Located in: Montagne & Val de Reims
Vineyards and grape varieties: 940.2 hectares (2323.3 acres), of which 54.8% Pinot Meunier, 29.7% Pinot Noir, and 15.4% Chardonnay.
Villages and classification: 15 villages, all “autre cru”.
Noted for: Pinot Meunier and for the northernmost vineyards of the Champagne wine region.
Villages of the Massif de Saint-Thierry
- Brimont: 44.5 ha (5% Ch / 82% PM / 13% PN), autre cru (83%)
- Cauroy-lès-Hermonville: 15.4 ha (0% Ch / 99% PM / 1% PN), autre cru (83%)
- Châlons-sur-Vesle: 2.1 ha (0% Ch / 0% PM / 100% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Chenay: 58.1 ha (15% Ch / 20% PM / 65% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Cormicy: 57.0 ha (21% Ch / 36% PM / 43% PN), autre cru (83%)
- Hermonville: 104.5 ha (14% Ch / 62% PM / 24% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Merfy: 45.7 ha (34% Ch / 46% PM / 20% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Montigny-sur-Vesle: 23.5 ha (14% Ch / 45% PM / 41% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Pévy: 92.4 ha (12% Ch / 58% PM / 30% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Pouillon: 52.5 ha (17% Ch / 71% PM / 12% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Prouilly: 135.8 ha (10% Ch / 61% PM / 29% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Saint-Thierry: 56.5 ha (20% Ch / 47% PM / 33% PN), autre cru (87%)
- Thil: 49.6 ha (27% Ch / 60% PM / 13% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Trigny: 188.8 ha (15% Ch / 50% PM / 35% PN), autre cru (84%)
- Villers-Franqueux: 13.8 ha (9% Ch / 84% PM / 8% PN), autre cru (84%)
Google Maps view with the villages in the Massif de Saint-Thierry highlighted.
South: Vesle et Ardre
The Massif de Saint-Thierry is one of 17 areas (“terroirs”) in the Champagne wine region, at least in the scheme used by the Union de Maisons de Champagne (UMC), and these 17 areas are grouped into four subregions, of which the Montagne & Val de Reims is one.
The Massif de Saint-Thierry area is located to the northwest of Reims and includes the northernmost vineyards of the Champagne region, that can be found in the village Cormicy. The area is named for one of the villages in the area, where there is a monastery which in Medieval times ran had vineyards in the surrounding parts.
The vineyards in Massif de Saint-Thierry are somewhat spread out, around the forest area that are located in the middle of the area, and consist mostly of mild slopes. The rather easily cultivated grape variety Pinot Meunier therefore dominate in the area as a while, but in three out of 15 byar Pinot Noir is the most common grape variety.
The border between the areas Massif de Saint-Thierry and Vesle et Ardre are by UMC drawn along the Vesle river. The villages to the west of Reims that are located on the right bank of the the Vesle are therefore counted as part of the Massif de Saint-Thierry.
Plans for future expansion of the area
In the expansion proposed for the Champagne wine region/appellation with 40 new communes (on top of the current 319, while 2 are removed), 7 of the communes are located in this area:
- On the eastern side the “gap” between Brimont and the rest of the area is filled by adding Courcy and Loivre.
- The area is expanded to the west with Bouvancourt, Ventelay, Romain, Courlandon, and Baslieux-les-Fismes, which means that all communes between the Vesle river and the departmental border (starting in Châlons-sur-Vesle and continuing downstream) will be part of the appellation. On the other side of Vesle, Breuil(-sur-Vesle) and Fismes will be added, but they should be counted as part of the Vesle et Ardre area.
Current vineyard surface in the Massif de Saint-Thierry (as of 2013 according to CIVC) is 940.2 ha (2323.3 acres), distributed over 408 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the 15 villages. There are 515.6 ha Pinot Meunier (54.8%), 279.4 ha Pinot Noir (29.7%), and 144.9 ha Chardonnay (15.4%).
© Tomas Eriksson 2015, last update 2015-12-03