Champagne village profile: Unchair in the Vallée de la Vesle

Diagram Unchair 201503Key facts for Unchair

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 42.0 hectares (103.8 acres), of which 49% Pinot Meunier, 35% Chardonnay, and 16% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)


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.

Neighbouring villages

Southeast: Hourges
South: Crugny
Comment: Unchair is located in the outskirts of the Champagne appellation, so some of the neighbouring villages visible on the map are not included in the list above, since they are not Champagne villages and therefore will not be profiled.

The village

Unchair is located on top of the northwestern part of the Montagne de Reims hill, along a small stream that empties into the Vesle river in Breuil, the neighbouring commune.

The Unchair commune covers 373 ha and has 158 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as unchairois and unchairoises.


The vinyards of Unchair are all located just north of the village, and consist of southeast-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety, but the proportion of Chardonnay is high for a village in the Vesle et Ardre area.

The current vineyard surface in the Unchair commune is 42.0 hectares (103.8 acres). There are 20.7 ha Pinot Meunier (49.2%), 14.5 ha Chardonnay (34.6%), and 6.8 ha Pinot Noir (16.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 38 ha. There are 26 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

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


© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-09-13

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