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

Diagram Hermonville 201509Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 104.5 hectares (258.2 acres), of which 62% Pinot Meunier, 24% Pinot Noir, and 14% Chardonnay.
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: Cauroy-lès-Hermonville
Southeast: Villers-Franqueux
Eastsoutheast: Pouillon
Southsoutheast: Chenay
Southsouthwest: Trigny
Westsouthwest: Pévy
Comment: some of the communes on the map (both to the east and to the west) are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Hermonville. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Fab5669, 2015).

The village

Hermonville is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, just northwest of Reims.

The Hermonville commune covers 1330 hectares and has 1455 inhabitants (as of 2012) referred to as Hérémondois and Hérémondoises.

In Hermonville there is a British military cemetery where soldiers fallen in World War I are buried.

The British military cemetery in Hermonville, with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Wernervc, 2015).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Hermonville are located north and northwest of village, as well as south of the village. The vineyards are located on rather flat land, with very mild slopes. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety.

The current vineyard surface in the Hermonville commune is 104.5 hectares (258.2 acres). There are 64.6 ha Pinot Meunier (61.8%), 24.9 ha Pinot Noir (23.8%), and 15.0 ha Chardonnay (14.4%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 99 ha. There are 25 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Hermonville include, among others:

  • Le Clos de Marzilly, a site south of the village, just east of the D530 road. Different parts of the site are north- and south-facing. Michel Fagot in Rilly-la-Montagne has Pinot Meunier here and seems to have a vineyard-designated Champagne on the way.
  • Les Moineaux, a south-facing site with a mild slope north of the village, on the border to Cauroy-lès-Hermonville. Borders in the south to Voirmissa. Minière F&R has Chardonnay in this site and has a vineyard-designated Champagne waiting to be released.
  • Voirmissa, a flat site just north of the village. Borders in the north to Les Moineaux. Minière F&R has Pinot Noir in this site and has a vineyard-designated Champagne waiting to be released.

Some other sites in the village are La Couturelle, Les Fauvagnes, Les Fosselles, Les Grands Blancs, and Les Rosières.

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.

  • Franck Debut (RC), has just under 7 ha of vineyards with 60% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir, and 10% Chardonnay.
  • Claude et Dominique Hazart (RC), also Hazart Frères.
  • Griffon-Trichet (RC)
  • Fabrice Milinaire (RM), has 3 ha of vineyards.
  • Minière F&R, has just under 8 ha of vineyards, of which about 2 ha Chardonnay, 1.5 ha Pinot Noir, and the rest Pinot Meunier. The majority of their vineyards are located in Hermonville, and some of the vines are ungrafted. Frédéric & Rodolphe Minière took over the family domaine in 2005 and have started to receive attention for increased quality. All Champagnes are fully vinified in oak, with 6-8 months sur lie. The cellaring time before shipping is 5-6 years for the basic levels of their range, and 8-10 years or more for the vintage Champagnes. Their vintage Champagne is called Symbiose (50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir). They have vineyard-designated Champagnes on their way: Les Voirmissa (a blanc de noirs) and Les Moineaux (a blanc de blancs) rest in their cellars since 2013, and they plan to start production from at least one vineyard with ungrafted vines in 2015.
  • Prat & Peslier (Facebook page)

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

The church in Hermonville, Église Saint-Sauveur d’Hermonville. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Urbatech1, 2015).

Links

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

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