Champagne village profile: Coulommes-la-Montagne, a premier cru village in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Diagram Coulommes-la-Montagne 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 77.1 hectares, of which 65% Pinot Meunier, 21% Chardonnay, 13% Pinot Noir, and 1% others.
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 are in yellow and the autre cru villages are in orange. The La Petite Montagne de Reims part, where Coulommes-la-Montagne is located, 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

North: Vrigny (premier cru)
Eastnortheast: Ormes
Southsoutheast: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Southwest: Saint-Euphraise-et-Clairizet
West: Méry-Prémecy

The town hall (mairie) of Coulommes-la Montagne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Coulommes-la-Montagne is located in the ”Petite Montagne de Reims”, the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims. This village is one of a string of Champagne villages, most of which are classified premier cru.

The Coulommes-la-Montagne commune covers 270 hectares and has 231 inhabitants (as of 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Coulommes-la-Montagne are mildly sloping with varying exposure. Above the village to the northwest, the vineyards are arranged like a amphitheater. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the Coulommes-la-Montagne commune is 77.1 hectares (190.5 acres). There are 49.8 ha Pinot Meunier (64.6%), 16.4 ha Chardonnay (21.3%), and 10.1 ha Pinot Noir (14%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. There are 29 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 74 ha.

The premier cru classification

On the now defunct échelle des crus, Coulommes-la-Montagne was rated 90%, which has made it a premier cru village. One of the last changes in the échelle des crus before it was retired, was that Coulommes-la-Montagne and the neighbouring village Vrigny were raised from 89% to 90% (which is the rating of several other villages in the Petite Montagne de Reims) and therefore promoted to premier cru status. This change took place in the late 1990s or early 2000s.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Paradis, a southeast-facing site in the northwestern part of the commune, near the border to a forest area in Vrigny. Coulon Père & Fils in Ville-Dommange produces a vineyard-designated blanc de blancs from this vineyard site.
  • Les Vignes Dieu, a south(southeast)-facing site in the northern part of the commune, near the border to a forest area in Vrigny and just west of the D26 road. This site has sandy soils and limestone on the surface. It is one of two vineyard sites used by Roger Sergent (a producer i Vrigny) for the cuvée Les Près Dieu, a 100% Chardonnay. Bonnet-Ponson in Chamery produces their Cuvée Spéciale, a vintage blanc de blancs, using Chardonnay from this site.

The church in Coulommes-la Montagne, Église Saint-Rémi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2011).

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.

  • Augé Père & Fils (RC), has 8.5 ha of vineyards. The vintage Champagne is composed of 1/3 each of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir in every vintage. The top cuvée is called Mémoire de Vignerons and is composed of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 30% Pinot Noir vinified in oak barrels.
  • Guillot Prévot (RC)
  • Hoche Petit (RC), has 4 ha vineyards in Vrigny and Coulommes-la-Montagne as well as in Fleury-la-Rivière and Damery i Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite. The range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Leclere-Minard (RC)
  • Christian Lépitre (RM)
  • Jean-Claude Lépitre (RM), member of Vignerons Indépenants, has 6.4 ha in three villages, Coulommes-la-Montagne, Pargny-lès-Reims, and Chenay (in the Massif de Saint-Thierry). The vintage Champagne is composed of 70% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 15% Pinot Noir.
  • Jean-Marie Massonot (RM, there are also RC-labelled bottles that are probably older)
  • Ponson & Fils (RM) or Pascal Ponson, member of Vignerons Indépenants, has 13.5 ha of vineyards in five premier cru villages. The vintage Champagne is composed of 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir, and 25% Pinot Meunier (refers to the 2005 vintage).
  • Jean-Marie Sogny (RC)

Comment: The list may be 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 Vinicole Coulommes Vrigny, also known as Coopérative de Coulommes la Montagne, is a cooperative in Coulommes-la-Montagne, located directly at the commune border to Vrigny. The cooperative was founded in 1960, has about 100 members (of which about 40 in the Coulommes-la-Montagne and Vrigny area) with 125 ha of vineyards. The cooperative is slightly unusual by not having any employee, and no brand of its own. Doesn’t seem to have a website.

The cooperative in Coulommes-la-Montagne. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Levequefabrice, 2013).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2016-07-05

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