What are your favorite Champagne houses in Reims? Hoping to enjoy a morning tour on our way to Beaune from Paris. We will have a rental car. Thank you so much for any advice!
I like the Pommery Champagne House which is one of the oldest Houses- dating back to 1836. It looks like a French chateau, has great tours and a bar that serves many of Pommery’s vintages.
We really enjoyed the historic site of Moët en Chandon in Epernay.
The cellars were so interesting. to visit. There was a sign about Napoleon visiting the Champagne cellars. We loved Epernay and all the cellars there, very close to Reims.
My favorite place in Reims was the site where the surrender of Germany to the Allies took place ending WWII.
Moët is awesome too! It’s where the monk, Dom Perignon, is credited for inventing champagne- although some say an Englishman invented it and Dom Perignon perfected it. What they were drinking back then was quite different from what we know today as “champagne.” Although it’s in nearby Epernay, it’s well worth making the time to visit.
We thought the Mercier tour in Epernay was memorable. It was a quick trip on public transport. The tour begins on a small underground train, followed by an excellent tour in the cellars with details of their winemaking as well as some historical highlights. The subsequent tasting was also enjoyable. We are not souvenir shoppers, but could not resist purchasing a set of bottles and two glasses packed into a small wooden box. That box currently sits in our breakfast table, holding mail as well as memories. Mercier cannot be purchased in the US, making the experience even more unique.
We went to Pommery House and really enjoyed the tour, history and art. The champagne was great too.
In Reims my fav was Veuve Clicquot. We just tasted and did not take a tour. I loved the Taittinger tour! We learned many of the houses don't make you take the tour although some a well worth it and Moet in Epernay was fun! Don't forget to quietly ask for the cap from the bottle. I gathered a bunch and began my collection. But ask quietly since they don't want to hand them out to everyone.
I will say I liked Epernay more then Reims. It's so easy to walk the AC and the TI there is terrific. They even gave us ideas away from the AC to visit.
My husband and I took the Moet + Chandon tour in Epernay which was lovely and informative. While we were in the cavernous champagne cellar, the guide stated what the number of bottles in the cellar was, the number of sections and the number of bottles in each section. She then stated that there were a certain number of champagne bottles that exploded every year and the force of that explosion. My husband, a physicist, stated to the group that given the guide's statistics, each section had one bottle which would explode. Immediately after saying that, everyone took a giant step backward!
We did Moet et Chandon in Epernay in 1986 and Taittinger in Reims in 2015. I think if you've done one, you've done them all. The caves are interesting and of course, you'll hear the obligatory story about how many were blocked up to hide millions of bottles from the Germans. Then a tasting at the end (pay more for more than one glass) and exit via the store/gift shop. I will say the caves are wonderfully cool and refreshing if you're there on a hot summer's day.