You might be forgiven if you have never heard of Trélou-sur-Marne and indeed that’s not surprising.
The village has a distinction that it was not keen to publicise: it was at Trélou that phylloxera was first discovered in the Champagne region on 6th August 1890 and even though more than a century has past since phylloxera ravaged the vineyards this claim to fame is not something that the people in Trélou really want to promote
The village is about 30 kilometres west of Epernay down the Vallée de la Marne, just past the town of Dormans where the river is broad and lazy and where one leaves the department of Marne and enters the department of l’Aisne. This particular part of Champagne is called Condé-en-Brie.
Trélou is on the right bank of the river, meaning that the slopes are mainly south facing and enjoy relatively high sunshine resulting in harvest dates that are often a few days earlier than many neighbouring villages in La Vallée de La Marne.
The dominant varietal is Meunier representing some 250 hectares of the 350 hectares planted with vines in this terroir.
Champagnes from Trélou have the fruity character typical of this region and this grape.