Champagne village profile: Louvois, a grand cru village in the Grande Montagne de Reims

Diagram Louvois 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 41.0 hectares (101.3 acres), of which 81% Pinot Noir, 18% Chardonnay, and 0.2% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Grand cru (100%)
Noted for: Pinot Noir from grand cru vineyards.
Other information: from 2016 a part of the Val-de-Livre commune.

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 indicates other open terrain, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Grande Montagne de Reims highlighted. The grand cru villages are in green, the premier cru villages are in yellow, and the autre cru villages in orange. The light green box shows the Perle blanche area.

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

Neighbouring villages

Southwest: Tauxières-Mutry (premier cru)
Southeast: Bouzy (grand cru)

The village

The former town hall (mairie) of Louvois. The pictures is linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

Louvois is located on the south side of the Montagne de Reims, where the landscape changes from vineyards and open land to forest above Tauxières-Mutry and Bouzy. The vineyards are located at the southern edge of the commune.

The Louvois commune covers 1217 hectares and counts 301 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Louveteaux.

In Louvois, there is a palace by the name Château de Louvois, with a history going back to the 13th century although the present buildings were reconstructed in the 19th century. Since 1989, it is owned by Laurent-Perrier.

Château de Louvois. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2012).

Val-de-Livre

Since 1 January 2016, Louvois is a so-called commune déléguée within the merged commune Val-de-Livre, which is of the type commune nouvelle. This is a rather new type of merged commune which means that some functions are kept within the communes déléguées, rather than the former communes completely disappearing in the merged commune. The new commune was formed by Louvois and Tauxières-Mutry, and it resulted in 2234 hectares and 589 inhabitants (as of 2013 in the former communes). The town hall of the new commune is located in Tauxières-Mutry.

Vineyards

The vineyards, which are located exclusive in the southern outskirts of the commune, are continuous with those of Bouzy. The commune border goes straight through (or rather, follows a zig-zag pattern through) the vineyards northwest of Bouzy.

On the now-defunct  échelle des crus, Louvois was rated 100%, which has made it a grand cru village in similarity to its neighbour Bouzy, while the other neighbouring village Tauxières-Mutry was rated 99% and became a premier cru.

The current vineyard surface in the Louvois commune is 41.0 hectares (101.3 acres). There are 33.4 ha Pinot Noir (81.5%), 7.5 ha Chardonnay (18.3%), and 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 41 ha. There are 40 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne houses that control vineyards in the village include Bollinger, Piper Heidsieck, and Roederer.

Champagne producers

Major Champagne houses, members of Union des Maisons de Champagne

  • Laurent-Perrier’s Château de Louvois is located in the village, but their main site is in Tours-sur-Marne.

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.

  • André Boever (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Pierre Boever (RM), see also the video clip below. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Not to be confused with Pierre Boever & Fils in Tauxières-Mutry.
  • Eric Bunel (RM), whose range also includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2000 vintage).
  • Guy de Chassey (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 9.5 ha of vineyards in Louvois, Bouzy, and Tauxières-Mutry, with 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2004 vintage). Cuvée Antide is an oak barrel-vinified non-vintage cuvée composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from old vines.
  • Serge Faÿe (RM), has 4.69 ha of vineyards with 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay.
  • Gaudriller (RC)
  • Serge Gaudriller (RM)
  • Hilbert (RC), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Guy Méa (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants. The range includes a vintage Champagne named Cuvée des Loups.
  • Pierson Cuvelier (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants, has 12 ha of vineyards and an annual production of about 100 000 flaskor. The range includes a vintage Champagne and a still red wine, a Bouzy Rouge.

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 de Tauxières Louvois is a cooperative for Louvois and the neighbouring village Tauxières-Mutry. Doesn’t seem to have a website and I Haven’t found any brand of their own.

Other

Stills at Guillon. Picture linkde from Wikimedia Commons (photo ADT Marne, 2015).

  • Distillerie Guillon, a producer of single malt whisky, is also located in Louvois. As far as I understand, it is the most well-known whisky producer in this part of France. Apparently, quite a bit of barley is produed in Ardennes-Champagne region, so sourcing malt locally is no problem.

Video clips

A video collage composed of old postcards from the 20th century, featuring views of Louvois.

In the TV series Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure (2006), Oz Clarke and James May made a visit to Pierre Boever in Louvois.

The whole episode on Champagne can be seen in two parts here and here.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2016-07-24

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