Cote de Bar - the Aube The further South Chamapge AOC with a climate that becomes more continental middle France.   Not the region for your typical Champagne houses but an interesting area for exploring to discover small producers with the bonus of lakes and outdoor recreation like golf, hiking, and cycling. This region is close to the historic city of Troyes a good base for hotels, shopping and gourmet food.  

 

 The vineyards of the ‘Côte des Bar’ represent about 7000 hectares. The champagne is produced by ‘mainly by vineyards owners’ (who work and make wine themselves with the product of their own vines) . Grape production is predominately Pinot Noir 87% Chardonnay – 7% and Meunier 5%

The wine route starts by leaving the motorway (exit 23), and heading for Essoyes on the banks of the Ource, where Renoir had a holiday home and where he’s buried. To get tourist information about Renoir and Champagne visits go to The ‘Maison de la Vigne’ 9 Place de La Maire – 10360 Essoyes Tel 0325 29 64 64 They have information on the cellars that will welcome you and give your telephone numbers as it is advisable to ring first. Also ask about ‘Champagne Ambassadors’, certain hotel-restaurants well known for their wine list. There is also an Eco-museum with information about work in the vineyard, making champagne and the 1911 uprising.

Head next for Les Riceys. With 870 hectares: Les Riceys is the largest village wine area in the whole of Champagne. Les Riceys is the only village in Champagne to boast 3 AOCs: Champagne, Coteaux Champenois and the famous rosé des Riceys, the perfect accompaniment for Chaource cheese.To enjoy the pleasant scenery of the vineyards, take a stroll looking out for cadoles: curious flat stone huts, built 2 centuries ago, which were used by winegrowers as shelter. For vineyard and general hiking and tourist information visit the Office du Tourisme des Riceys (Tourist Office Les Riceys): 3 place des Héros de la Résistance10340 Les Riceys Tel: + (0)3 25 29 15 38 . .Les Riceys rosé was Louis XIV’s favorite wine produced by strict rules, in its engraved bottle like a Châteauneuf-du-pape. A village commune Appellation, a dozen producers, no more than 80,000 bottles in the best years (and not every year) is a wine of interst and is said to age better than most roses . Next go up towards Bar-sur-Seine passing through Celles-sur-Ource, where you’ll find the largest proportion of ‘récoltants-manipulants’ (growers/winemakers) in the whole of Champagne. Those welcoming visitors will be signposted from road. You can head for Château de Bligny, one of two châteaux in AOC Champagne, with its park and collection of 1000 champagne flutes - or Urville, home of Champagne Drappier, Général De Gaulle’s favorite. Colombey-les-deux-Eglises village-  De Gaulles burial place, is only 25 km away; on the way you can stop at Champagne’s Cristalleries Royales .You’ll find .It a nice spot for meditation at Clairvaux abbey with one thought that comes to mind is that the first vine stocks were planted here (from Hungary), which would later give birth to Champagne. .


Cote de Bar - the Aube

Vineyard -Producers in region that have tasting rooms.

Suggest you telephone before visiting.  

RICHARD CHEURLIN
16, rue des Huguenots
10110 ON THOSE OURCE
Tel: 03 25 38 55 04
. Owner-grower from a winemaking family for 5 generations. Champagne tradition and modern technology. Reception room.

MARCEL Vezien
68, Grande Rue
10110 ON THOSE OURCE
Tel: 03 25 38 50 22
. Family home. Visit the vineyard with a panoramic view of the Cote des Bar. Presses and traditional wineries. Appointment for groups of up to 50 people.

FRANCOIS Brossolette
42, Grande Rue
10110 Polisy
Tel: 03 25 38 57 17
. Family home. Collecting owner. Traditional press tour, winery, cellar. Champagne tasting raw and pink champagne.

CLAUDE GRUET
48, Grande Rue BP-3
10110 BUXEUIL
Tel: 03 25 38 54 94
. Come visit our buildings and vaulted stone cellars. Discover our wine-making tradition of almost 3 centuries and the secrets of our champagnes.


CLERAMBAULT
122, Grande Rue
10250 Neuville sur Seine
Tel: 03 25 38 38 60
. At the foot of Our Lady of Vignes.Union producers. Personalized tour. Tomb of character. Tastings. Organisation for snacks and meals.

 
RENE BAUSER
The Magny-Road Thunder
10340 THE Ricey
Tel: 03 25 29 32 92
.Family home. Riceys pink champagne, the Champagne vineyards. Flowery. Very nice reception hall. Exhibition of old wine tools.


GALLIMARD FATHER AND SON
18-20, rue Gaston Cheq Magny-le
10340 THE Ricey
Tel: 03 25 29 32 44
. Family-type operation since the nineteenth century Guided tours of the vineyard to cellar vaults. Video. Tasting champagne, pink, pink Riceys, marc, ratafia cheerful in a vault.


