Champagne, France


Champagne: Six of the best houses to visit

Editor's pick: check out six of the best houses to visit in Champagne.champagne cellar

☆ Veuve Clicquot, Reims

The 24km of linked galleries hold more than 32 million bottles. Three tours and tastings are offered, the best of which gives you the chance to taste four vintages, including Cave Privée 1990 and Rosé 1989. By appointment only.

☆ GH Mumm, Reims

Three tours, each including a tasting. The Grand Crus tour includes Blanc de Blancs and Blanc de Noirs from Verzenay that has great richness, depth and complexity. Booking essential.

☆ Marguet Père & Fils, Ambonnay

Benoît Marguet focuses on organic production to make best use of the grand cru terroirs his family owns, and makes excellent wines with a strong individual character. By appointment.

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☆ Franck Bonville, Avize

A grower-producer with 18ha of vineyard in the grands crus of Cramant, Avize and Oger. Run by Olivier Bonville who makes fine Blanc de Blancs that express the mineral qualities of this chalky terroir. By appointment.

☆ Tarlant, Oeuilly

On the hilly south side of the Marne Valley around Leuvrigny, Mareuil-le- Port and Oeuilly, Benoît Tarlant makes expressive wines, mostly from Pinot Meunier using little or no dosage. Booking essential.

☆ Roger Brun, Aÿ

Next to the 15th-century church in grand cru Aÿ, Philippe Brun makes a fine range of full-bodied Champagnes which reach their impressive peak in Cuvée des Sires and La Pelle. Booking essential (also has rooms).

Translated by Sylvia Wu / 吴嘉溦

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