Champagne village profile: Soulières in the Val du Petit Morin

Diagram Soulières 201512Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Val du Petit Morin
Vineyards and grape varieties: 32.6 hectares (80.6 acres), of which 83% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier, and 1.5% Pinot Noir.

Classification: “Autre cru” (85%)

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 Val du Petit Morin area highlighted. The area’s only premier cru village, Étréchy, is shown in yellow and the other villages in orange.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if it exists.

Neighbouring villages

North and east: Vertus, premier cru (part of the Côte des Blancs)
Southsoutheast: Étréchy, premier cru
Southwest: Givry-lès-Loisy
Comment: some of the communes on the northern part of the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.

The church in Soulières, Église Saint-Martin. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo François Collard, 2009).

The village

Soulières is the northernmost Champagne village of the Val du Petit Morin, and is located some distance from the Petit Morin. The village is also located on the back side of the Côte des Blancs hill, and south of a small forest which separates it from the Côteaux Sud d’Épernay area.

The Soulières commune covers 604 hectares and has 138 inhabitants (as of 2012), referred to as Soulièrats and Soulièrates.

Vineyards

The vineyards in Soulières is located west and south of the village and consists mostly of mild slopes of varying direction, including south-, west-, and east-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Givry-lès-Loisy and are dominated by Chardonnay.

The current vineyard surface in the Soulières commune is 32.6 hectares (80.6 acres). There are 27.1 ha Chardonnay (83.1%), 5.0 ha Pinot Meunier (15.3%), and 0.5 ha Pinot Noir (1.5%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 32 ha. There are 8 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Single vineyard sites in Soulières include Les Crochettes.

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-Fransoret (RC), has slightly more than 7 ha of vineyards with 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Meunier. The vintage Champagne is a blanc de blancs.
  • Alain Roux (RC)
  • Tange-Gérard (RC), which is run by Solveig Tange, who is Danish, and Alain Gérard, who comes from this area. They have 3 ha in Soulières, Givry-les-Loisy, and Loisy-en-Brie with 1.2 ha Chardonnay, 1.2 ha Pinot Meunier, and 0.2 ha Pinot Noir. The range includes a vintage blanc de blancs. Solveig has a blog called Bobler/Bubbles which includes a mixture of posts in Danish and English.

Comment: the list may not be complete.

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2017-01-21

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