Champagne village profile: Montigny-sur-Vesle in the Massif de Saint-Thierry

Diagram Montigny-sur-Vesle 201510Key facts for Montigny-sur-Vesle

Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims: Massif de Saint-Thierry
Vineyards and grape varieties: 23.5 hectares (58.1 acres), of which 45% Pinot Meunier, 41% Pinot Noir, and 14% Chardonnay.
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

On the right bank of Vesle, i.e., the same side as Montigny-sur-Vesle
Eastsoutheast: Prouilly
North: Pévy

On the left bank of Vesle, i.e., the opposite side
Southsoutheast: Jonchery-sur-Vesle (part of the Vesle et Ardre area)
South: Vandeuil (part of the Vesle et Ardre area)
Comment : several of the communes on the map (from northeast via northwest to southwest) are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The town hall (mairie) of Montigny-sur-Vesle. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

The village

Montigny-sur-Vesle is located in the northwestern part of the Champagne region, a short distance northwest of Reims, on the right bank of the Vesle river.

The Montigny-sur-Vesle commune covers 946 hectares and has 508 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as ignymontois and ignymontoises.

The Virgin Grotto, la Grotte de la Vierge, which is a local sight just outside the village. The inscription reads “Immaculare virgine deiparæ. Anno 1865” Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Montigny-sur-Vesle are located to the east and southeast of the village, and consist mostly of mild southwest- to west-facing slopes. Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir dominate in the vineyards, in about equal proportions.

The current vineyard surface in the Montigny-sur-Vesle commune is 23.5 hectares (58.1 acres). There are 10.6 ha Pinot Meunier (45.1%), 9.7 ha Pinot Noir (41.3%), and 3.2 ha Chardonnay (13.6%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 20 ha. There are 6 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Proposed expansion of the Champagne wine region

Currently, Montigny-sur-Vesle is the last village located within the Champagne appellation of the villages located on the Vesle river, as seen downstream from Reims, i.e., in the westnorthwestern direction. In the proposed expansion of the Champagne wine region/appellation with 40 new communes, several of Montigny-sur-Vesle’s neighbours are to be included in the appellation. On the right bank of Vesle this applies to Bouvancourt, Ventelay, Romain, Courlandon, and Baslieux-les-Fismes. This means that all communes between Vesle and the departmental border, from Châlons-sur-Vesle and downstream, will be part of the appellation. On the left bank of Vesle, Breuil(-sur-Vesle) and Fismes will be added, and are likely to be counted as part of the Vesle et Ardre area. Five of these seven villages are visible on the map above.

Orchards in Montigny-sur-Vesle with the church in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2013).

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.

  • Chevalier de Vreese (RC)
  • Fleury-Blondy (RC)
  • F. Jacotin (RC), also called Les Chapitres des Clos, which is also the company name.

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

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2015

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