Champagne village profile: Saint-Thierry, a historical village in the Massif de Saint-Thierry

Diagram Saint-Thierry 201509Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 56.6 hectares (139.9 acres), of which 47% Pinot Meunier, 33% Pinot Noir, and 20% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (87%)
Noted for: its historical abbey.

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 is built-up areas, and green indicates forest.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry shown.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.

Neighbouring villages

North: Thil
Southeast: Reims (in the area Vesle et Ardre)
Southwest: Merfy
Northwest: Pouillon
Comment: some of the neighbouring communes to the south and the east are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

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

The village

Saint-Thierry is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.

The A26/E17 motorway (later called E15), from Reims in the direction of Calais, runs through the southern and southeastern parts of the commune.

The Saint-Thierry commune covers 759 hectares and has 626 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Théodoriciens and Théodoriciennes.

The abbey of Saint-Thierry

The monastery in Saint-Thierry in an etching of Dom Germain from the 17th century, later published in the book Monasticon Gallicanum. Note the vines to the left and above the monastery. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.

Viticulture in this area has a long tradition, and is supposed to have initated already in the 7th century by the monks of the monastery in the village. The monastery was founded by Thierry du Mont d’Or (Saint Thierry) around the year 500 AD and is sometimes referred to as Abbaye de Mont d’Hor and sometimes Abbaye de Saint-Thierry.

In the Medieval ages, this abbey had one of the region’s largest vineyard holdings. The abbey and its founder have provided the name for both the village and the surrounding area.

The monastery was repressed in 1695 and the buildings were instead used as a secondary residence for the archbishop of Reims. The buildings were then torn down in 1777. In 1968 a new abbey was founded under the name Abbaye de Saint-Thierry, a Benedictine nunnery.

The present-day nunnery in Saint-Thierry. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Saint-Thierry are located around the village. The vineyards are located on almost flat land, with very mild slopes of varying directions. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety, but there is also rather much Pinot Noir.

The current vineyard surface in the Saint-Thierry commune is 56.6 hectares (139.9 acres). There are 26.7 ha Pinot Meunier (47.2%), 18.8 ha Pinot Noir (33.2%), and 11.1 ha Chardonnay (19.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 55 ha. There are 6 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Saint-Thierry include, among others:

  • Le Clos, a site located immediately to the south of the village.

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. ND = négociant-distributeur, which means that they at least partly sell Champagnes produced by someone else, but under their own name.

  • Mont d’Hor (ND), is said to have 14 ha of vineyards. The bottles I’ve seen specifies a négociant in Épernay as the producer.

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.

  • Remi Harlaut-Paris (RC), the vintage Champagne consists of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Thierry Hotte, has vineyards in Brimont and Chaumuzy (in the Vesle et Ardre).
  • Carole Noizet (RC), oak barrels are used for some cuvées and the vintage Champagne consists of a majority of Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir (60% Chardonnay in the 2008 vintage). The range also includes several different Ratafias, including three varietal Ratafias from Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir.
  • Noizet-Crémont (RC), has about 5 ha of vineyards, including in Saint-Thierry, Thil, Pouillon, and Chenay. Oak barrels are used for at least one cuvée.

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

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© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-07-31

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