Champagne village profile: Chantemerle in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 33.6 hectares (83.0 acres), of which 92% Chardonnay and 8% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 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 Sézannais 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

North: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy (but mostly beyond La Celle-sous-Chantemerle)
East: La Celle-sous-Chantemerle
West: Bethon
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

Chantemerle is located about 12 km southsouthwest of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

The Chantemerle commune covers 851 hectares and has 48 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Chantemerliers and Chantemerlières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Chantemerle commune are located in an east-west band through the commune, at the level of the village. They are mostly located on on mild south-facing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Chantemerle commune is 33.6 hectares (83.0 acres). There are 31.0 ha Chardonnay (92.3%) and 2.6 ha Pinot Noir (7.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 30 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Chantemerle, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

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.

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Champagne village profile: La Celle-sous-Chantemerle in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 88.9 hectares (219.7 acres), of which 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir, and 0.1% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 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 Sézannais 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

North/northeast: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy
West: Chantemerle
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

La Celle-sous-Chantemerle is located about 11 km south of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

The La Celle-sous-Chantemerle commune covers 1203 hectares and has 159 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Celliers and Cellières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in La Celle-sous-Chantemerle commune is located in the northern part of the commune, immediately to the north of the village. The vineyards to the north are continuous with those in Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy. They are mostly located on mild south- to eastfacing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the La Celle-sous-Chantemerle commune is 88.9 hectares (219.7 acres). There are 70.8 ha Chardonnay (79.6%), 18.0 ha Pinot Noir (20.2%), and 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 84 ha. There are 159 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including La Celle-sous-Chantemerle, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”

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.

  • David Hébert (RM)
  • Pierre Jamain (RM), a member of Vigneron Indépendants with 3.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Chardonnay (refers to the 2006 vintage).
  • Jean-Marie Marcoult (RC), also JM Marcoult et Fils, has vineyards in La Celle-sous Chantemerle, Barbonne-Fayel, Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy, and Broyes, among others. Has sold Champagnes under their own name since 1980. The range includes four vintage Champagnes: the regular composed of 60% Pinot Meunier, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), a blanc de blancs, Vieilles Vignes composed of a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2011 vintage), and Cuvée Prestige composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2011 vintage).
  • Frédéric Orcin (RM). The top Champagne is called Prestige.
  • Poullain-Truffet (RM), also Jean-Pierre Poullain-Truffet.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 120,6 hectares (298.0 acres), of which 68% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Noir, and 0.6% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 85%).
Also called: Fontaine-Denis

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 Sézannais 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

North: Barbonne-Fayel
South: La Celle-sous-Chantemerle
Southwest: Chantemerle
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

Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy is located about 10 km south of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

The central village in the commune is called Fontaine-Denis, and the hamlet Nuisy is located to the east along the D350 road.

The Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy commune covers 1317 hectares and has 235 inhabitants (as of), referred to as Fontenats and Fontenates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy commune is located around the Fontaine-Denis village. They are located on mild east- to south-facing slopes. In the south, the vineyards are continuous with those in La Celle-sous-Chantemerle. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy commune is 120.6 hectares (298.0 acres). There are 81.8 ha Chardonnay (67.8%), 38.1 ha Pinot Noir (31.6%), and 0.7 ha Pinot Meunier (0.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 116 ha. There are 144 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy include, amont others:

  • Les Vignes, a mild southeast-facing site located immediately to the northnorthwest of the village. René Collet has old Pinot Noir vines here, used for the rosé Anthime Sensation.

Other sites include e.g. Les Caves, La Chaux, La Côte Baron, Coutinaux, En Louche, Les Frots, Gitons, Les Guyottes, Les Limons, Les Longaines, Les Tessards.

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.

The entrance to Fontaine-Denis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2016).

  • René Collet (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5.0 ha of vineyards with 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier. The regular René Collet range (where some cuvées still are cooperative-produced) include three vintage Champagnes: a regular composed of a third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinor Noir (refers to the 2007 vintage), Vieilles Vignes with the same composition (refers to the 2009 vintage), and a Blanc de Blancs. Empreinte is a range of  nonvintage Champagnes with some proportion of oak. Anthime is a range of fully oak barrel-vinified, and is produced in small quantities. Of these, the rosé Sensation is based on old vine Pinot Noir in the single vineyard site Les Vignes. René Collet indicates many technical details on the back label.
    History
    Originally sold the grapes, was a cooperative member from 1973, and decided in 2002 to run the entire production in-house.
  • Pascal Diot (RM)
  • Cédric Guyot (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants and the small grower organisation SECRAIE with 5.6 ha of vineyards with 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, mostly in Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy. Has an annual production of 35 000-40 000 bottles. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: a regular composed of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay (and which seems to exist in two bottle forms) and a blanc de blancs.
    History
    Started to sell bottles under the Cédric Guyot name in 2004. Has a background within Patrice Guyot (the name used from 1985), which used to be known as Gaston Guyot.
  • Patrice Guyot (RM), history, see Cédric Guyot above.
  • Benoît Mahieux (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Michel Rosay (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

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Champagne village profile: Barbonne-Fayel in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 265.2 hectares (655.3 acres), of which 70% Chardonnay, 29% Pinot Noir, 1% Pinot Meunier, and 0.04% others.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 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 Sézannais 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

North: Saudoy
South: Fontaine-Denis-Nuisy
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

View over Barbonne-Fayel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).

