Champagne village profile: Monthurel on the left bank of the Marne valley

Key facts

Located in subregion / area: Vallée de la Marne / Vallée de la Marne Ouest (formerly in the Terroir de Condé)
Vineyards and grape varieties: 39.7 hectares (98.1 acres), of which 50% Pinot Meunier, 37% Pinot Noir, and 12% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (83%)

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. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Aisne (where Monthurel is located) and Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Ouest highlighted, as well as some surrounding villages in white.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

Northnortheast: Reuilly-Sauvigny
East: Saint-Agnan
Southeast: Celles-lès-Condé
Northwest: Connigis

Comment: some of the villages to the south and southwest are not included in the list above, since they are outside the appellation and therefore will not be profiled.

Monthurel with vineyards in the background. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

The village

Monthurel is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at Le Surmelin, a river which empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins.

The Monthurel commune covers 386 hectares and has 151 inhabitants (as of 2015), referred to as Monthurellois and Monthurelloises.

The Union des Maisons de Champagne used to count Monthurel as part of the area Terroir de Condé. This was not very surprising, since the area was named for Condé-en-Brie (which itself isn’t a Champagne village), which is close to Monthurel. Around 2017 the borders were adjusted for the areas close to the departmental border between the Marne and Aisne department. Currently, UMC counts Monthurel as part of the Vallée de la Marne Ouest, the Western Marne Valley.

The town hall (mairie) of Monthurel. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in Monthurel are gathered in a single block in the slope above the village and are continuous with those in Celles-lès-Condé and Connigis, on the respective side. The vineyards are southwest-facing with Pinot Meunier as the most common grape variety, but with Pinot Noir reasonably close.

The current vineyard surface in the Monthurel commune is 39.7 hectares (98.1 acres). There are 20.0 ha Pinot Meunier (50.4%), 14.8 ha Pinot Noir (37.3%), and 4.9 ha Chardonnay (12.3%). Current information from CIVC as of 2019, refers to the situation a few years earlier. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 35 ha. There are 7 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.

  • Sylvain Billion (RC)

Comment: the list be incomplete.

The church in Monthurel, Église Saint-Éloi. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jean-Pierre Duburcq, 2013).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2018, last updated 2019-04-06

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