Champagne village profile: Loches-sur-Ource in the Barséquanais

Diagram Loches-sur-Ource 201510Key facts

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%)


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 Barséquanais highlighted.

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

Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation

Northnortheast: Chacenay
Northeast: Noé-les-Mallets
East: Essoyes
Southwest: Courteron
Southwest: Gyé-sur-Seine
West: Landreville
Northnorthwest: Viviers-sur-Artaut

The village

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.

Roman bridge over Ource in Loches-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Hg marigny, 2009).


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.

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.

  • 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.

Postcard from the early 20th century showing the railway station in Loches-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.


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

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