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

Diagram Prouilly 201510Key facts

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 135.8 hectares (335.6 acres), of which 61% Pinot Meunier, 29% Pinot Noir, and 10% 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

On the right bank of Vesle, the same side as Prouilly
East: Trigny
North: Pévy
Westnorthwest: Montigny-sur-Vesle

On the left bank of Vesle, the opposite side from Prouilly
Southsouthwest: Courcelles-Sapicourt (part of the Vesle et Ardre area)
Southwest: Jonchery-sur-Vesle (part of the Vesle et Ardre area)
Comment: some of the communes on the map (both in the northwest and the southeast) are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

Prouilly with vineyards in the background, viewed from the Pévy direction. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Amassychamp, 2014).

The village

Prouilly is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, a short distance northwest of Reims. The village itself is located at the foot of a slope on the left bank of the Le Cochot stream, which runs through the commune and then empties into the Vesle river.  The commune stretch all the way down to Vesle.

The Prouilly commune covers 1013 hectares and has 593 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Prouillousiens and Prouillousiennes.

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

Vineyards

The vineyards in Prouilly consist of two blocks on slopes on opposite sides of the stream Le Cochot. On the eastern side of the village the slope is found “on the footsteps of the village”, and here there is a block of northwest- to southwest-facing slopes. In the western part of the commune, on the tight bank of Le Cochot, there is another block of south- to southwest-facing slopes continuous with the vineyards in Pévy. In similarity to its neighbour Pévy, Prouilly has a significant portion of vineyards in actual slopes that are close to south-facing, and therefore located on less flat ground than what is the case for many other vineyards in the Massif de Saint-Thierry and nearby areas of the Vesle et Ardre. Pinot Meunier is the most common grape variety in the commune.

The current vineyard surface in the Prouilly commune is 135.8 hectares (335.6 acres). There are 82.7 ha Pinot Meunier (60.9%), 39.4 ha Pinot Noir (29.0%), and 13.7 ha Chardonnay (10.1%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 125 ha. There are 68 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites

Single vineyard sites in Prouilly include, among others:

  • Le Clos des Chiens, a northwest-sloping site located directly at 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.

  • Arnaud Père et Fils
  • Alain Couvreur (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with vineyards in four communes. Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier are found in Prouilly, Pévy, and Branscourt, Chardonnay in Unchair. This producer usually get good reviews.
  • Fauvet-Courleux (RC)
  • J.M. Goulard (RM; alternative website, probably older), a Special Club producer and member of Vignerons Indépendants with 7.8 ha of vineyards in Prouilly, Pévy, Hermonville, and Voigny with 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay. The annual production is 75 000 bottles. The vintage Champangne is called L’Épanouie and consists of 40% Chardonnay and 30% each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (numbers refer to the 2008 vintage). La Charme is a oaked 100% Pinot Meunier, non-vintage, where the first release was based on the 2008 vintage. Their first Special Club hasn’t been released yet, but will tentatively be the 2013 vintage. Below a presentation video with French audio and English subtitles, including some vineyard pictures from Prouilly:

  • Roger Legros (RM), has 9 ha of vineyards. The vintage Champagne is Chardonnay-dominated (2002: 67% Chardonnay and 33% Pinot Noir, 2009: 50% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, and 5% Pinot Meunier).
  • Pierre Malingre (RC), has 9.5 ha of vineyards in Prouilly, Trigny, Janvry, and Gueux with 50% Pinot Meunier, 38% Pinot Noir, and 12% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne consists of 60% Chardonnay, 24% Pinot Meunier, and 16% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage).
  • Malingre-Rouyer (RC)
  • Malingre-Truchon (RC), har 6 ha of vineyards with 68% Pinot Meunier, 20% Pinot Noir, and 12% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne consists of 34% Pinot Meunier, 33% Chardonnay, and 33% Pinot Noir.
  • Hubert Potaufeux (RC)
  • Frédéric Ragaut, has 5.5 ha of vineyards in Pévy and Prouilly with 50% Pinot Meunier, 35% Pinot Noir, and 15% Chardonnay.
  • Waquelin-Fauvet (RC)

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

Cooperatives

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 la Champenoise is a cooperative in Prouilly.
  • Coopérative Vinicole de Trigny-Prouilly, also written Sociéte Vinicole Trigny-Prouilly on their building, is a cooperative in Trigny with 145 members that also has Prouilly in its name.

Links

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

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