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Champagne R Coulon – Champagne vineyard B&B

In the heart of vineyards the Champagne vineyard B&B Le Clos des Terres Soudées is a wine-grower’s family house in Vrigny (51 Marne, Grand Est), less than 10 km from Reims.

B&B Clos Terres Soudees

B&B Clos Terres Soudees

This is a country house run by the eighth generation of Champagne makers, where history is written into the walls and is narrated by the furniture and antiques. Isabelle and Eric Coulon dedicate their lives and just love to perpetuate the charm of bygone eras as a way of conveying their passion for working with vines and wines. The discrete modernity enhances the setting and the materials. Design furniture from the 1950s adorns the rooms and rubs shoulders with a gallery of 19th century portraits. In the heart of the house, the Napoleon III lounge offers a surprisingly relaxed atmosphere. Here time stands still to further enhance the pleasure taken in savouring the culinary delights. On the ground floor, a more design focused lounge offers a glimpse of the staircase leading down to the cellars.

House champagneThe house has its own cellars and guests can visit and taste the house champagne (Champagne Roger Coulon) – visits can be arranged to other Champagne houses in Reims. The Cuvée Réserve de l’Hommée is partially oak-aged and made from grapes grown on the Montagne de Reims -a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir.

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Champagne  is a sparkling wine produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region of France following rules that demand, among other things, secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation. Some specific vineyard practices are specified  such as the sourcing of grapes exclusively from specific parcels in the Champagne appellation and the use of specific pressing regimes unique to the region. Some use the term Champagne as a generic term for sparkling wine, but in many countries, it is illegal to label any product Champagne unless it both comes from the Champagne region and is produced under the rules of the appellation.

The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are black Pinot noir and Pinot Meunier but also white Chardonnay. Champagne appellation law only allows grapes grown according to appellation rules in specifically designated plots within the appellation to be used in the production of champagne.

Royalty became associated with Champagne in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The leading manufacturers made efforts to associate their Champagnes with nobility and royalty through advertising and packaging, which led to popularity among the emerging middle class. wikipedia