From a text of Dom Almane, monk at Hautvillers' monastery (9th century):
"It's called "Hautvillers" ("high village"),
"High" is its name, high it is...
Here are the forest's thick leaves crowning it.
On its hillsides, widely spread, an ocean of vines, heavy with grapes which juice will makes glasses sparkle with their pearls.
At its feet, the majestic Marne river, embellishes the site.
Altogether, these natural elements make the perfect settlement."