Champagne village profile: Pouillon in the Massif de Saint-Thierry

Diagram Pouillon 201509Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Montagne & Val de Reims / Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 52.5 hectares (129.7 acres), of which 70% Pinot Meunier, 18% Chardonnay, and 13% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)

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: Villers-Franqueux
East: Thil
Southeast: Saint-Thierry
Southsouthwest: Merfy
West: Chenay
Northwest: Hermonville
Comment: some of the communes to the east on he map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

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

The village

Pouillon is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.

The Pouillon commune covers 278 hectares and has 495 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Pouillonais and Pouillonnaises.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Pouillon are partly located around the village, and partly in the northern sector of the commune. They are continuous with those in Thil and Villers-Franqueux, respectively. The vineyards largely consist of mild south-facing slopes, with Pinot Meunier as the dominant grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Pouillon commune is 52.5 hectares (129.7 acres). There are 36.5 ha Pinot Meunier (69.5%), 9.2 ha Chardonnay (17.5%), and 6.8 ha Pinot Noir (13.0%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 28 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Pouillon include among others:

  • Le Clos, a flat site just south of the village.

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.

  • Billet-Milet (RC), whose range includes a vintage blanc de blancs by the name Pur Chardonnay.
  • Bourdaire-Gallois (RM, Facebook page), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 5 ha of vineyards in Pouillon, Thil, Villers-Franqueux, and Hermonville with 85% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay, and 5% Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage Champagne. Used to be RC, but left the cooperative after the 2001 harvest.
  • Bourdaire-Massonnot
  • Cuillier Père & Fils (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
  • Doury (RM, Facebook page), also Philippe Doury and Philippe et Alice Doury, member of Vignerons Indépendants. Cuvée Émilienne is a vintage blanc de blancs.
  • Durousset
  • Michel Gawron (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 2 ha of vineyards. Used to be called Gawron-Massonnot and be RC; left the cooperative in 2009.
  • Lizeux-Hyvernaud (RM)
  • Cédric Massonnot (RC), produces about 7000 bottles annually.
  • Philippe Massonnot (RC)
  • Eric Milet-Govin (RC, Facebook page), has 3.5 ha of vineyards in five villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry (Pouillon, Thil, Villers-Franqueux, Chenay, and Hermonville), Châtillon-sur-Marne (in the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite), and Chacenay (in the Barséquanais).
  • Adrien Simon (RC, Facebook page), has vineyards in Pouillon, Thil, and Villers-Franqueux with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is composed of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 and 2012 vintages).

Comment:The list may be incomplete.

Cooperative

When bottles are sold directly by a cooperative the producer status is given as CM = coopérative de manipulation, as opposed to RC when sold by a cooperative member under their own name.

  • Coopérative Vinicole Les Six Coteaux, a cooperative founded in 1951 that today has over 130 members with about 154 ha of vineyards. The members are primarily located in Pouillon, Villers-Franqueux, Thil, Saint-Thierry, Merfy, and Brimont. The original plant is located in Pouillon, where the grapes are pressed and vinification takes place. Since 2006, they also have a facility in Villers-Franqueux, for cellaring, disgorgement and expedition of bottles. Since late 2014, sales to visitors also takes place here. The Champagnes are sold under the brand:
    • Charles Heston. The name refers to the music and dance style Charleston, and should remind us of the happy 1920s (rather than of Charlton Heston). The French pronunciation of “Charles Heston” comes closer to that of “Charleston” than what is the case in English. The vintage Champagne consists of a majority of Chardonnay (2008: the rest Pinot Noir; 2013: 70% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Meunier, 4% Pinot Noir, 22% of the wine vinified in oak). Charles Heston produces three different Ratafia (fortified sweet wine) of which one 100% Chardonnay and one 100% Pinot Noir. It is less common to see the grape variety indicated for a Ratafia.

The church in Pouillon, Église Saint-Gorgon. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2019, last update 2019-04-14

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