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

Diagram Pargny-lès-Reims 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 76.7 hectares (189.5 acres), of which 76.7% Pinot Meunier, 18.8% Pinot Noir and 4.4% Chardonnay.
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 Pargny-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: Coulommes-la-Montagne (premier cru)
Northeast: Ormes
East: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Southsoutheast: Jouy-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Southwest: Bouilly
Westsouthwest: Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet

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

The village

Pargny-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 Pargny-lès-Reims commune covers 362 hectares and has 418 inhabitants (as of 2013).

Vingeyards

The vineyards consist mostly of 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 Pargny-lès-Reims commune is 76.7 hectares (189.5 acres). There are 58.8 ha Pinot Meunier (76.7%), 14.4 ha Pinot Noir (18.8%), 3.4 ha Chardonnay (4.4%), and 0.1 ha others (0.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 41 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 72 ha.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Clos, a vineyard site situated directly at the village, east of the D26 road and just north of the town hall. Despite the clos name there is no vineyard wall, but it has a partly sheltered location due to the surrounding built-up blocks.
  • Clos des Chaulins. In this hedge-enclosed vineyard, centrally located in the village, Médot & Cie (then located in Reims) earlier owned 0.68 ha with 55% Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Chardonnay, and from this plot they produced a non-vintage vineyard-designated Champagne. Since Médot & Cie was bought by Lombard in 2002 (see Lombard & Médot below), it is no longer produced. I don’t know if the vineyard is now owned by Lombard & Médot or someone else. Clos des Chaulins is not the lieu-dit name of the site, but I don’t think it is identical to Les Clos since that vineyard site doesn’t have a hedge around it.

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.

  • Lombard & Médot (NM) has a press house in Pargny-lès-Reims which used to belong to the Médot & Cie (NM) of Reims. Today (2014), Médot is a brand belonging to Lombard & Médot and the main production takes place in Épernay, where Lombard & Cie long have had their seat.

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 Cossy (RC), on the bottles O. Cossy, has 3.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Olivier Cossy works for the Champagnes de Vignerons organisation where he is rapporteur for communikation since 2011.
  • Pascal Cossy, the range of which includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Jackowiak-Rondeau (RC), has 6 ha of vineyards with 55% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. Annual production is 50 000 bottles. The vintage Champagne Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is composed of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier from old vines. Cuvée d’Or is a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that is kept unusually long in the cellar before being sold, 13 years. The Polish-sounding part of the name (on the labels supplemented by a Polish coat of arms) originates from Wladislaw Jackowiak, a Polish officer who after he had been a prisoner of war in Germany 1939-1945 arrived in France and the Champagne region to guard German POWs. He remained and in 1946 married a mademoiselle Rondeau.
  • Leguay-Truchon (RC)
  • Christian Leloir (RC)
  • Gérard Leloir
  • Prévoteaux-Lapierre (RC), has vineyards in Pargny-les-Reims and Pévy (in the Massif de Saint Thierry)
  • Christophe Morin (RC)
  • Frédérick Thiebault, with vineyards mostly in Jouy-lès-Reims and Pargny-lès-Reims. The range includes a vintage Champagne. La Maine Blanche is an oak barrel-vinified blanc de blancs from a vineyard site with this name. Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is produced from older vines and has an old-fashioned string closure.
  • J. Wafflart Fils (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.

  • The cooperative in the neighbouring village Jouy-lès-Reims, Coopérative Vinicole Rurale, is also called Coopérative Jouy-Pargny, i.e., it is a cooperative for both villages. It is one of the 82 cooperatives that are members of the major cooperative Centre Vinicole Champagne-Nicolas Feuillatte (CVC-NF), which has its main facilities in Chouilly.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2016-08-06

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