In August 2014, I started to add profiles of the 319 villages in the Champagne appellation. I upload them as regular blog posts and I described this project in the post Upcoming on this blog: profiles of Champagne villages. A current update can be found in an area (“widget”) on the right-hand side of the blog, a short bit down.
In terms of the 17 areas that the Union des Maisons de Champagne (UMC) use to group the 319 villages into, this is the situation:
- Grande Vallée de la Marne, 9 villages, finished! Started 5 Aug 2014 with Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and finished 21 Aug 2014 with Aÿ.
- Grande Montagne de Reims, 25 villages, finished! Started 13 Aug 2014 with Tours-sur-Marne and finished 28 Sep 2014 with Villers-Allerand.
- Vesle et Ardre, 52 villages, finished! Started 2 Oct 2014 with Villers-aux-Nœuds in the Petite Montagne de Reims, second to last was Janvry on 12 Mar 2015, and finished 22 May 2016 with Reims.
- Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite, 24 villages, finished! Started 24 Mar 2015 with Damery and finished 24 June 2014 with Olizy.
- Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche, 16 villages, finished! Started 7 Apr 2015 with Mardeuil and finished 19 Apr 2016 with Orbais-l’Abbaye.
- Massif de Saint-Thierry, 15 villages finished! Started 13 May 2015 with Merfy and finished 5 November 2015 with Montigny-sur-Vesle.
- Côteaux Sud d’Épernay, 13 villages, finished! Started 8 July 2015 with Pierry and finished 7 Aug 2015 with Moslins.
- Côte des Blancs, 13 villages, finished! Started 15 August 2015 with Grauves and finished 6 Jan 2016 with Vertus.
- Val du Petit Morin, 18 villages, finished! Started 6 November 2015 with Congy and finished 27 March 2016 with Bergères-sous-Montmirail.
- Barséquanais, 33 villages, finished! Started 26 November 2015 with Celles-sur-Ource. and finished 8 Aug 2016 with Saint-Usage.
- Montgueux, 1 village, finished! Posted 4 May 2016.
- Bar-sur-Aubois, 30 villages. Started 14 Aug 2016 with Champignol-lez-Mondeville.
- All 17 grand cru villages covered as of 1 Jan 2016 when Le Mesnil-sur-Oger was added.
- All 42 premier cru villages covered as of 6 Jan 2016 when Vertus was added.
I usually don’t upload more than one village profile per day, and I also write area profiles and also other blog posts now and then. Since I have “used up” most of the most well-known and traditionally interesting villages early on, I will probably want to increase the proportion of other blog posts later on, so close to three years may be a realistic forecast. This would mean something like early 2017.
Village profile #100 was La Neuville-aux-Larris, added 15 May 2015.
The profiles of the villages can be accessed via the pages for each area that are accessible as “drop-down” subpages to this page, as well as via the alphabetical list (A-V) of all villages.
Google Maps view with all villages in the Champagne appellation. Grand cru villages are in green, premier cru villages in yellow, and autre cru villages in orange. Villages not yet profiled are shown in a lighter hue. (Based on the Swedish versions of the profiles, I’m sometimes a few villages behind in translating them into English.)
Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.
- UMC’s start page about about Aire géographique, describing the division into areas that I have used. The areas can be reach by clicking on the respective subregion.
Last update 2016-08-27