Champagne village profile: Villers-Franqueux in the Massif de Saint-Thierry

Diagram Villers-Franqueux 201509Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 13.8 hectares (34.1 acres), of which 83% Pinot Meunier, 9% Chardonnay, and 8% 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

Southeast: Thil
South: Pouillon
West and north: Hermonville
Comment: some of the communes to the east on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

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

The village

Villers-Franqueux is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.

The Villers-Franqueux commune covers 329 hectares and has 307 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Francs-Villageois.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Villers-Franqueux are located to the southwest of 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, by a wide margin.

The current vineyard surface in the Villers-Franqueux commune is 13.8 hectares (34.1 acres). There are 11.5 ha Pinot Meunier (83.3%), 1.2 ha Chardonnay (8.7%), and 1.1 ha Pinot Noir (8.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 13 ha. There are 8 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Cauroy-lès-Hermonville include, among others:

  • Le Clos Gillon, a rather flat site a close to the village, to the southeast.

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.

  • Rosiez-Hyvernaud

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

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 in Pouillon 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, just south of the actual villages along the D330 road, 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 Villers-Franqueux. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Garitan, 2012).

Video clips

Below a video from the harvest of red grapes (Pinot Meunier?) in a vineyard in Villers-Franqueux on September 9, 2014, in French without subtitles:

Links

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

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