Champagne village profile: Voipreux, a premier cru in the Côte des Blancs

Diagram Voipreux 201510Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Côte des Blancs
Vineyards and grape varieties: 41.4 hectares (102.3 acres), of which 99.0% Chardonnay, 0.7% Pinot Noir, and 0.2% Pinot Meunier.

Classification: Premier cru (95%)
Noted for: Chardonnay from premier cru-classificed vineyards.

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

East: Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny, premier cru
West: Vertus, premier cru
Comment: several of the communes on the map, in particular on the flatland to the east, are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The church in Voipreux, Église Saint Pierre. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Methos31, 2008).

The village

Voipreux is located on the flatland east of the Côte des Blancs slope, along the stream La Berle, which continues via La Somme-Soude to empty into the Marne river in the northeast.

The Voipreux has a very elongated shape, with the long axis being northnorthwest-southsoutheast, covers 432 hectares and has 226 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as voipreutiots and voipreutiotes.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Voipreux are located north of the village, and are continuous with those in Vertus and Villeneuve-Renneville-Chevigny. The vineyards are located on rather flat land below the Côte des Blancs slopes itself, and consist almost exclusively of Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Voipreux commune is 41.4 hectares (102.3 acres). There are 41.0 ha Chardonnay (99.0%), 0.3 ha Pinot Noir (0.7%), and 0.1 ha Pinot Meunier (0.2%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 41 ha. There are 29 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

The premier cru status

On the now defunct échelle des crus scale, where 100% = grand cru and 90-99% = premier cru, Voipreux had 95% which meant premier cru status. Voipreux has kept this premier cru status following the abolishment of the échelle des crus, just like other villages that achieved it.

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. Smaller producers with unknown status are placed under this heading.

  • Denis Chaumont (RC), also Chaumont. The vintage Champagne is a blanc de blancs.
  • M. Férat & Fils (RC), has its main seat in Vertus, but also an address in Voipreux. Has a bit more than 7 ha of vineyards in Vertus and Voipreux with 85% Chardonnay, 10% Pinot Meunier, and 5% Pinot Noir. The vintage Champagne is a blanc de blancs.
  • Alain Maximy (RC), which has two vintage Champagnes: Cuvée Prestige which is a 100% Chardonnay and Cuvée Spéciale which is a 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2006 vintage).

Comment: the list may not be complete.

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© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2016-01-06

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