. MOREL FATHER AND SON
93, rue du General de Gaulle
10340 THE Ricey
Tel: 03 25 29 10 88
. Owner-grower. Family home for several generations. Visit and tasting Riceys pink and champagne. Maturing wines in oak barrels in the vaulted cellars.

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MORIZE FATHER AND SON
122, rue du General de Gaulle
10340 THE Ricey
Tel: 03 25 29 30 02
. Owner-grower. Family farm. Beautiful cellar vault and discover the twelfth century. Guided tours and wine tasting (1 hour). Champagne, pink Riceys, Coteaux Champenois. .


CHEURLIN AND SON
13, rue de la Gare
GYE SUR SEINE 10250
Tel: 03 25 38 20 27
. Offers guided tours of its vaults to press a  
JEAN PAUL Richardot
38, rue René Quinton
10110 Loch on OURCE
Tel: 03 25 29 71 20
. Invites you to discover its family-oriented property. Beautiful old cellars and exhibition of old tools. .


CHRISTIAN SENEZ
6, Grande Rue
10360 FONTETTE
Tel: 03 25 29 60 62
. Character family farm of 32 acres located south of Champagne, we sell champagne vineyards of Champagne, brandy and ratatfia. .


ROBERT DUFOUR AND SON
4, rue de la Croix-Malot (Between Church and Town Hall)
10110 LANDREVILLE
Tel: 03 25 29 66 19
. Rooms for retn on the   property. .


RENE JOLLY
10, rue de la Gare
10110 LANDREVILLE
Tel: 03 25 38 50 91  Slide show and tasting.


Chassenay D'ARCE
10110 VILLE-SUR-ARCE
Tel: 03 25 38 30 70
.Cooperativein the heart of the vineyard. Warm welcome and authentic personal tour of the cellars. (1:30). Guided tasting. Reception room.

 
REMY AND SON MASSIN
Grande Rue
10110 VILLE-SUR-ARCE
Tel: 03 25 38 74 09
Owner-grower. Winemakers for generations. Modern facilities: presses, vats, room desks silver medals (Epernay and Competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles). Host family, guided tour and tasting. .

ANDRE ET MICHEL DRAPPIER
Grande Rue
10200 Urville
Tel: 03 25 27 40 15
.Family house founded in 1808. Caves of the twelfth century. Winery, wine presses.

 
R. DUMONT AND SON
10200 Champignol-LEZ-MONDEVILLE
Tel: 03 25 27 45 95
. Owner-grower. Family home. Chais character. . Tour. Presses, winery, cellar. Guided tasting.
CHARLES CLEMENT
10200 DOVE-LE-SEC
Tel: 03 25 92 50 71
. In a village a few miles from . Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises and Cristalleries Royales de Champagne.

 
B. BREUZON AND SON
10200 DOVE-LE-SEC
Tel: 03 25 27 02 66 87 or March 25, 2724
Family house in the middle of a beautiful village fleuri.Traditions champagne and modern techniques. Tastings.


CELLAR SAINT VINCENT
52330 Argentolles
Wine museum
Tel: 03 25 02 58 05
Union of winegrowers and Rizaucourt Argentolles, 3 miles Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises. The work of Vine and Wine. Video exhibition. Cellar Tasting character. .
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A "cadoles" wine makers hut.  Can be seen in other regions of france but here there is a marked - The Circuits des Cadoles of Les Riceys.    These little constructions were put up by winegrowers back in the 19th century. They are built on a circular plan with dry stones found lying around the area and simply stacked up, and they were designed to allow the winegrowers to take shelter both from the cold in winter and from the heat during the summer. Be careful looking in as they are know for harboring hiking hanky-panky.
 The Chemin du Vigneron in Celles-sur-Ource
Two circuits 6 and 11 km long. This path is an opportunity to explore one of the typical landscapes in this Champagne winegrowing area; it winds its way through hills covered with vineyards and decked out in colours that change with seasons.

The Renoir Project, Essoyes
Renoir’s wife was born in Essoyes and they returned every summer to their house there, which still belongs to the family.  February 2011 sees the opening of a whole range of attractions there including an innovative new visitor centre, themed walks and an impressionist garden
The Chemins de Renoir in Essoyes Four circuits 3, 7, 12 and 14 km long,with infromation signposts are running through the countryside which inspired Renoir to paint numerous pictures such as « les Laveuses » (The Washerwomen- see above) or  Chemin montant dans les hautes herbes - (Path through high grass). You can stroll following in Renoir's footsteps along these little paths bathed in the same light and atmosphere of his painting.

cave cellar of small producer. If you get lucky  visits to these family owned vineyards can be the most memorable.

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