Champagne village profile: Saulchery 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: 127.9 hectares (316.0 acres), of which 77% Pinot Meunier, 14% Chardonnay, and 9% 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: Romeny-sur-Marne
West and north: Charly-sur-Marne

On the left bank of Marne
South: Nogent-l’Artaud

Saulchery with surroundings. In the centre of the picture we see the church of the village, Église Saint-Sébastien, and in the foreground vineyards. The buildings in the distance are on the other side of Marne, in Nogent-l’Artaud. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

The village

Saulchery is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The buildings of the village are spread out along the D969 road through the entire commune. The eastern part, at the bridge across Marne, counts as its own hamlet under the name Le Pont.

The Saulchery commune covers 2630 hectares and has 732 inhabitants (as of 2016) referred to as Saulcheriens and Saulcheriennes.

The town hall (mairie) in Saulchery, which is also a school building (ecoles means schools). Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saulchery are mostly located in the slope above the village and mostly consist of south-facing slopes, with some west-facing slopes in the western part of the commune. The vineyards are continuous with those in Romeny-sur-Marne and Charly-sur-Marne. Pinot Meunier is the dominating grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Saulchery commune is 127.9 hectares (316.0 acres). There are 98.3 ha Pinot Meunier (76.9%), 18.3 ha Chardonnay (14.3%), and 11.3 ha Pinot Noir (8.8%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 109 ha. There are 37 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Charly-sur-Marne include e.g. Les Creusettes, Les Gains, Les Gouges, Les Vignes Rouges (a part of which is also called Grande Pièce).

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.

  • Joël Closson (RM, Facebook page), also Joël Closson et Fils, member of the Vignerons Indépendants with just over 5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Michel Closson (RC)
  • Closson-Jouniaux (RC)
  • Closson Richard (RC)
  • Figuet & Fils (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: a vintage blanc de blancs and Cuvée Pompadour composed of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. The company name is J.J. Figuet.
  • Bernard Figuet (RM, Facebook page) which has 14 ha of vineyards and an annual production of 120 000 bottles.
  • Francis Gautier (RC)
  • Gioria-Latizeau (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 43% Pinot Noir, 39% Chardonnay, and 18% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2010 vintage).
  • René Gratiot (RC)
  • Pierre Laurent (Facebook page), with 4.5 ha of vineyards in Saulchery, Charly-sur-Marne, Azy-sur-Marne, Crouttes-sur-Marne, and Domptin. Uses horses in their vineyard work, which can be seen in the photo below. Grande Reserve Millésimé is a vintage Champagne composed of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

A vineyard belonging to Pierre Laurent, and a horse. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo ADT Marne, 2014).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2019, last updated 2019-03-14

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