Champagne village profile: Jouy-lès-Reims, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Jouy-lès-Reims 201605Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 95.2 hectares (235.2 acres), of 55.8% Pinot Meunier, 28.5% Pinot Noir, 14.6 % Chardonnay, and 1.3% other varieties.
Classification: Premier cru (90%)

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, including Jouy-lès-Reims, are in yellow and the autre cru villages 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

Northnorthwest: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
East: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Southsoutheast: Ville-Dommange (premier cru)
Westsouthwest: Bouilly

The church in Jouy-lès-Reims. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Jouy-lès-Reims  is located mid-slope in the “Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. This village is one of a string of Champagne village, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Jouy-lès-Reims commune covers 186 hectares (of which more than half, 95.2 ha, is vineyards) and has 213 inhabitants (as of 2013) called Joussiens and Joussiennes.

Vineyards

The vineyards are mostly northeast-facing slopes on the northern side of the Montagne de Reims, with a high proportion of Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Jouy-lès-Reims commune is 95.2 hectares (235.2 acres). There are 53.1 ha Pinot Meunier (55.8%), 27.1 ha Pinot Noir (28.5%), 13.8 ha Chardonnay (14.6%), and 1.2 ha others (1.3%). Aubry’s plantations of the other grape varieties is likely to be the explanation of this unusually high proportion of “others”. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 47 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 94 ha.

Single vineyard sites

  • l’Auditeur is a site in the southwestern part of the commune, close to the border of both Bouilly and Ville-Dommange. Aubry has Chardonnay in this site, that is used for their Ivore et Ebene.

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.

  • Aubry (RM), also L. Aubry Fils, is a good producer with some odd- and interesting-styled wines. The family history as a Champagne grower goes back to 1790, and today Pierre and Philippe Aubry are in charge. They have 15 ha of vineyards in Ville-Dommange, Pargny-lès-Reims, Jouy-lès-Reims, and Coulommes-la-Montagne. Among other things, Aubry has taken an interest in the “odd” grapes of Champagne, which they started to cultivate in 1989-1990. They harvested their first Arbanne and Petit Meslier 1993, and their first Fromenteau and Enfumé (both Pinot Gris) in 1994. They also cultivate Pinot Blanc. The range includes five vintage Champagnes. Aubry de Humbert is composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir, and is named for the archbishop who in 1211 initiated the building of the Reims Cathedral. Ivore et Ebene is composed of 70% Chardonnay (from the vineyard site l’Auditeur) vinified in oak barrels and 30% Pinot Meunier from old vines, all from Jouy-lès-Reims. Le Nombre d’Or – with the additional designation Campaniae Veteres Vites (latin for “The old vines of Champagne”) – is a cuvée of all seven allowed grape varieties (i.e., the three regular and the four odd) with a dominance of Pinot Gris. Le Nombre d’Or Sablé Blanc de Blancs is a cuvée of three blanc varities (Chardonnay, Arbanne, and Petit Meslier). Their Sablé Rosé, a vintage cuvée that was introduced at their bicentenary in 1991, gets its inspiration from the 18th century style of Champagne. In terms of colour it is a vin gris, i.e., it is a pale rosé in colour, thanks to some skin contacts with black grapes (the saignée method), less mousse than usual, and little or no dosage.
  • Jean Aubry & Fils (RM), whose range includes a vintage blanc de blancs named Symphonie.
  • Bonnet-Crinque (RC), has about 6 ha of vineyards in Jouy-lès-Reims, Pargny-lès-Reims, and Chamery. Has its present name since 1996, used to be called René Bonnet. Vignes d’antan is produced from old vines and Ce fût un plaisir is an oak barrel-vinified blanc de blancs.
  • Jean-François Brunel (RC), has 2 ha of vineyards with 50% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay, and an annual production of 10 000 bottles. Also has an address in Savigny-sur-Ardres. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Vieilles Vignes composed of 33% each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2009 vintage), and a blanc de blancs which is oak barrel-vinified.
  • Caullery-Perseval (RC)
  • F. Cossy (RC), earlier Francis Cossy. The range includes two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Vieilles Vignes composed of 33% each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage), and Cuvée Sophistiquée which is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2008 vintage). Also produces Champagnes for Caveau of Portland, Oregon. Below a French TV-clip, with English subtitles, featuring Sophie Cossy who now runs F. Cossy.

  • Jean-François Dautreville (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Gross (RC), has vineyards with about 80% Pinot Meunier, and the rest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Used to be called Bernard Gross & Fils. Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is a vintage Champagne composed of 33% each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir
  • Jean-Jacques Perseval (RM), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Julien Perseval (RC)
  • Patrick Perseval (RC)
  • Vincent Perseval (RC), annual production about 65 000 bottles. The range includes two vintage Champagnes, Brut Millésimé Vieilles Vignes composed of 33% each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage), and a blanc de blancs which is oak barrel-vinified.
  • Alain Rondeau (RC), has vineyards in Jouy-lès-Reims and Vertus. The range includes a vintage Champagne which is a blend of the three common grape varieties from old vines.
  • Didier Rondeau (RC)
  • Jean-Pierre Tual (RC)

Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.

Cooperative

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Rurale et Vinicole, doesn’t seem to have a website. Also called coopérative Jouy-Pargny, i.e., it is also a cooperative for the neighbouring village, Pargny-lès-Reims. It is one of the 82 cooperatives that are member of the major cooperative Centre Vinicole Champagne-Nicolas Feuillatte (CVC-NF), with its main facilities in Chouilly.

Video clip

Some may have wondered about the small plastic capsules that can often be seen hanging in the vineyards, on the wires used to train the vines. Here the explanation comes. The capsules contain pheromones used for sexual confusion, an environmentally friendly method to combat certain insects (caterpillars) that attack the vines. Below a TV feature (French with English subtitles) where the method is used in vineyards in Jouy-lès-Reims and Pargny-lès-Reims.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2017-01-21

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