Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 329.1 hectares (813.2 acres), of which 85% Pinot Noir, 12% Chardonnay, 2% Pinot Meunier, and 0.9% others, including Pinot Blanc.
Classification: ”Autre cru” (80%)
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Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation
Loches-sur-Ource is located along the Ource river, on its right bank, which means north/east of the river. The surrounding area is called the Ource valley, la Vallée de l’Ource.
The Loches-sur-Ource commune covers 1371 hectares and has 365 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Lochois and Lochoises.
The vineyards in Loches-sur-Ource are primarily located north of the Ource river (on its right bank), spread over several hills and small valleys. A smaller part of the vineyards are located south of the river. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.
The current vineyard surface in the Loches-sur-Ource commune is 329.1 hectares (813.2 acres). There are 279.2 ha Pinot Noir (84.8%), 39.6 ha Chardonnay (12.0%), 7.3 ha Pinot Meunier (2.2%), and 3.0 ha others (0.9%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 268 ha. There are 73 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Single vineyard sites
Vineyard sites in Loches-sur-Ource include, among others:
- On the right bank of Ource (north): Le Rupt.
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.
- Amyot (RM)
- Celce-Legrain (RC, Facebook page)
- Dautel-Cadot (RM), has vineyards in Loches-sur-Ource, Noé-les-Mallets, and Chacenay. Carte Blanche is a vintage blanc de blancs from 100% Chardonnay, Cuvée Élégance is a 100% Pinot Blanc.
- Alain Doussot (RC)
- Poinsot Frères (RC, Facebook page), whose range includes a vintage Champagne.
- Richardot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 12 ha of vineyards, with 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. Héritage is a vintage Champagne composed of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. JJJ is composed of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir originating from the vineyard site Val Sévrier et le Paon.
- Tassin (RM), has vineyards in Loches-sur-Ource, Celles-sur-Ource, Landreville, and Essoyes.
Comment: the list may be incomplete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- (The Loches-sur-Ource commune doesn’t have a website.)
- UMC’s village profile of Loches-sur-Ource.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-07-29