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

Diagram Thil 201509Key facts

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%)

Map

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.

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 294 inhabitants (as of 2012), 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 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.

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, 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.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015, senaste uppdatering 2015-09-18

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