Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Vesle et Ardre
Vineyards and grape varieties: 29.9 hectares (73.9 acres), of which 40% Pinot Meunier, 34% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (86%)
Comment: Hourges 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.
Hourges 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 the neighbouring commune, Breuil.
The Hourges commune covers 434 ha and has 81 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as hourgeois and hourgeoises.
The vineyards of Hourges are gathered in two blocks, one smaller immediately to the south of the village, and one slightly larger a little to the west of the village. The vineyards consist of slopes of varying direction and although Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety, the proportion of Chardonnay is unusually high for the Vesle et Ardre area.
The current vineyard surface in the Hourges commune is 29.9 ha (73.9 acres). There are 12 ha Pinot Meunier (40.1%), 10.3 ha Chardonnay (34.4%) and 7.6 ha Pinot Noir (25.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 26 ha, and in the early 1950s there was apparently only about 5 ha of vineyards in the village, with two owners. Today, there are 10 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
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.
- Jean Lefebvre (NM), also sells Champagnes under the brand:
- Jean Richecourt
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.
- Bénard Fils (RM?), see also an interview (in French) with Remi Bénard.
- Réant & Fils (RM)
Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Hourges commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s new village profile of Hourges.
- UMC’s old village profile of Hourges. (dead link)
- Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-09-13