My first visit on the Epernay leg of my trip was to Champagne Edouard Brun & Cie, a Négociant-Manupilant situated in the quaint village of Aÿ. As I’ve said before, a visit to a smaller producer is a completely different experience to a visit to a large house. I learnt so much on this last trip to Champagne at visits to smaller producers where unlike a group tour at a large house that is very general in terms of information shared on the tour and a very set time schedule to stick to, a visit to a smaller producer means you will more than likely be hosted by the family and you will probably be on your own, which means a visit at your pace with the people who actually make the magic happen and who are more than enthusiastic about sharing their vast knowledge and interesting stories. If you’re travelling to Champagne you will not regret scheduling some time to visit a few smaller producers.
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No visit to Champagne would be complete without a visit to the oldest established Champagne House and I saved my visit to Maison Ruinart for the last day of the Reims part of my trip.
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Another favourite I was particularly excited about visiting on my recent trip to Champagne was the house of Champagne Lanson in Reims. It’s probably walkable from central Reims if you’re feeling energetic but it was raining on the morning of my visit, so I grabbed a €20 taxi from Reims station.
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My amazing trip to Champagne ended with 5 days in Paris before I headed home, and it wasn’t all about Louis Vuitton and Ladurée … I have some fabulous champagne finds to share with you.
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After a few incredible days in Reims it was time to move on to Epernay. As I’ve mentioned before, getting around proved to be expensive, the distance between Reims and Epernay is about 30km and taxi’s wanted around €85-90, but I managed to find an Uber for about €55. I had booked an Airbnb in central Epernay on Rue du Général Sarrail, about a 15 minute walk from the start of Avenue de Champagne where you will find some of the most iconic houses of Champagne.
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It seems like ages ago that I sat here in Reims, and yet it was only last month. A few weeks before this, I realized I had not been to the region in almost 2 years and thought I would just out of interest have a look at ticket prices, and before I could even blink, the ticket was booked.
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The next House I visited when I was in Champagne last month was the House of Taittinger and it really doesn’t get much better when you get to hang out in the cellars of one of your favourite Champagne Houses with a bottle of Comtes de Champagne on a private tour. Situated on the site where the Abbey of Saint Nicaise once stood, the cellars of Champagne Taittinger in the heart of Reims are nothing short of breath-taking.
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