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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Address: 4 Rue des Crayères, 51053 Reims
Tel: 03 26 77 51 51 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 49:14:42N (49.24491)    Longitude: 4:3:17E (4.05482) 

This is the oldest Champagne house and its spectacular crayères are the only ones to be classified as a National Historic Monument. When Ruinart's buildings were completely destroyed by shelling during the Battle of the Marne, André Ruinart literally went underground, conducting the firm's affairs from one of Ruinart's spectacular crayères. When further shelling damaged a water-main, flooding this temporary accommodation, he simply lashed the office furniture to a wooden platform and it was business as usual from a raft floating around a massive gallery 80 feet beneath the ground! If you own an iPad, download their wonderful app to give you a virtual tour of their cellars as well as more information about their range.

Useful information: Visits Mondays - Fridays by appointment only – use the email above. Themed tastings can be arranged in English (and several other languages) for groups (maximum 18) if arranged in advance.


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