The village

Barbonne-Fayel is located about 7 km south of Sézanne, the central town of this area. Barbonne-Fayel is the largest of the other villages in the area.

The Barbonne-Fayel commune covers 2435 hectares and has 497 inhabitants (as of 2014). The inhabitants are called Barbonnots and Barbonnottes.

The town hall (mairie) of Barbonne-Fayel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Barbonne-Fayel commune is located to the west of the village, between it and the edge of the forest as well as around the D951 road in the southern part of the commune. They are located on mild east- to south-facing slopes. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Barbonne-Fayel commune is 265.2 hectares (655.3 acres). There are 186.6 ha Chardonnay (70.4%), 75.8 ha Pinot Noir (28.6%), 2.7 ha Pinot Meunier (1.0%), and 0.1 ha others (0.04%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 253 ha. There are 105 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Barbonne-Fayel, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Barbonne-Fayel include, among others:

  • Les Bonnots, a site with a mild slope westsouthwest of the village. Michel Marcoult Père et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from here, a rosé saignée from 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Les Carabins, a site with a mild slope westsouthwest of the village. Michel Marcoult Père et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from here, a 100% Pinot Noir.
  • Les Macrêts, a site with a mild south-facing slopes northwest of the village. Michel Marcoult Père et Fils produces a vineyard-designated Champagne from here, a 100% Chardonnay from old vines.
  • Les Maillons, the northernmost vineyard site in the commune, locate close to the border to Saudoy and the edge of the forest to the west. Of 6 ha, 2.5 ha are owned by the excellent small grower Ulysse Collin in Congy, who has Pinot Noir in this site. Two vineyard-designated Champagne from 100% Pinot Noir are produced, a white and from the 2011 vintage also a rosé.

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. SR = société de récoltants, owned by a number of growers of the same family and sells under its own name.

  • La Bar La Bonne (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Paul Guillot (RM), also Marcoult-Guillot.
  • Henri Landréa
  • Pierre Launay (RM), has 14 ha of vineyards of which 2/3 in Sézannais (Barbonne-Fayel and Broyes) and 1/3 in Barsequanis (Loches-sur-Ource, Buxeuil, and Gyé-sur-Seine). Has 51.5% Pinot Noir, 46% Chardonnay, and 2.5% Pinot Meunier in the vineyards. The range includes three vintage Champagnes, a regular composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage), a blanc de blancs consisting of  Chardonnay from Barbonne-Fayel, and Rubis, a rosé de saignée from 100% Pinot Noir. The company name is Champavigne.
  • Frédéric Leroy (RC)
  • Lheritier (Facebook page)
  • Michel Marcoult Père et Fils (RM, Facebook page), on the label written Marcoult Michel, a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 9.5 ha of vineyards, of which just over half in Sézannais and the rest in Vitryat and Côte des Bar. The range includes a vintage Champagne and three vineyards-designated Champagnes that are all vinified in oak barrels: Les Macrêts, a 100% Chardonnay from old vines, Les Bonnots, a rosé saignée from 100% Pinot Noir, and Les Carabins, a 100% Pinot Noir raised in acaia wooda.
  • Ronald Marcoult
  • Denis Pasquet (RC)
  • G. Richomme (SR), which has 11 ha of vineyards, of which 88% in Barbonne-Fayel and 12% in Bar-sur-Seine, and an annual production of about 50 000 bottles. The range includes a vintage Champagne which is 100% Chardonnay. 70 is a anniversary Champagne, from the 2011 vintage, produced for the producer’s 70th anniversary, and is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. The top Champagne is called Fût de Chêne and is an oak barrel-vinified 100% Chardonnay.
  • Triclot Père et Fils (RC)
  • Jean-Claude Verlet (RC)
  • Verlet-Lelarge (RC)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Barbonne-Fayel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).

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Champagne village profile: Saudoy in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 78.3 hectares (193.5 acres), of which 94% Chardonnay, 6% Pinot Noir, 0.1% Pinot Meunier, and 0.3% others.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 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 Sézannais 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

North: Vindey
South: Saudoy
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) in Saudoy with the church (Église Saint-Martin) in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).

The village

Saudoy is located just south of Sézanne, the central town of the area.

Other than Saudoy itself, which is located at the main road (D951) on the plains, the commune also includes the hamlet Le Plessis, which is located to the northwest, along the D453 road to Vindey.

