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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Address: 3 Rue de Rilly,
51500 Chigny Les Roses
Tel: 03 36 03 56 58
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 49:9:25N (49.15702) Longitude: 4:3:43E (4.06207)
Gilles Dumangin is an enterprising, excellent grower in the pretty flower-filled village of Chigny-les-Roses. Gilles speaks perfect English, having lived in London for some years. His praised Grande Réserve Brut is made from 50% Pinot Meunier, this grape variety also accounting for the red wine that is added to colour his succulent Rosé. He looks for and successfully achieves finesse and fruit rather than vinosity and substance in these Champagnes, an intelligent recognition of the strength and character of his soils. As something of an epicure, since 2001 Gilles has revived some forgotten Champenois specialites such as a delicious Champagne confit or jam that matches a delicate foie gras, or the grape chutney that is an ideal condiment for pâtés. He also imaginatively uses cask ageing and solera systems to produce a range of liqueur and spirits such as Ratafia, Marc and Fine de Champagne.
Useful information: Open Tuesday and Thursday - Saturday 10.00-17.30. Closed on Sundays, Mondays and in August. Advisable to telephone to make an appointment. Fluent English spoken.
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