Champagne village profile: Gueux in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Diagram Gueux 201506Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 19.8 hectares (48.9 acres), of which 84.5% Pinot Meunier, 11.7% Pinot Noir, and 3.8% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)

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, orange indicates built-up areas, 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 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.

Neigbouring villages

South: Vrigny (premier cru)
Southwest: Méry-Prémecy
West: Janvry
Westnorthwest: Rosnay

The church in Gueux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo ChristiaanPR, 2009)

The village

Gueux is a village located west of Reims, in the outskirts of the northwestern part of Montagne de Reims. The A4/E50 motorway between Reims and Paris runs through the commune and divides Gueux from its southern neighbour on the Montage de Reims slope, Vrigny.

The Gueux commune covers 886 hectares and has 1704 inhabitants (as of 2013) referred to as Gueuxiens and Gueuxiennes.

In the village, there is a palace and park called Château & parc de Gueux. The property was bought in 1856 by Eugène Roederer (brother of Louis Roederer) who then built a new château in a neogothic style. This château was destroyed in a fire in 1918, and in 1928 Le Golf de Reims was instead on this location, on the initiative by the Grandes Marques organisation of Champagne.

Château de Gueux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Gueux consists of mild slopes located on the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims, and can therefore be counted as part of the “Petite Montage de Reims”. On the other hand, the village is also located rather close to the Vesle river, that also runs through Reims, so it can also be counted as part of the Vallée de la Vesle. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Gueux commune is 19.8 hectares (48.9 acres). There are 16.7 ha Pinot Meunier (84.5%), 2.3 ha Pinot Noir (11.7%), and 0.8 ha Chardonnay (3.8%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 18 ha. There are 9 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Béguines, a site to the immediate southwest of the built-up area of the the village, close to the A4 motorway. See Jérôme Prévost below.

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.

  • Boland-Nominé
  • Cornu-Jancart (RC), formerly had an address in Jonchery-sur-Vesle.
  • Benoît Dinvaut (RC)
  • Jérôme Prévost (RM), one of the new generation of small grower practicing biodynamics (but without certification), and one that is very highly regarded. Has 2.2 ha of vineyards, all of it Pinot Meunier in Gueux, of which ha in one block. The Champagnes are produced from the vineyard Les Béguines site, planted in 1962-1964 and inherited from Jérôme’s maternal grandmother. The label says La Closerie, which is the name of the domaine, and Les Béguines, which is the vineyard name. Most vintages, a white Champagne is produced. A rosé is sometimes produced as well (under the name Fac Simile), and the vintage can be identified via a code on the label, since they are disgorged and sold too soon to be called vintage Champagnes. The annual production is 13 000 bottles, which together with the attention and cult status means that the Champagnes of Prévost often are difficult to find. 1998 was the first vintage.
    History
    The grapes of Prévost used to be delivered to the cooperative in Coulommes-la-Montagne. In 1998, Anselme Selosse provided room for him in his cellar in Avize, which gave Prévost the possibility to keep half of his own grapes and to produce his own Champagne. From 2002, he has his own cellar.

Links

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

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