18 metres below
Throughout the year, Taittinger welcomes visitors from across the world. On offer are guided tours, presenting the art and the production that goes into making a bottle of champagne. We go back in time, through the ruins of the Saint-Nicaise Abbey (dating back to the 13th century). Visitors go down 18 metres below ground level into the breath-taking Gallo-Roman chalk quarries, which are part of the ‘Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne’ (hillsides, Champagne houses and cellars in Champagne) included on UNESCO's list of Cultural Heritage.
Throughout the 4th century, the chalk quarries were painstakingly carved out to extract chalk blocks for building work, before, 900 years later, becoming the cellars for the Saint-Nicaise Abbey. They became a network of galleries; linking cellars, crypts and vaults for storing wine first made by the Benedictine monks in Champagne. The Abbey was destroyed during the French Revolution, but the cellars remain intact. They now belong to the Taittinger Champagne House and are notably used for maturing bottles of the Comtes de Champagne, which can be seen all throughout the cellar tour. Over the course of a year, the site welcomes over 70,000 visitors, who come to admire the remains of one of the best examples of the Gothic style in the Champagne region.
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