Champagne village profile: Bonneil 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: 76,7 hectares (189.5 acres), of which 79% Pinot Meunier, 11% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)


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

Northeast: Essômes-sur-Marne
Southeast: Azy-sur-Marne
Southsouthwest: Romeny-sur-Marne

Comment: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

View of Bonneil with surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Bonneil is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The village is sometimes referred to as Bonneil-sur-Marne, but the “sur-Marne” part is not part of the official name of the commune.

The Mont de Bonneil hamlet is located to the northwest of the village, above the villages.

The Bonneil commune covers 211 hectares and has 377 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Bonneillois and Bonneilloises.

The town hall (mairie) of Bonneil. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).


The vineyards in Bonneil are gathered in a block in the slope above and next to the village and mostly consist of mild south- to southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Azy-sur-Marne. The vineyards in Bonneil and in most of Azy-sur-Marne together form an amphitheatre. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Bonneil commune is 76.7 hectares (189.5 acres). There are 60.8 ha Pinot Meunier (79.3%), 8.3 ha Chardonnay (10.8%), and 7.6 ha Pinot Noir (9.9%). Current information from CIVC as of 2018, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 63 ha. There are 59 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Aerial photo of Bonneil with surrounding vineyards. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Droop, 2009).

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.

  • Jacki Barroyer (RC)
  • Biberon-Berranger (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Cédric Boucant (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2004 vintage).
  • Gilles Boucant
  • Emmanuel Boucant (RM, Facebook page), also written Le Style EB, member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 7 ha vingårdar with 60% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 5% Chardonnay. The company name is Boucant-Thiery, and some Champagnes are labelled under this name.
  • Frédéric Coppeaux (RM)
  • Gilbert Coppeaux (RC)
  • Didier Gadroy & Fils (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Christophe Lefèvre (RM), with 4.3 ha of vineyards with 75% Pinot Meunier, 15% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay. The vineyards are cultivated organically. Cuvée Alexandrine is a vintage Champagne with 100% Chardonnay from old vines in the vineyard site Sur les vignes d’Aby. Cuvée Clement is a non-vintage Champagne composed of Pinot Meunier, Pinor Noir, and Chardonnay cellared 10 years on its lees. Ancestrale is a vintage Champagne from Pinot Noir vinified in new oak barrels and with old-fashioned string closure. The range also includes an Azy Rouge, a still red wine (Coteaux Champenois) using Pinot Noir from Azy-sur-Marne.
  • Didier Lefèvre (RC) with the additional text “au Mont de Bonneil” on the labels. Not to be confused with Didier Lefèvre in Épernay which has the additional text “à Epernay” on the label.
  • MG (RM, Facebook page), which stands for Marteaux Guillaume.
  • Dominique Papelard (RM), with vineyards in Bonneil, Azy-sur-Marne, Chézy-sur-Marne, and Nogentel.
  • Papelard-Commun (RC), with the company name Franck Papelard.
  • Papelard-Fauvet
  • Fabrice Poilblan (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Bonneil, Église Notre-Dame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).


© Tomas Eriksson 2019, last update 2019-02-11

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