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REIMS DAY 3: Moët & Chandon and Saint-Jean-des-Vignes

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When you awaken on your third day, get in your car and be prepared to discover both le Champagne and la Champagne at the same time. The Route du Champagne lies within a triangle formed by Reims, Châlons-sur-Marne, and Épernay and rambles through the vineyards of the Montagne de Reims, the Côte des Blancs, and the Marne Valley.

Moët & Chandon Cellar
Moët & Chandon Cellar

The Montagne de Reims portion of this marked route extends from Reims to Épernay and is approximately 47 miles long. Be sure to stop for a tour of Moët & Chandon's impressive cellars, or those of Mercier at Épernay.

If by chance you decide to make your way to Épernay on Day 2, stay at Hostellerie La Briqueterie, a charming, refined hotel nestled amid the vineyards. Spacious, elegantly appointed guest quarters are offered. Guests enjoy taking leisurely strolls through the surrounding, flower-filled grounds. This hotel also houses an excellent namesake restaurant.

The Saint-Jean-des-Vignes abbey in Soissons, France
Saint-Jean-des-Vignes

Épernay is also a starting point for the other two portions of the Route de Champagne. The Marne Valley route goes from Épernay to Vincelles and is approximately 32 miles long, while the Côte des Blancs route extends from Épernay to Villenaux la Grande and is approximately 68 miles long.

Of course, if time allows, there is so much more history to explore in Champagne beyond this area. For example, Clovis's first capital was Soissons, northwest of Reims. In their very first history book, French children learn the story of the Soissons Vase. Clovis, one day, ordered a soldier to give him a vase taken as booty from a church. The soldier broke the vase instead of returning it. A year later, spying the disobedient soldier, Clovis split open his head saying: "There! I've done to you what you did to the Soissons Vase." Nothing more is known of this vessel, but visitors to Soissons can view the ancient abbey of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes and an imposing Gothic cathedral (look inside for Ruben's "Adoration of the Shepherds").

For more information, visit the Reims Tourist Office


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