Champagne village profile: Saint-Amand-sur-Fion in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

East: Lisse-en-Champagne
Southeast and south: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Saint-Amand-sur-Fion is located about 9 km to the north of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. Saint-Amand-sur-Fion is more populous than most other Champagne villages of the area.

The Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune has a surface of 2840 hectares and has 1060 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Godins and Godines.

The town hall (mairie) of Saint-Amand-sur-Fion. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2017).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion are located in two blocks to the east of the village, and is composed of mild southwest- to south-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Lisse-en-Champagne. Chardonnay is the only grape variety in the vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune is 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres). There are 12.3 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 7 hectares. There are 24 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

History

Viticulture in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion and the rest of the Vitryat area has a long history, and compared to the current situation today, it was much more extensive until the 19th century. Several sources from the years 1736-1778 give figures of 194-228.5 ha of vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, with some decline around 1770 due to a vine disease. The land register 1790-1791 showed that Saint-Amand-sur-Fion was one of four communes in the Vitryat with more than 200 ha of vineyards. Later, the vineyard surface in the area reduced slowly, followed by a faster decline following the Phylloxera epidemic.

In 1927, there was still 62 ha of vineyards, but Saint-Amand-sur-Fion fell out of the Champagne wine region due to the regulations that were created thereafter and in the mid-20th century. A review of the Vitryat area was initiated by the INAO in 1962, but it was only in 1989 when Saint-Amand-sur-Fion was (re)admitted into the appellation, then as one of 13 communes in the Vitryat. Initially, 3 ha on the Côte Adam was approved, and later another 9 ha of vineyards were approved, corresponding to the 12.3 ha there were cultivated in 2013.

New plantations were initiated between 1969 and 1973, and continued in 1989-1990, following the formal decision.

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.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, Église Saint-Amand. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo GO69, 2013).

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Champagne village profile: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 31.7 hectares (78.3 acres), of which 97.2% Chardonnay and 2.8% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Autre cru (85%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

Northeast: Lisse-en-Champagne
East: Bassuet
Southwest: Couvrot
Northwest and north: Saint-Amand-sur-Fion
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne is located about 9 km to the northnortheast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area.

The Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne commune has a surface of 856 hectares and has 264 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Escarnots and Escarnotes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne are located in two blocks to the east of the village, and is composed of mild south- and southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Bassuet. Chardonnay dominates greatly in the vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne commune is 31.7 hectares (78.3 acres). There are 30.8 ha Chardonnay (97.2%) and 0.9 ha Pinot Noir (2.8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 25 hectares. There are 41 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.

  • Yann Henry (RC, Facebook page), has vineyards in Saint Lumier-en-Champagne, Merlaut, and Vavray-le-Grand with 95% Chardonnay and 5% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Bassuet in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 89.8 hectares (221.9 acres), of which 95.9% Chardonnay, 3.3% Pinot Meunier, and 0.9% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Autre cru (85%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if it exists.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

Northeast: Bassu
Eastnortheast: Vavray-le-Petit
East: Vavray-le-Grand
South: Changy
West: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne
Northwest: Lisse-en-Champagne
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Bassuet as seen from the north, with vineyards in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Bassuet is located about 9 km  to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. Bassuet has a more central location among the vine-growing villages, and has both the largest vineyard area and the largest concentration of Champagne producers among the Vitryat villages.

The Bassuet commune has a surface of 842 hectares and has 256 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Bachotains and Bachotaines.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Bassuet are located in the northern part of the commune as well as to the southeast of the village, and consist mostly of mild southeast-facing slopes. The vineyards to the north are located on a low ridge that also stretch into Bassu and Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne. The vineyards to the southeast are continuous with those in Vavray-le-Grand. Chardonnay dominates greatly in the vineyards.

The current vineyard surface in the Bassuet commune is 89.8 hectares (221.9 acres). There are 86.1 ha Chardonnay (95.9%), 3.0 ha Pinot Meunier (3.3%), and 0.8 ha Pinot Noir (0.9%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 58 hectares. There are 93 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Vineyards in the northern part of Bassuet. The village is visible in the distance in the left part of the frame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.

