Champagne village profile: Ormes in the Petite Montagne de Reims

Diagram Ormes 201506Key facts for Ormes

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 8.3 hectares (20.5 acres), of which 74% Pinot Meunier, 16% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)


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.

Neighbouring villages

Southeast: Bezannes (across a small strip that belongs to Les Mesneux and Tinqueux)
South: Les Mesneux (premier cru)
Southwest: Pargny-lès-Reims (premier cru)
Westsouthwest: Coulommes-la-Montagne (premier cru)
West: Vrigny (premier cru)

The town hall (mairie) of Ormes. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

The village

Ormes is a village located just outside the continuous metropolitan area of Reims, in the southwestern direction. Ormes is separated from Reims by the beltway south of the city, i.e., the village itself is located just outside this beltway but the commune also covers land on the Reims side of the road.

The Ormes commune covers 631 hectares and has 460 inhabitants (as of 2011) referred to as ormois and ormoises. The population is on the increase.


Kyrkan i Ormes. Bilden länkad från Wikimedia Commons (foto F.garet, 2011).

The vineyards in the Ormes commune consist of mild slopes below the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims, and can therefore be counted as part of the “Petite Montage de Reims”. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard area in the Ormes commune is 8.3 hectares (20.5 acres). Grape varieties are 6.2 ha Pinot Meunier (73.9%), 1.3 ha Pinot Noir (15.9%), and 0.8 ha Chardonnay (10.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard area was 10 ha. There are 2 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

  • Les Montées is a (most likely mildly) south-facing vineyard site. The soil is silt and sand with landstone, with good drainage. Im this site, Bérêche & Fils in Ludes has a small plot (0,38 ha?) planted in 1965 to Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. It is used for a vineyard-designated red wine, an Ormes Rouge, see below.

Champagne producers

In Ormes there is at least one Champagne producer:

  • Parmantier Bernard

Champagne producers in other villages

  • Bérêche & Fils (RM), an excellent small grower practicing biodynamics and located in Ludes, produces a red Coteaux Champenois from the vineyard site Les Montées in Ormes, i.e., an Ormes Rouge. It consists of about 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier from old vines planted in 1965 and the production is typically 2-3 barrels per vintage. This red wine is also used to produce Campania Remensis, a rosé Champagne.


© Tomas Eriksson 2014-2016, last update 2016-01-30

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