Champagne village profile: Montbré, a premier cru village in the Grande Montage de Reims

Diagram Montbré 201504Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Grande Montagne de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 42.3 hectares (104.5 acres), of which 48% Pinot Noir, 40% Pinot Meunier, and 12% 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 is 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 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

North: Trois-Puits (premier cru)
East: Taissy (premier cru)
South: Rilly-la-Montagne (premier cru)
Southwest: Villers-Allerand (premier cru)

Montbré with the Montagne de Reims in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2012).

The village

The town hall (Mairie) of Montbré. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2011).

Montbré is a small village just south of Reims, located just below the proper Montagne de Reims slope.

The Montbré commune covers 308 ha and has 259 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Montbrésiens and Montbrésiennes.

Just east of the village, straddling the commune border with Taissy, there is a fort that saw use during World War I as a part of the fortification line around Reims.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Montbré consists of mild north-facing slopes on the lower part of the Montagne de Reims hill, with Pinot Noir as the most common grape variety, closely followed by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Montbré commune is 42.3 hectares (104.5 acres). There are 20.3 ha Pinot Noir (48%), 17.0 ha Pinot Meunier (40%), and 5.0 ha Chardonnay (12%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 42 ha. There are 21 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

  • Francis Léger
  • Pascal Picard
  • Trichet-Lorain (RC), uses the cooperative in Rilly-la-Montagne for the vinification, but stores the bottles in their own cellar.

Comment: The list may be incomplete.

The church in Montbré. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2011).

Links

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

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