Champagne village profile: Villiers-Saint-Denis 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: 105.7 hectares (261.2 acres), of which 73% Pinot Meunier, 16% Chardonnay, and 11% 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. The dashed red line is the departemental border between Aisne (where Villiers-Saint-Denis is located) and Seine-et-Marne.


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

Northnortheast: Domptin
East and south: Charly-sur-Marne
Southwest: Crouttes-sur-Marne
Northwest: Bézu-le-Guéry
Comment: some of the villages to the north on the map are not included in the list above, since they are outside the Champagne appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

Villiers-Saint-Denis with surroundings. The photo is taken from the vineyards west of the village. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2014).

The village

Villiers-Saint-Denis is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. The stream Ru de Domptin runs through the commune from north to south. Two other streams empty into the Ru de Domptin in Villiers-Saint-Denis: Ru de Escouffières arriving from the east, and Ru de Maldret arriving from the west.

The Villiers-Saint-Denis commune covers 757 hectares and has 1083 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Villiérois and Villiéroises.

The town hall (mairie) in Villiers-Saint-Denis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Villiers-Saint-Denis are situated around the village on slopes down to the streams Ru de Domptin, Ru de Escouffières, and Ru de Maldret. The directions of slope vary, but consist mostly of west- and east-facing slopes above the Ru de Domptin, and south-facing slopes above the Ru de Escouffières and Ru de Maldret. The vineyards are continuous with those in Charly-sur-Marne and Crottes-sur-Marne. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Villiers-Saint-Denis commune is 105.7 hectares (261.2 acres). There are 76.9 ha Pinot Meunier (72.8%), 16.8 ha Chardonnay (15.9%), and 12.0 ha Pinot Noir (11.4%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 78 ha. There are 23 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.

  • Cricco (RC, Facebook page)
  • Duchenes-Bourgeois (RM?), member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 45% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 10% Pinot Meunier. There are older labels with the producer code RC, but they should now be RM since they are a member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Féty-Simart (RC). There are also bottles with the producer code MA (marque d’acheteur, buyer’s own brand) and an address in Villiers-Saint-Denis, which are indicated as produced by Baron-Fuenté in Charly-sur-Marne and most likely are more recent than the RC bottles.
  • Gourdon (RM, Facebook page)
  • Huvier-Morel (RC), whose range includes the vintage Champagne Carte d’Or composed of 54% Chardonnay and 46% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage).
  • Stéphane Riboulot (Facebook page), whose range includes two vintage Champagnes: a blanc de blancs and Millésime which is composed of 55% Pinot Meunier, 28% Chardonnay, and 17% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2012 vintage).
  • Pierre Ruelle (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Villiers-Saint-Denis, Église Saint-Denis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Pascal3012, 2014).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2019, last update 2019-03-25

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