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

Diagram Verpillières-sur-Ource 201607Key facts

Located in subregion/area: Côte des Bar / Barséquanais
Vineyards and grape varieties: 75.3 hectares (186.1 acres), of which 92% Pinot Noir, 6% Chardonnay, 0.8% Pinot Meunier, and 0.8% others.
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. The dashed red line is the departmental border between Aube (where Verpillières-sur-Ource is located) and Côte-d’Or (where Grancey-sur-Ource is located).

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

West and north: Essoyes
Northeast: Fontette
East: Cunfin

The village

The church in Verpillières-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Siren-Com, 2010).

Verpillières-sur-Ource is located at the Ource river, on its right bank, which means north of the river. The area around Ource is referred to as the Ource valley, la Vallée de l’Ource.

Verpillières-sur-Ource is located the furthest upstream along Ource of all villages within the Champagne appellation. Verpillières-sur-Ource is one of the southernmost communes in the Aube departement, and borders in the south to the Grancey-sur-Ource commune in the Côte-d’Or department.

The Verpillières-sur-Ource commune covers 1793 hectares and has 115 inhabitants (as of 2013), referred to as Daglins and Daglines.


The vineyards in Verpillières-sur-Ource are located to the northeast of the village, in two blocks at different distance from the village. The more distant block is continuous with the vineyards in Fontette. Pinot Noir dominates greatly.

The current vineyard surface in the Verpillières-sur-Ource commune is 75.3 hectares (186.1 acres). There are 69.5 ha Pinot Noir (92.3%), 4.6 ha Chardonnay (6.1%), 0.6 ha Pinot Meunier (0.8%), and 0.6 ha others (0.8%), most of which is likely to be Pinot Blanc. Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 50 ha. There are 21 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

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.

Comment: the list may be incomplete.

Postcard from the early 20th century, depicting the railroad station in Verpillières-sur-Ource. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons.


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

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