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

Diagram Pouillon 201509Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 52.5 hectares (129.7 acres), of which 71% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay, and 12% 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 483 inhabitants (as of 2012), 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 37.3 ha Pinot Meunier (71.0%), 9.1 ha Chardonnay (17.3%), and 6.1 ha Pinot Noir (11.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 36 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)
  • Bourdaire-Gallois (RM), 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.
  • Bourdaire-Massonnot, member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Cuillier Père & Fils (RC)
  • Philippe Doury (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants.
  • Durousset
  • Michel Gawron (RM), a member of Vignerons Indépendants with 2 ha of vineyards.
  • Lizeux-Hyvernaud (RM)
  • Cédric Massonnot (RC), produces about 7000 bottles annually.
  • Philippe Massonnot (RC)
  • Eric Milet-Govin (RC), 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), and Chacenay (in the Aube).
  • Adrien Simon, has vineyards in Pouillon, Thil, and Villers-Franqueux with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is Chardonnay-dominated (70% in the 2008 vintage).

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

Cooperative

  • 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 and the rest Pinot Noir (refers to the 2008 vintage).

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

Links

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

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