Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 15.3 hectares (37.8 acres), of which 99.3% Pinot Meunier and 0.7% Pinot Noir.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)
Noted for: home village of Francis Boulard and of the only barrel maker in Champagne.
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Cauroy-lès-Hermonville is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, a short distance northwest of Reims. With its location at 49° 21′ N, this village has the second most northerly location of all villages in the Champagne appellation. Only the neighbour Cormicy (49° 22′ N) is located even further north.
The Cauroy-lès-Hermonville commune covers 1027 hectares and has 493 inhabitants (as of 2012).
In Cauroy-lès-Hermonville, the only barrel maker of the Champagne region is located, Tonnellerie Artisanale de Champagne Ardenne. They start in 1998, and the production includes both traditional pièces champenoises of 205 liters and other sizes, and local oak is partially used. The customers can be found both among smaller producers and those larger houses that use oak barrels.
The vineyards in Cauroy-lès-Hermonville are located north of the village, on rather flat land with very mild slopes. Pinot Meunier dominates completely.
The current vineyard surface in the Cauroy-lès-Hermonville commune is 15.3 hectares (37.8 acres). There are 15.2 ha Pinot Meunier (99.3%) and 0.1 ha Pinot Noir (0.7%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 13 ha. There are 19 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
Single vineyard sites in Cauroy-lès-Hermonville include, among others:
- Le Clos, a site located directly at the village, to the northwest.
The producer status NM = négociant-manipulant means that purchased grapes can be included in the Champagnes. NM producers can be anything from small producers that supplement their own grapes with some that they buy in, to large Champagne houses that primarily rely on purchased grapes.
- Francis Boulard & Fille (NM), is despite its classification operated as “modern small grower” and has 3 ha of vineyards primarily in Cormicy, but also in Paradis (in the Belval-sous-Châtillon commune), Cuchery, Cauroy-lès-Hermonville, and Mailly-Champagne. The vineyards are mostly organically and partly biodynamically farmed. Grape varieties are 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Chardonnay, and 30% Pinot Noir. Oak barrels of different sizes are used for the vinification. The regular vintage cuvée consists of 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier. Petraea is produced in a solera initiated in 1997, which consists of 25% of the most recent vintage and the composition 60% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay, and 20% Pinot Meunier. The youngest vintage of the solera is indicated with Roman numerals in the cuvée name. Les Rachais is a vineyard-designated(?) Champagne from 100% Chardonnay (the vineyard origin is also given as “Hurtebise/Les Rachais”), while Les Rachais Rosé is a 100% Pinot Noir produced using the saignée method. Les Rachais is located in Cormicy and both are vintage Champagnes.
This producer was created in 2009 by dividing Raymond Boulard in La Neuville-aux-Larris in three producers, where the other two are Hélène Bertaux-Boulard and Dominique Boulard & Filles. In 2001, Francis Boulard started (within Raymond Boulard) organic farming in the vineyards in Cormicy and was certified by Ecocert in 2004.
Below a video with Francois Boulard and daughter Delphine in the vineyard Les Rachais and in their cellar, created in connection with a Fundovino project.
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.
- André Dormay (RM)
- Jean-Marc Vigreux-Frère (RC)
Comment: It is not certain that the list is complete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Website of the Cauroy-lès-Hermonville commune.
- UMC’s village profile of Cauroy-lès-Hermonville.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2015-2016, last update 2016-07-30