Champagne village profile: Courtagnon, a village in the Vallée de l’Ardre, on top of the Montagne de Reims

Diagram Courtagnon 201503Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 10.3 hectares (25.5 acres), of which 72% Pinot Meunier, 15% Chardonnay, and 14% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (82%)

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 Vesle et Ardre highlighted. The premier cru villages are shown in yellow and the autre cru villages, including Courtagnon, are in orange. The La Petite Montagne de Reims part is shown within red borders and the Vallée de la Vesle part within green borders.

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

Neighbouring villages

Northeast: Sermiers
North: Chamery (premier cru)
Southwest: Nantueil-la-Forêt

The entrance to Courtagnon from the west. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan 2015).

The village

Courtagnon is located on top of the Montagne de Reims hill, along the upper part of the Ardre river, that is more of a stream up here. The Courtagnon commune covers 395 hectares and has 57 inhabitants (as of 2013), which makes it one of the smallest Champagne villages.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Courtagnon are all in a block in the northern part of the commune,  consisting of mild south-facing slopes towards in the Vallée de l’Ardre, which also is a river valley on top of the Montagne de Reims. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Courtagnon commune is 10.3 ha (25.5 acres), and there is only one vineyard owner (exploitant) in the commune. There are 7.4 ha Pinot Meunier (71.7%), 1.5 ha Chardonnay (14.6%) and 1.4 ha Pinot Noir (13.8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was also 10 ha.

Champagne producers

As far as I have been able to tell, there is one Champagne producer in Courtagnon.

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.

  • Lutun (RC, Facebook page), has 6 ha of vineyards with primarily Pinot Meunier. Practices organic cultivation since 2009. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Fleur de Bois is an oak barrel-vinified blanc de blancs (non-vintage). The company name is Les Baronnies.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2015, last update 2016-05-08

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