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Clérey-la-Côte (France)
region Grand Est
Department Vosges
Arrondissement Neufchâteau
Canton Neufchâteau
Community association Ouest Vosgien
Coordinates 48 ° 29 ′  N , 5 ° 45 ′  E Coordinates: 48 ° 29 ′  N , 5 ° 45 ′  E
height 272-427 m
surface 3.18 km 2
Residents 32 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 10 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 88630
INSEE code

Location of Clérey-la-Côte in the Vosges department

Clérey-la-Côte is a French commune in the department of Vosges in the region Grand Est (2015 Lorraine ). It belongs to the Neufchâteau and the canton of Neufchâteau . The municipality has 32 inhabitants (January 1, 2017) who are called Clercycurtiens .


Clérey-la-Côte is located in the north-west of the Vosges department on the border with the Meuse and Meurthe-et-Moselle departments . The village is 55 kilometers from Nancy and is halfway between Toul and Neufchâteau .

The municipality lies on a southern slope above the Ruisseau de l'Orge , a small tributary of the Meuse , which rises to 427 meters. There are numerous springs there, including the Saint-Mathieu spring. Some of the fauna and flora are typical of the Mediterranean climate.


Settlement dates back to prehistoric times, as tool finds show. The village has existed under the name Clareium ad Rupem since Roman times and was located near the road from Lyon to Trier .

Despite its small population, this village, formerly known as Clairey-la-Côte , had two castles, the remains of which can still be seen on Rue du Bois and above the church. Two gentlemen ruled on the eve of the revolution, M. de Cholet de Saint-Martin and Baron de Saint-Amand .

A cholera epidemic claimed numerous victims, who are still visible today in a walled hole in the forest.

The production of a prized wine (clairet) was the main industry of the village, the southern slopes of which are particularly suitable. In 1889, 500 hectoliters were produced from 25 hectares of vines. One street even bears the name of a winemaker (Tysopin). However, the wine was as a result of the crisis because of phylloxera (at the beginning of the 20th century phylloxera abandoned) and the cheap wine production from the South. Storage in house cellars is evidence of this wine past.

The German Wehrmacht entered the village on June 19 and 20, 1940 from the Maas through the Strait of Sauvigny.

Today there is still a distillery with Georges Fresnais . The 1999 storm caused severe wind breaks in the forests. Mayor Jean-Louis Schmit sent woodcutters from Sweden and received the Agricultural Merit Order. He died in May 2003.

Some data

  • 1763: Construction of the Church of St. Mathäus
  • 1869: The residents pay contributions to build a bell tower and buy the bells
  • 1821: Construction of the washing area
  • 1851: Construction of the town hall and school

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007
Residents 71 72 68 66 56 45 38


The Moncourt Chapel

In the vicinity of the village was the old town of Moncourt , which was completely destroyed in the Thirty Years War and of which only the chapel from the 13th century remains today. It was bought as a national property by the people of Clérey-la-Côte. This place of worship was the residence of numerous hermits . The chapel dedicated to Saint Gibrien was a pilgrimage center for people who had lost a loved one or who felt guilty of religious carelessness.

The spring there supposedly had a healing effect against intestinal diseases. The horizontal fall of a previously held piece of clothing over the well was considered a sign of healing.

Numerous Merovingian graves are believed to exist here, but no excavations have been carried out to date.

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