Champagne village profile: Montreuil-aux-Lions, the westernmost of all Champagne villages

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest
Vineyards and grape varieties: 18.1 hectares (44.7 acres), of which 77% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 3% Chardonnay.
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 departmental border between Aisne (where Montreuil-aux-Lions 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.

Neighbouring villages

Southeast: Bézu-le-Guéry
Comment: the villages to the north and east on the map are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

The town hall (mairie) in Montreuil-aux-Lions. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Thor19, 2011).

The village

Bézu-le-Guéry is located on the right bank of the Marne river, which means to the north of the river. Bézu-le-Guéry is the westernmost of all villages within the Champagne appellation.

The commune includes several hamlets. Close to the vineyards we find Les Maillons (south of the main village) and La Savoie (east of the main village).

The Montreuil-aux-Lions commune covers 1299 hectares and has 1373 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Montreuillois and Montreuilloises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Montreuil-aux-Lions are located to the southeast of the village and are mostly southwest-facing. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

Just outside the village we find the westernmost vineyard of the Champagne wine region at 3° 11’ 44” W, where the westernmost part is the lower part of the slope. The easternmost is found in Colombey-les-Deux-Églises in the Bar-sur-Aubois village at 4° 54’ 23” E.

The current vineyard surface in the Montreuil-aux-Lions commune is 18.1 hectares (44.7 acres). There are 14.0 ha Pinot Meunier (77.3%), 3.6 ha Pinot Noir (19.9%), and 0.5 ha Chardonnay (2.8%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 17 ha. There are 2 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.

  • Yves Guittard (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Montreuil-aux-Lions, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2011).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2019

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