Champagne village profile: Taissy, a premier cru village in the Grande Montagne de Reims and suburb of Reims

Diagram Taissy 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 145.9 hectares (360.5 acres), of which 38% Chardonnay, 36% Pinot Meunier, and 26% Pinot Noir.
Classification:
 Premier cru (94%)
Noted for: The location of Thiénot’s production, but mostly for being a suburb on the southeastern side of Reims.

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 are in green, the premier cru villages including Taissy are in yellow, and the autre cru villages in orange. The Perle blanche ares 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

North: Reims
West: Trois-Puits (premier cru)
Northwest: Cormontreuil (premier cru)
Southeast: Puisieulx (grand cru)
South: Ludes (premier cru)
Southwest: Rilly-la-Montagne (premier cru)
Westsouthwest: Montbré (premier cru)

The town hall (Mairie) of Taissy. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2012).

The village

The Taissy village is continuous with Reims and its other southeastern suburbs.

The Taissy commune covers 1153 hectares and a major highway junction, and counts 2261 inhabitants (as of 2013) referred to as Taissotins and Taissotines.

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

Vineyards

The vineyards, that are located in the southwestern part of the commune, consist of north-facing slopes on the lower parts of the Montagne de Reims slope.

The current vineyard surface in the Taissy commune is 145.9 hectares (360.5 acres). There are 54.9 ha Chardonnay (37.6%), 53.0 ha Pinot Meunier (36.3%), and 38.0 ha Pinot Noir (26.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 146 ha. There are 29 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne house that control vineyards in Taissy include Cattier and Moët & Chandon.

Champagne producers

Major Champagne houses, members of the Union des Maisons de Champagne

  • Marie Stuart is owned by Groupe Thiénot since 1994, but since they have no production facilities of their own today, these are shared with Champagne Thiénot (see below), i.e., are found in Taissy and in Reims. The top cuvée is called Passion d’une Reine and is composed of 52% Chardonnay, 28% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.
  • Thiénot has a large facility in Taissy, but also a facility on a more posh address in Reims. The house is part of Groupe Thiénot, which is also the owner of the houses Joseph Perrier (in Châlons-en-Champagne), Canard-Duchêne (in Ludes) and Marie Stuart (see above). The regular Thiénot Brut and Thiénot Rosé are both produced using 45% reserve wines, which is a high proportion. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir. The range includes a number of cuvées named for family members: Cuvée Alain Thienot is a vintage Champagne composed of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Cuvée Stanislas is a vintage blanc de blancs, and Cuvée Garance is a vintage Champagne from 100% Pinot Noir. The top Champagne, La Vigne aux Gamins, is sourced from a vineyard in Avize and is a vintage 100% Chardonnay.
    History
    Champagne Thiénot was founded in 1985 by Alain Thiénot and was called Champagne Alain Thiénot until 2002.

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.

  • Olivier Brochet (RM), has 18 ha of vineyards in the Montagne de Reims and the  Vallée de la Marne. Specifies Caves à Taissy” on the label but also an address in Reims.
  • Gondé-Rousseaux, has 4 ha of vineyards in Taissy and an annual production of 10 000 bottles. The range includes a vintage Champagne and Blanc de Fût, which is an oak barrel-vinified Chardonnay.

Comment: The list may be incomplete.

Former producers

  • Barthelemy was formerly located in Taissy, but can be found in Pierry since July 2013.

The church in Taissy, Église Notre-Dame. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (foto G.Garitan, 2012).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last updated 2016-07-08

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