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Reims Wine Region

Best Champagne Wineries and Wines in Reims

Reims is one of the legally defined wine-producing districts of Champagne – the internationally famous wine region of France.

Reims is located at about 129 kilometers from Paris.

It is functioning as one of the centers of production of world-famous Champagne wines along with Épernay and Ay.

We can see the headquarters of several of the biggest champagne-production houses in this wine district. And, most of them are open for visitors for tasting, as well as wine tours. As most of you might be aware, Champagne will be aged in the caves and tunnels under this wine district only.

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Now, let’s have a look at a couple of the best Champagne wineries in Reims and their wines here…

Champagne Taittinger

The history of the Champagne Taittinger can be dated to the times of World War II. Right from the start in the year 1932, this winery has grown consistently to become one of the great Champagne Houses in Reims.

With almost 288 hectares under vine cultivation, the company spans a total of 34 different crus.

We can say that this is the best in this region.

The Champagne Taittinger is known to grow the following grape varieties:

· Chardonnay
· Pinot Noir
· Pinot Meunier

Best Wines of Champagne Taittinger

Taittinger Brut Réserve

This is a blend of all the above-mentioned grape varieties which is matured to perfection.

The Chardonnay grape variety is contributing to about 40% of the blend.

This wine will be subjected to cellar ageing for three years to reach the peak of its aromatic maturity. This is often referred to as the delicately-balanced wine!

Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs

This is a specialty wine produced entirely from Chardonnay grapes that are got from the best vineyards. It is to be noted that this wine will be produced by Champagne Taittinger only when the harvests are of outstanding quality.

A 5% of the wines that are produced will be aged for four months in new oak barrels thereby improving the intrinsic qualities, as well as the complexities of the final product.

Comtes de Champagne Rosé

This blend is composed of Pinot Noir (70%) and Chardonnay (30%). The Pinot Noirs that are being used in this wine are coming from the greatest crus of the ‘Montagne’.

In order to get the body and the ageing potential, only the juice from the first press is being used in this wine. Thus, we get the exceptional champagne out of these!

Champagne Lanson

Being one of the Champagne’s oldest houses, this winery has over 500 hectares under vine cultivation. This vineyard started its first cultivation in the year 1760.

Since the start till today, a majority of champagnes that are being produced by the Champagne Lanson is using the two grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

This winery produces everything from non-vintage wines, vintage wines, and the Multi-Millésimes.

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Best Wines of Champagne Lanson

Lanson Black Label

This is produced from Pinot Noir (50%), Chardonnay (35%), and Pinot Meunier (15%).

The wine is enhanced by resting for three years in the cellars which include a six-month disgorging by which the wine would reach its perfect maturity.

Lanson Rose Label

This, which was created in the year 1950s, is known to be among the first-ever rosé champagnes. This is produced from Pinot Noir (53%), Chardonnay (32%), and Pinot Meunier (15%).

This again is subject to ageing in the cellars for about three years, including six months of disgorging. This is often referred to as the subtle wine with fine bubbles.

Lanson Ivory Label

This is again produced from the same grape varieties as the black label and will be improved by three years of ageing in the cellars which include six months of disgorging.

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