Champagne village profile: Hourges in the Vallée de la Vesle

Diagram Hourges 201503Key facts for Hourges

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%)

Map

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

East: Vandeuil
South: Serzy-et-Prin
Southsouthwest
: Crugny
Northwest: Unchair
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.

The church in Hourges against a grey autumn sky. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérald Garitan, Bovember 2010).

The village

The town hall (mairie) of Hourges, that is combined with a school building. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Gérald Garitan, November 2010).

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.

Vineyards

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.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

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

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.

Links

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

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