  • L’Hoste Père & Fils (NM, Facebook page), has 15 ha of vineyards with 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Bernard Lonclas (NM). The range includes two vintage Champagnes: the regular millésime composed of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Meunier from old vines, and Vintage which is a blanc de blancs.

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.

  • H. Baty (RC, Facebook page)
  • Bolieu (RM, Facebook page), formerly Baffard-Ortillon-Beaulieu, a member of the small grower organisation Passion Chardonnay with 6.5 ha of vineyards. The name change to Bolieu took place on 1 April 2017, and the new name is a short form of the old “B…-O…-(Beau)lieu”. The producer code was formerly RC, but has been RM since at least 2014.
  • André Chauré (RM)
  • Jean-Louis Chauré (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with an annual production of 60 000 flaskor. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Dantan Oudit (RC), has 5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Glé-Flammang (RC)
  • Oudart-Ortillon (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Cooperative

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Vinicole La Renaissance is a cooperative in Bassuet.

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Champagne village profile: Changy in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 12.4 hectares (30.6 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

Southwest: Merlaut
Westsouthwest: Vitry-en-Perthois
North: Bassuet
Northeast: Vavray-le-Grand
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The village

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Kommunen Changys vapen. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (skapad av Yann Gwilhoù, 2008).

Changy is located about 8 km to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area.

The Changy commune has a surface of 626 hectares and has 116 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Camiciens and Camiciennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Changy are located in the northern part of the commune, close to the D982 road, and is situated on a mild southeast-facing slope. The vineyards are planted to Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Changy commune is 12.4 hectares (30.6 acres). There are 12.4 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 4 hectares. There are 36 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

There are information that Changy was accepted into the Champagne appellation only in the 1990s.

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.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Merlaut in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 6.7 hectares (16.6 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

North: Changy
Westsouthwest: Vitry-en-Perthois
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Entry to Merlaut from the south. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

The village

Merlaut is located about 7 km to the northeast of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. The village is located close to the stream La Chée.

The Merlaut commune has a surface of 504 hectares and has 245 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Merlaudiers and Merlaudières.

The town hall (mairie) of Merlaut. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Merlaut are located in the northern part of the commune, at the D982 road and the border to the Changy commune. They are situated on a mild south-facing slope, and consist of Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Merlaut commune is 6.7 hectares (16.6 acres). There are 6.7 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 3 hectares. There are 19 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The stream La Chée at Merlaut. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Ketounette, 2016).

Champagne producers

I haven’t found any producer which has their seat in Merlaut.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Loisy-sur-Marne in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 5.8 hectares (14.3 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

East: Couvrot
Eastsoutheast: Vitry-en-Perthois
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Loisy-sur-Marne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

Loisy-sur-Marne is located about 4 km northnorthwest of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area, close to the Canal latéral à la Marne.

The Loisy-sur-Marne commune has a surface of 1407 hectares and has 1085 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Loisyats and Loisyates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Loisy-sur-Marne contain Chardonnay only.

The current vineyard surface in the Loisy-sur-Marne commune is 5.8 hectares (14.3 acres). There are 5.8 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 3 hectares. There are 9 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Street in Loisy-sur-Marne with the church (Église Saint-Juvin) in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

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.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Links

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Champagne village profile: Couvrot in the Vitryat

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 21.8 hectares (53.9 acres), of which 96.8% Chardonnay, 1.8% Pinot Meunier, and 1.4% Pinot Noir.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)

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 Vitryat highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

Northeast: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne
Eastsoutheast: Vitry-en-Perthois
West: Loisy-sur-Marne
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Couvrot. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo MTOURE51, 2014).

The village

Couvrot is located about 4 km north of Vitry-le-François, the central town of the area, at the Canal latéral à la Marne.

The Couvrot commune has a surface of 805 hectares and has 885 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Couvrotiers and Couvrotières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Couvrot are located on low south-facing ridges in the centre of the commune. The vineyards are completely dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Couvrot commune is 21.8 hectares (53.9 acres). There are 21.1 ha Chardonnay (96.8%), 0.4 ha Pinot Meunier (1.8%), and 0.3 ha Pinot Noir (1.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 7 hectares. There are 27 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The church in Couvrot, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto MTOURE51, 2014).

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.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The Canal latéral à la Marne at Couvrot. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Maarten Sepp, 2011).

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