While Paris is considered the ultimate weekend getaway for Britons, it is mystifying that the beautiful Champagne region has long been overlooked.
Hollywood producer Frank Mannion frequently visited the region during research for a documentary about the top tipple. Here he reveals where to drink, where to stay, and lots of intriguing history.
Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and more: discover LVMH’s prestigious champagne maisons…
One of Champagne’s oldest houses is making some dramatic changes in response to climate change.
With the explosion in popularity of Instagram, it increasingly feels like you haven’t really been on vacation until you’ve carefully crafted and posted that all-important shot from your hotel, hacienda or houseboat.
It’s typical to celebrate a special event with champagne but with an experience designed by LVMH’s lifestyle arm Clos19, it can be celebrated in Champagne.
Four Days of Michelin-Starred Dinners and Private Champagne Tastings Await…
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How the Avenue de Champagne, and the bottles in its cellars, have endured the test of centuries, from Napoleon’s conquests to the world wars.
Exciting news from Champagne country: In July, the Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa will open after a dramatic renovation project. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the Royal Champagne overlooks the vineyards around Champillon, just north of Épernay. This is a sought-after tourist destination for oenophiles and history buffs alike; in 2015, UNESCO awarded World Heritage status to “the hillsides, houses and wine cellars of Champagne.”
This wine country retreat occupies both a modernist wing and an ancient Relais de Poste (coaching inn) where the French kings made a stopover on their way to coronation ceremonies in Reims. The renovation has sought to elevate the property with “the region’s first world-class destination spa”—to quote the official website—along with a gastronomic restaurant overseen by two-star Michelin chef Jean-Denis Rieubland. We hear that menus will be devised with specific champagne pairings in mind. The hotel also has its own sommelier on property, and guest experiences include wine tastings, private events in the eight-guest wine cellar and exclusive access to several local wine venues for harvesting, “clear wine” tastings and private picnics.
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While driving into the vineyard, you will be amazed by the diversity of landscapes, colours and architectural heritage passing before your eyes. The region, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, is, first of all, a land of history. The place was already very active during Roman Empire. It has always been an economic centre, a crossroad and the home of famous medieval fairs. Reims remains the city where French kings were crowned, from Clovis in 498 to Charles IX in 1825.
Champagne, the closest wine region from Paris
You have got some days off and you wonder how you could make the most of them? What about visiting the Champagne region and tasting some delicious nectar? Indeed, the most famous French vineyard is only three hours driving far from Calais. Traveling by car remains the easiest way to visit wineries in Champagne often located in the heart of the vineyards.
Wonderful cellars that contain millions of bottles
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to visit the entire Dom Pérignon’s region and its 30.000 hectares in only a few days.
Go below the glam Maison Charles Heidsieck in Champagne to a vast network of ancient caves aging some of the world’s best bubbles.
A hundred and six steps below the Maison Charles Heidsieck in the city of Reims lies a vast underground world. The crayères — a network of cavernous chambers hewn from ancient Gallo-Romain quarries — is the prized place for aging Champagnes in perfect conditions (dark, humid, and a constant 10 degrees Celsius).
Today these crayères are home to Charles Heidsieck’s cellars. The historic house was started by Champagne Charlie, the man credited with introducing Champagne to America (among other things).
In 1867, Charles Heidsieck made a fortuitous decision to buy his very own chalk galleries. Today the grande marque Maison is one of only five Champagne houses to own cellars in the crayères — named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2015.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, the vineyards, long-standing production houses and cool, chalk-walled cellars make for a dramatic adjunct to your Paris trip.
It’s those sparkling bubbles that set Champagne apart from the quiet universe of still wines. And Champagne was once a pretty ordinary still wine itself until the sparkle was sealed into the bottle thanks to the rediscovery of the cork as a stopper by, according to the most popular accounts, Dom Pérignon, a Benedictine monk who was the cellar master at the abbey of Hautvillers not far from Epernay in the late 17th and early 18th century. Today, Hautvillers is one of the world’s most famous vineyards, and it lies just 145 kilometers northeast of Paris—begging travelers to head up the A4 for at least a day trip if not a weekend or longer.
There is no denying that champagne has long been a choice of drink for the wealthy and powerful. But when the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided in 2015 that parts of France’s Champagne region, along with its champagne houses and cellars, should be on its World Heritage list, it wasn’t to acknowledge the glamorous status of bubbly drinks consumed by party-goers with deep pockets. This northeast region of France is worthy of attention for its long history of wine-making and story of resilience through the First World War.
Since King Clovis (a.k.a. “The first king of France”) was baptized in Reims Cathedral in AD 496 and the occasion was celebrated with the wines produced in the Champagne region, the area has been associated with the French monarchs.
Quick Description: [EN] The avenue of Champagne is one of the main axes of the city of Epernay, often considered its “most prestigious way”.
[EN] Since July 2015, the property “Coteaux, Maisons and Caves de Champagne” has been included in the list of the World Heritage of UNESCO in the category “Cultural Landscape Evolving Living”. The avenue de Champagne is one of the three most representative sites in the area and the work of producing, developing and marketing Champagne wine.
In Champagne houses and private mansions, this straight line of more than a kilometer is lined with buildings of an architecture marked from the late nineteenth century.
Individual and large houses Trading houses make up a coherent whole aligned on the Avenue and rhythmated by high massive and worked gates.
How special is a place that not just a monument, but the whole region, is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site? Say hello to the Champagne region of France.
It’s an area of enticing landscapes, small, medieval towns, time-honoured traditions, and of course the gold standard of wines – champagne.
The Champagne wine region lies east of Paris and produces more than 320 million bottles of bubbly each year, from around 280,000 vineyards.
But it is not just the bubbly that draws visitors here, like any good wine region it has excellent restaurants and local dishes.
Put them together and the Champagne region of France becomes a haven of taste.
As I was to discover, champagne isn’t just one wine, it has a range of flavours and notes that make it very versatile and the perfect partner for many foods.