Champagne village profile: Trois-Puits, a premier cru village between Reims and Montagne de Reims

Diagram Trois-Puits 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 40.1 hectares (99.1 acres), of which 59% Pinot Meunier, 32% Pinot Noir, and 9% Chardonnay.
Classification: Premier cru (94%)

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 orange is built-up areas.


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 Trois-Puits 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

Northeast: Cormontreuil (premier cru)
East: Taissy (premier cru)
South: Montbré (premier cru)
Northwest: Reims

The village

The church in Trois-Puits, Église Saint-Etienne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérald Garitan, 2010).

Trois-Puits is located below the northern side of the Montagne de Reims hill, on the southern outskirts of Reims.

The Trois-Puits commune covers 214 hectares and has 158 inhabitants (as of 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Trois-Puits consist of mild south-facing slopes below the actual Montagne de Reims slope, and are continuous with those in Montbré.

The current vineyard surface in the Trois-Puits commune is 40.1 hectares (99.1 acres). There are 23.7 ha Pinot Meunier (59.1%), 12.7 ha Pinot Noir (31.7%), 3.6 ha Chardonnay (9.1%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 41 ha. There are 21 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.

  • Pierre Trichet (NM), former name Trichet-Didier, has vineyards in Trois-Puis and Verzy as well as in Trigny and Hermonville in Massif de Saint-Thierry. The vintage Champagnes are called L´Exception, composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage), and Secret d’Or. Also rents out rooms.

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.

  • Pierre Baillette (RM), has 3.65 ha of vineyards in Trois-Puits, Rilly-la-Montagne, and Verzenay. Led by Périne Baillette and produces Champagnes with low dosage, and has an annual production of 13 000 bottles. Coeur de Craie is a vintage Champagne composed of 100% Pinot Noir from Rilly-la-Montagne.
  • Jean Baillette-Prudhomme (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5 ha vineyards and an annual production of 30 000 bottles. Their Brut Réserve consists of an impressive 50% of reserve wines, which is unusually much. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). It’s run by a trio of ladies (since the death of Jean Baillette in 2005), mother Marie-France Bailette and the two daughters Laureen and Justine. This led to this producer being profiled as one of seven parts of the documentary “Les Femmes & le Champagne, un Amour fou”, that was aired on TV by France 3 in December 2012. The video clip below is in French without subtitles:

  • Cousin-Bressy, is classified RC = cooperative member, but has photos on their website of how their own wine press is being installed, so it probably on the way to becoming RM.
  • Larnaudie-Gadret (RC), has 4 ha of vineyards in Trois-Puits, Taissy, Montbré, and Rilly-la-Montagne. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage). Cuvée Aulyena is composed of 70% oak barrel-vinified Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir..
  • Larnaudie-Hirault (RM), also called just “Larnaudie”. Has 6.5 ha of vineyards in Trois-Puits, Montbré, Sacy, and Taissy, and an annual production of 40 000 bottles. Several of the Champagnes are partially oaked. The range includes a vintage Champagne composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir.
  • Ribaille Vuattier et leurs Filles (RC), with the company name Annick Ribaille.

Comment: The list may not be complete.

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

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