0:05 Le Domaine Les Crayères
3:45 Veuve Clicquot
7:49 Champagne Taittinger
12:04 City of Reims
15:00 Café du Palais
16:38 Musee Des Beaux-Arts
17:39 Museum of the Surrender
18:36 Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims
19:04 Le Palais du Tau
Le Domaine Les Crayères was built in 1904 as a private residence for Marquis and Marquise de Polignac. Not quite a castle, this opulent 20 room mansion is centered on a 7-hectare parklike property featuring mature gardens. Les Crayères is in the heart of Reims, France, the Champagne region, next to the callers of the Great Champagne Houses, on a World Heritage Site, Colline Saint Nicaise. The Marquis and Marquise de Polignac chose the site of their classic French mansion to be near the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims, a significant European Gothic Masterpiece of Architecture.
Located at 12 Rue du Temple, Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot is recognized as the oldest ‘modern’ champagne houses. Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Mulron, Veuve Clicquot is credited with making champagne the wine of choice for the bourgeoisie and royalty. The 1811 Comet Vintage of Veuve Clicquot is recognized as the first modern champagne vintage.
Madame Clicquot working in tandem with her cellar master, Antoine de Muller, immersed herself in the production of champagne and was a marketing expert in her time. She saw to it that the royal courts throughout Europe had access to her champagnes making it a sought-after wine across the continent. To this day Veuve Clicquot is distinguished by its yellow label, the same label that kings and queens recognized.
In 1987 the Veuve Clicquot brand of quality champagne was purchased by the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Group.
It is a one day visit to the historic wine cellars of Taittinger. A one day visit that immerses you in centuries of history. Located in Reims, France, this renowned Champagne House was founded by a family that traces their wine making roots back to the 1800’s on land that has grown vineyards since the middle ages, utilizing “cellars” that were created by chalk mines during the Roman Empire. Despite the historic significance and family history The House of Taittinger is considered a “new” house of premium champagnes.
A tour of the champagne “cellars” which are remnants of a chalk quarry worked during the Romans in the 4th Century is a highlight of the Taittinger tour. The monks of the 13th century expanded these caves beneath the Saint Nicaise Abbey to house their wines. The Abbey was destroyed during the French Revolution, the underground world of quarry pits caves and extensions remained in tact and are today used by the Taittinger Family.
Reims is a city in France that is immersed in history. Located in the north east of France, it was founded by the people of Gaul, it became a major city during the Roman Empire. Named after the tribe of Remi, the city was on the list of the Roman conquests of Gaul and became a major population center. Its history of conquest includes, Julius Caesar, Attila the Hun, and the Germans during both World Wars. Throughout history key battles took place in Reims, including those fought during the French Revolution and the reign of Napoleon. On May 7, 1945 General Dwight Eisenhower received the surrender of the Germans in this historic city.
As a center of Christianity since 250 AD, Reims played a key role in crowning Popes and French Royalty. By the 10th Century, Reims flourished as a cultural and intellectual center. The architectural wonders of Reims date back almost as far as its founding. The oldest standing monument in this vestige of civilization is the Porte de Mars (Mars Gate), alternatively dated to the 3rd and 4th Century. The Mars Gate is one of four Roman Gates in the walls that once encompassed the City.
While so many buildings hold keys to history in Reims, the more significant ones are the Palace of Tau, Saint Remi Basilica, Monument to the Black Army of Reims, The Church of St. Jacques, the remains of the Abbey of St. Denis, numerous churches, chapels and temples. The more significant modern buildings that continue the history of Reims are The Carnegie Library, and the Surrender Museum.