The Montagne de Reims lies between the Marne and the Vesle Rivers, forming a broad, undulating headland of forests and thickets that stretches east-west for about 30km and north-south for 6-10km.
The vineyards hug its western and northern flanks, planted in a huge semicircle that extends from Louvois to Villers-Allerand. Vines carpet the limestone slopes and steep valleys of the famous Champagne villages of Bouzy and Ambonnay, following the contours of the mountain from Trépail to Villers-Marmery, before disappearing from view in the folds and creases of its northern flank, skirting the plain of Rheims and the famously picturesque villages of Verzenay, Mailly and Verzy.
The vineyards are predominantly planted to the Pinot Noir except in Trépail and Villers-Marmery where the Chardonnay is also cultivated.
The region produces robust wines with a crisp palate and a fragrant nose — qualities that give Champagne wines their backbone.
The average annual yield, from an area of some 2,000 hectares, ranges from 15-35hl/hectare depending on the year.
|7 953.70 ha
|Grande Montagne Reims||21||1 992||4 036.90 ha||30.28%||13.11%||56.52%|
|Massif de St Thierry||16||422||992.40 ha||17.28%||53.77%||28.93%|
|Monts de Berru||5||209||371.90 ha||91.66%||6.94%||1.24%|
|Reims : Vesle & Ardre||51||1 233||2 552.50 ha||13.39%||61.16%||25.32%|