Ruinart Champagne Tour in Reims France was all made possible by my cousin who lives in Reims. We went to the first Champagne House in the world, The Crayéres of Ruinart.
Originally carved as quarries in the Early Middle Ages, the crayères, which are chalk caves, is where Nicolas Ruinart, a Reims draper who founded the world’s first Champagne house, aged his wines. This one of kind Champagne house was founded in Reims in 1729.
My cousin, who made this all possible, for our private tour. She is a professional wine taster and deals with all the champagne house around Reims. So basically people call her to taste the collections of champagne. Jeff and I were surprised to see how serious this all is considering that 2 drinks and I fall asleep.
Reims, France takes great pride in their Champagne Houses. They drink it morning, noon and night it seems, where Americans drink it for special occasions. It is custom in the area to serve it before dinner and when company comes to visit you at home. The people of Reims are very privileged in this area because it is much cheaper to buy in the region.
It is extradinarty to see that the champagne is still made and preserved the same as it was 350 years ago. The turning of the bottle still takes place with 40 employees to take care of Ruinart Champagne.
When the tour was over, we were directed into the tasting room that was prepared like fine dining would be. The corks were popped and glasses were poured of 4 different brands. Going from a low price of $40 to a higher price being $380.00
The Dom Ruinart was my favorite and it was not the most expensive of them all. My cousin tells me that you have to have a developed pallet to love older wines and champagne. The other thing I noticed is buyers were closing there eyes to taste. The gentleman tells me it will highten the pallet to taste and concentrate on the flavor. I closed me eyes and just wanted to take a nap from all the drinking that I had already done.
Ruinart Champagne Tour
By the end of the drinking I did feel like my head was spinning. I was definitely a little drunk after 4 glasses of champagne not to mention what I had for lunch. As for Jeff, he was a pro, like he had been a wine taster all his life.
What to bring
- Bring a sweater or jacket
- Bottled water
- Camera should be set on high speed. Very dim lighting
- Bag to carry your champagne that you buy
The Crayeres Ruinart Champagne // My Video Tour
Places to Stay
The Reims area is lovely and there is plenty of places to stay. I recommended staying close to town so you can walk around and tour the area.
- Domaine Les Crayères - a luxury hotel and gourmet restaurant in a classic French chateau in Reims. Very expensive but absolutely beautiful.
- Hôtel Centre Reims - Best Western - my favorite because it's right in the middle of town where you can walk to restaurants, shops and attraction and they have a trolly that goes all along the street.
Tickets to Buy
Buy your tickets before you leave to visit. The tours will fill up fast and are not open year round. The best time to visit is April to October. Your tickets per person 70,00€ with a tour group. The tour will take 2 hours. To buy tickets >> https://www.ruinart.com/en-GB/products.
If you are coming from Paris, take the high speed train to Reims.
- Gare de l’Est in Paris to downtown Reims, with high-speed trains leaving regularly. Buy tickets >> sncf.com
- From the Charles de Gaulle Airport, the train ride is about 45 minutes. You can take the modern train, Quigo and arrive at the Gare Champagne-Ardenne. Cabs are out front and a 10 minute ride to downtown Reims.
- If you plan on touring and drinking the area of Reims, get a car service. They are very strict in the area it's well worth it. Champagne Classe Affaire
OTHER ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT IN FRANCE:
- Eiffel Tower in Paris France on Our First Day
- Paris Tours to Notre Dame Cathedral
- Montmartre in Paris for My Birthday
- Palace of Versailles in France was Beautiful
RECIPES FROM FRANCE:
- French Country Style Tomato Basil Soup
- What is Foie Gras a Classic French Appetizer
- Quick Low-Carb Egg Breakfast
- French Einkorn Crepes
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