The Saudoy commune covers 1266 hectares and has 366 inhabitants (as of 2014). The inhabitants of Le Plessis has their own name/gentiléPlessoyots and Plessoyottes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Saudoy commune are located around Saudoy and Le Plessis. They are located on mild slopes, mostly facing southeast. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Vindey commune is 78.3 hectares (193.5 acres). There are 73.6 ha Chardonnay (94.0%), 4.4 ha Pinot Noir (5.6%), 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.1%), and 0.2 ha others (0.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 77 ha. There are 51 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Saudoy, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

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.

  • Luc Bourmault (RM)
  • Armand Duplessis, which is run by Jean-Christophe Léglantier. The name refers to cardinal Richelieu.
  • René Gatine (RC, Facebook page)
  • Serge Lefèvre (RC), with the company name Les Pinoches.
  • Gérard Léglantier (Facebook page)
  • Vincent Léglantier, whose range includes a vintage Champagne with one third each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Ménéclier (RC), also Alfred Ménéclier.
  • Vignier (Facebook page), has 9 ha vineyards in Saudoy, Sézanne, Barbonne-Fayel, andPlessis-Saudoy. The whole range is made up of vintage Champagnes: two composed of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier where one is called Prestige, two blanc de blanc where one is called I.D., and a rosé.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The entry to Saudoy from the south along the D951 road. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Goglins, 2013).

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Champagne village profile: Vindey in the Sézannais

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 75.7 hectares (187.1 acres), of which 84% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir, 1% Pinot Meunier, and 0.1% övrigt.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 85%).

Map

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 Sézannais 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

North: Sézanne
South: Saudoy
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

Vindey is located just south of Sézanne, which is the central town of this area. The village is located rather close to the edge of the forest to the west, surrounded by vineyards, rather than down on the flatter agricultural land.

The Vindey commune covers 794 hectares and has 127 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Vindotiers and Vindotières.

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Vindey commune are located around the village. They are situated on mild slopes, mostly facing southeast. The vineyards in the northern part of the commune are continuous with those in Sézanne. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Vindey commune is 75.7 hectares (187.1 acres). There are 63.5 ha Chardonnay (83.9%), 11.3 ha Pinot Noir (14.9%), 0.8 ha Pinot Meunier (1.1%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 75 ha. There are 39 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Vindey, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

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.

  • Alain Depoivre (RM), has 3 ha vineyards. The top Champagne is called Prestige and is a 100% Chardonnay sold with some additional age.
  • Bernard Depoivre (RM, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Yves Depoivre (RM)
  • Bertrand Doyard (RM), has 4.3 ha with 62% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, and 12% Pinot Meunier. The top Cgampagne Vieilles Vignes is a 100% Pinot Noir from old vines. Sells most of its Champagnes under the brand Bernard Doyard.
  • Michel Peligri (RM)

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

A 1904 postcard showing Vindey. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

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Sézanne, the central town in the Sézannais area of Champagne

Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Sézannais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 206.1 hectares (509.3 acres), of which 66% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87% and 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 Sézannais highlighted.

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

Neighbouring villages

Northeast: Broyes
South: Vindey
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Sézanne as seen from the north, with vineyards in the foreground. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo David Iliff, 2011).

The village

The town of Sézanne has lent its name of the Sézannais area. It is the most populous place in the southwestern part of the Marne department, and the eleventh most populous commune in Marne.

The Sézanne commune covers 2282 hectares and has 5055 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Sézannais and Sézannaises.

The town hall (hôtel de ville) in Sézanne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Coyau, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in the Sézanne commune are located both to the north and to the south. They are located on mild slopes mostly facing southeast, with some deviations where the landscape undulates. The vineyards are continuous with those in Vindey. Chardonnay is the most common grape variety, in similarity to all other villages in the Sézannais area, but Sézanne does have a bit more of Pinot Meunier than any other village of this area.

The current vineyard surface in the Sézanne commune is 206.1 hectares (509.3 acres). There are 137.0 ha Chardonnay (66.5%), 37.5 ha Pinot Meunier (18.2%), and 31.6 ha Pinot Noir (15.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 201 ha. There are 67 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Higher rating for Chardonnay

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru, 90-99% = premier cru, and 80-89% = ”autre cru”,  a smaller number of villages were rated differently for white and black grapes, i.e., for Chardonnay (white) and for Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (black). The 12 villages in the Sézannais, including Sézanne, were among these, with 87% for white grapes and 85% for black grapes, which in both cases meant ”autre cru”.

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.

  • Maurice Dugay (RM), who also sells Champagnes under the brand Comte de Montgivroux (Comte is written Cte on the labels). The vintage Champagne is part of the latter range.
  • Pierre Pinard (RM), member of the Vignerons Indépendants with 14 ha of vineyards, of which 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is called Cité des Mails and is composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The top cuvée is Fût de Chêne, which is oak barrel vinified and is composed of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

The church in Sézanne, Église Saint-Denis. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Denys, 2008).

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