France: Champagne

Around Reims

The city of Reims and the Montagne de Reims
By Tom Stevenson and Michael Edwards

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2010
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Itineraries

Ideal One-Day Itinerary

MORNING
Breakfast coffee in one of the many cafes in the Place d’Erlon
Quick visit to Reims Cathedral to view the circular window in the morning sun
Visit Pommery
Lunch at Bistrot Henry IV or Le Coup de Fourchette (58 Rue de Doctor Thomas), well known to locals for a great choice of choucroutes and traditional flammeküeches (Alsace speciality, like a wafer-thin pizza).

AFTERNOON
Head towards Epernay, but turn left at Montchenot, onto the D26, along the escarpment of the northern Montagne de Reims
Visit Vilmart at Rilly-la-Montagne
Continue eastwards on the N51, stopping off at the Moulin de Verzenay for the view.
Drive to Verzy to visit and walk to the Faux de Verzy. Head back to Verzy for coffee at one of the cafés in the village centre.
Press on, out of Verzy, to Villers-Marmery and Trépail on the eastern Montagne de Reims. Notice anything different about the vines? These villages are planted with 98 and 90 per cent Chardonnay respectively.
Visit Champagne Pierre Déthune in Ambonnay
Return to Reims and a quick visit to the cathedral to view the circular window in the late afternoon sun
Dinner at Le Foch.

 

Ideal Two-Day Itinerary

DAY ONE:

MORNING
Breakfast coffee in one of the many cafes in the Place d’Erlon
Quick visit to Reims Cathedral to view the circular window in the morning sun
Visit Pommery
Lunch at Bistrot Henry IV or Le Coup de Fourchette (58 Rue de Doctor Thomas), well known to locals for a great choice of choucroutes and traditional flammeküeches (Alsace speciality, like a wafer-thin pizza).

AFTERNOON
Head towards Epernay, but turn left at Montchenot, onto the D26, along the escarpment of the northern Montagne de Reims
Visit Vilmart at Rilly-la-Montagne
Continue eastwards on the N51, stopping off at the Moulin de Verzenay for the view.
Drive to Verzy to visit and walk to the Faux de Verzy. Head back to Verzy for coffee at one of the cafés in the village centre.
Press on, out of Verzy, to Villers-Marmery and Trépail on the eastern Montagne de Reims. Notice anything different about the vines? These villages are planted with 98 and 90 per cent Chardonnay respectively.
Visit Champagne Pierre Déthune in Ambonnay
Return to Reims and a quick visit to the cathedral to view the circular window in the late afternoon sun
Dinner at Le Foch
Stay at Le Grand Hotel des Templiers.

DAY TWO:

MORNING
Visit 1: Ruinart
Head out of the city to Chigny-les-Roses
Visit 2: Champagne Dumangin
Lunch at Le Grand Cerf in Montchenot

AFTERNOON
Return to Reims and visit the Basilique de Saint Rémi
Visit Taittinger
Shopping including any Champagne you need at Caves du Forum
Dinner at Le Boulingrin.

 

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