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

Diagram Puisieulx 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 18.8 hectares (46.5 acres), of which 53% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Meunier.
Classification: Grand cru (100%)
Noted for: Being one of the rather anonymous grand cru villages, the pronunciation of which is difficult to decipher for non-French speakers.

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, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


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

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

Neighbouring villages

East and southeast: Sillery (grand cru)
South: Mailly-Champagne (grand cru)
Southwest: Ludes (premier cru)
West: Taissy (premier cru)
Northnorthwest: Reims
North: Cernay-lès-Reims (in the Monts de Berru area)
Northnortheast: Nogent-l’Abbesse (in the Monts de Berru area)

The village

The town hall (mairie) of Puisieulx. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2011).

The Puisieulx village is located on flatter land below the actual Montagne de Reims slope, where the neighbours Mailly-Champagne and Ludes are located, and it is therefore close to the A4 highway.

The Puisieulx commune covers 907 hectares, has a oblong shape, and counts 401 inhabitants (as of 2013), called Puisieutins and Puisieutines.

In the northern part of the commune, close to the D944 road, we find Fort de la Pompelle, a fortification from the 1870s that was used during World War I. Since 1972, this fort is a museum.

Fort de la Pompelle. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Les Meloures, 2007).

Vineyards

The vineyards consist of mild southeast-facing slopes and are located in the southern part of the commune, and are all in a block that stretch across the border to Sillery.

The current vineyard surface in the Puisieulx commune is 18.8 hectares (46.5 acres). There are 10.0 ha Pinot Noir (53.2%), 6.0 ha Chardonnay (31.9%), 2.7 ha Pinot Meunier (14.4%), and 0.1 others (0.5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 19 ha. There are 35 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

One of the Champagne houses that control vineyards in Puisieulx is Ruinart, and Chardonnay from Puisieulx (and Sillery, the neighbouring village) usually enters the blend of Dom Ruinart, their prestige Champagne.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Petits Vignes is a site with a southeast-facing slope with light soil on top of chalky soil. Two vineyard-designated Champagnes are produced from this site: François Secondé in Sillery produces non-vintage solera Champagne, composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, launched in 2015(?), and J.P. Secondé in Mailly-Champagne produces a non-vintage 100% Pinot Noir, that also seems to have been launched recently.

Other sites in Puisieulx includes La Vigne de Romont.

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.

  • François Chaumont (RM) is located in the Œuilly village in the Vallée de la Marne, but has all of their 5 ha (2/3 Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay) in Puisieulx. François Chaumont used to be the only producer of monocru Champagnes from Puisieulx. François Chaumont is married to Marie-Hélène Littière, daughter of the champagne producer Michel Littière in Œuilly, which is the reason why the production takes place there, after having previously been done at a cooperative. The independent production was initiated in 2008, and the range includes a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Ludovic Dumont (RC) seems to have been located in Puisieulx earlier, but can now be found in Chigny-les-Roses.
  • Michel Duval (RC)

Comment: The list is probably not complete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2017-08-19

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