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

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Montagne & Val de Reims / Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 49.3 hectares (121.8 acres), of which 57% Pinot Meunier, 28% Chardonnay, and 15% 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

South: Saint-Thierry
West: Pouillon
Northwest: Villers-Franqueux
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.

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

The village

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 297 inhabitants (as of 2016), referred to as Thilois and Thiloises.

Vineyards

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 49.3 hectares (121.8 acres). There are 28.1 ha Pinot Meunier (57.0%), 14.0 ha Chardonnay (28.4%), and 7.2 ha Pinot Noir (14.6%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 47 ha, in 1989 it was 46 ha, and around 1960 there were only around 12 ha, following a period of decline that started after World War I. Today, there are 28 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Monument over the Liberation in 1944 with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

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.

  • Christian Jonot & Fils (RC), has 5.5 ha of vineyards in Thil, Pouillon, and Saint-Thierry.
  • Jonot-Marchwiki (RC)
  • Labbé (RC), 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). 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 Côte des Bar) or Labbé & Fils in Chamery.
    • Pascal Labbé (RC), the father.
    • Arnaud Labbé (RC, Facebook page), one of the sons.
    • Vincent Labbé (RC, Facebook page), the other son.
  • Philippe Noizet (RM), with 3 ha of vineyards. The range includes a vintage Champagne. There are bottles both with the producer code RC and with RM, and I haven’t been able to figure out which is younger.
  • Olivier Van de Woestyne (RC, Facebook page), 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.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2019, senaste uppdatering 2019-03-21

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