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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
72,121 Bottles of Taitinger Champagne sleep blissfully in a 13th-century wine cave below Taittinger headquarters in Reims. The miles of tunnels were originally dug in the chalk by wine-making monks. You can tour the amazing network of caves - and...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
This nearly 2,000-year old wine barrel was discovered in Reims, France, and is now on display at Champagne Taittinger headquarters. (Those are modern-day barrels in the background.) You can see it there, tour the amazing network of caves - and...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
Bottles of Champagne sleep blissfully in a 13th-century wine cave below Taittinger headquarters in Reims. These bottles are in the process of being "riddled" by hand, the process of little turns and tilts that slowly shifts the sediment to the...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
These cobwebby bottles of aging Taittinger Champagne hold the equivalent of 8 regular bottles. They're called Methuselahs - and definitely look the part! Seen on a tour of the Taittinger cellars in Reims, France.
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
The Champagne region was the site of many WWI battles, and the Taittinger Champagne cellars - miles of tunnels - were turned into a hospital for French soldiers. They left a lot of reminders, carved into the soft chalk walls of the 13th-century...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
This stairway into the cellars at Champagne Taittinger is a remnant from the St. Nicaise Monastery, whose monks dug the cellar tunnels in the 13th century. These miles of cellars were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. In this case,...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
What's a cellar tour without a taste or two? This is Taittinger's flagship Champagne - crisp, refined and "feminine," due their emphasis on Chardonnay grapes. It includes some Grand Cru and Premier Cru grapes (unusual for a house's entry-level...
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9 Place Saint-Nicaise, 51100 Reims, France
UNESCO just designated several areas of Champagne cellars as World Heritage Sites, including the caves of Champagne Taittinger. If you do the tour, you'll see tunnels dug by monks in the 13th century and even older spaces that were once chalk...
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Rue de la Marquetterie, 51530 Pierry, France
These gorgeous Chardonnay grape vineyards are part of the Taittinger estate near the Côte des Blancs region, where many of the white component grapes that go into Champagne are grown. If you visit the Champagne region, by all means, get outside of...
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Rue de la Marquetterie, 51530 Pierry, France
This chateau, now owned by Champagne Taittinger, was built in 1734. During the French Revolution, the owner at the time was a rather well-known writer, who ended up getting beheaded for his loyalty to the king. Fortunately, as a fellow writer, I...