France's Champagne Region: Reagan's Picks

We spent an amazing week in Reims, France, exploring several champagne houses and savoring some of the best culinary cuisine in the world! Here are my picks: 


1.  Le Foch - 37 Boulevard Foch, 51100 Reims, France +33 3 26 47 48 22

Le Foch is a fun Michelin restaurant in the heart of Reims. The meal was exquisite! Fantastic ambience and smart, creative dishes. 

2.  Celliers Ruinart - 4 Rue des Crayères, 51100 Reims, France

Although we loved Veuve Clicquot because of the superb branding, we found Ruinart to be the most interesting Champagne tour.  We did a small private tour, which was intimate and very informative! The gallo-roman chalk pits are not to be missed! The tour concluded with a delightful tasting in the main house! Our favorite was the Prestigious Vintage Cuveè Dom Ruinart Rosè.

3. Reims Cathedral 3D Mapping

The most amazing 3D mapping we have ever seen! So beautiful... Reims was so lovely and so warm. A sweet man that lived a few doors down from the charming bed and breakfast where we were lodging (which happened to be just one of 17 homes to survive the bombings during WWI), brought us a special bottle of champagne on this day and regaled us with wonderful stories about the region. A special town indeed!

3. Les Crayeres - 64 Boulevard Henry Vasnier, 51100 Reims, France +33 3 26 24 90 00

We spent a lovely afternoon at Les Crayeres for Rosè and small bites. I would love to stay here next time we are in Reims! 

4. Veuve Clicquot - 1 Place des Droits de l'Homme, 51100 Reims, France  +33 3 26 89 53 90

Well this is a no brainer! Everyone knows that I love Veuve! It's one of my favorite bubblies! I was especially thrilled by the impeccable branding.  LVMH is a diverse brand with some of the best labels under its umbrella, so the attention to detail and distinct brand identity displayed is super impressive! 

All in all, we loved Reims!!! I suggest a nice morning jog around the quiet town that wraps up with a trip to the market.  Eat all the moules et frites (mussels) that you can! And wash it down with all of the small label Champagnes you can't find in the States!  Also, don't forget the rosè biscuits! They are delish and super cute!