier (RM, Facebook page)
  • Gaullier-Gutel, whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Gaullier Lhermitte (RC)
  • Michel Hoerter (RC), who has 9 ha of vineyards with 70% Pinot Meunier, 22% Pinot Noir, and 8% Chardonnay. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 55% Pinot Meunier, 27% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • L. Huot et Fils (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). Not to be confused with Louis Huot in Saint-Martin d’Ablois, who used to write L. Huot Fils on their labels.
  • Michel Michaux (RC), has 8.3 ha of vineyards. The range includes three vintage Champagnes: Brut Millésime composed of 70% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), Rêve d’anton, and Blanc de Blanc Millésime which is 100% Chardonnay.
  • Paillette (RM, Facebook page), with 7.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Jean François Therrien (RM)
  • Jean-Paul Toussirot (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The abbey in Essômes-sur-Marne with its garden. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2019

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