Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 79.6 hectares? (possibly 49.6 ha), or 196.7 acres, of which 75% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay, and 8% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (84%)
Comment: some of the communes to the north and east on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.
Thil is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.
Together with Courcy and Hermonville, the commune is part of the association Communauté de Communes des 2 Coteaux.
The Thil commune covers 211 hectares and has 294 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as thilois and thiloises.
The vineyards in Thil are located around the village and are continuous with those in Pouillon. The vineyards are located on almost flat land, with very mild slopes. Pinot Meunier is the dominant grape variety.
The current vineyard surface in the Thil commune is 79.6 hectares (196.7 acres). There are 59.5 ha Pinot Meunier (74.7%), 13.5 ha Chardonnay (17.0%), and 6.6 ha Pinot Noir (8.3%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 47 ha, in 1989 46 ha, and around 1960 there was only around 12 ha, following a period of decline that started after World War I. Today, there are 30 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Comment: a former piece of information (UMC’s old village profile, before July 2015) said 49.6 ha rather than 79.6 ha, which seems to be in line with 47 ha in 1997. In this case, it’s probably the 59.5 ha PM that should be only 29.5 ha, and in that case the proportions would be 59.5% PM/27.2% CH/13.3% PN.
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.
- Christian Jonot & Fils, has 6.5 ha of vineyards in Thil, Pouillon, and Saint-Thierry.
- Jonot-Marchwiki (RC)
- Labbé, has 7.67 ha of vineyards with 38% Pinot Noir, 33% Pinot Meunier, and 29% Chardonnay. Founded in 1976 and started to produce their own Champagnes in 1980. Following progressive expansion, the annual production reached 45 000 bottles (2006). Maison Labbé has a common website, but the Champagnes are sold under the names of three different family members, as listed below. Not to be confused with Labbé in Urville (in the Aube) or Labbé & Fils in Chamery.
- Philippe Noizet (RM)
- Olivier Van de Woestyne (RC), also the short forms Van de Woestyne and Van de Wœstyne can be seen.
- Vessely Père & Fils (RC)
Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Website of the Thil commune.
- UMC’s village profile of Thil.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015, senaste uppdatering 2015-09-18