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Côte de Bars - Champagne

Discover champagne and the historical culture that supports the champagne growers from the crystal making used for flutes to the cellars created by the monks of Clairvaux to store the wine in the 12th century.

In 1129 the Knights of the Temple was created by the Council of Troyes. They are one of the most well known Western Christian military orders of the Middle Ages, and consisted of up to 20,000 members at their peak. The Templars built fortifications in the Holy Land, and across Europe, and were heavily involved in economics, finance, and an early form of banking. The Order of the Templar lives on through various secretive and not so secretive societies today. Even though most of them were finally killed or executed, their rituals and symbols live on through Freemasons.

The Aube, is know for its Pinot Noir champagne, the medieval town of Troyes, textiles, stain glass windows, Prunelle of Troyes, Jacquot Chocolate, Cider, AOC Charouce Cheese, Andouillettes, and Briennois Sauerkraut. The Aube is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution in 1790. The Aube joined the "Champagne" region after the wine growers' revolt in 1919 who preferred to no longer be part of Burgundy.

Sample Itineraries

Champagne & History Tour

Visit 1
Grower Champagne visit and multi tasting or visit the Abbey de Clairvaux
Visit 2
Visit a top grower producer of Special Club champagnes & paried gastronomic picnic
Visit 3
Tasting in the village or Les Ricey
Visit 4
Medieval ciy of Troyes


Champagne Drappier was created in Urville in 1808 and ages its wines i 12th century chalk Cistercian Cellars. They were suppliers to General de Gaulle and are makers of the largest bottle of Champagne in the world weighing in at 27 litres. The house specializes in Pinot Noir champagnes which are blended Chardonnay from their vineyards in Cramant.

Maison de Vignerons

Since 1956, the Maison de Vignerons in the Aube brings together 130 wine growers covering about 325 hectares with 90% producing Pinot Noir. The soil, vines faces south-south east with sheltered exposure so the grapes can be harvested at full maturity and fill around 750,000 bottles a year. Here you can see the mega large Aluminum tanks and have a brief overview of the company and Coopérative where Pinot Noir is the specialty.


Most people are not aware that most of the grapes grown in the Aube are sold to the famous brands further north. Over the years some of these growers decided to create their own cuvees with the best grapes, and build a name for themselves.


Champagne from the department of the Marne is found on Cretaceous grounds, Champagne of the Aube is on Jurassic grounds. This area of Champagne includes Les Riceys and Bar-sur-Seine. The little village of Les Riceys is the only area in Champagne, which is allowed to produce 3 AOCs. Champagne, Coteaux Champenoise and the Rose de Riceys, a red still wine with an extraordinary orange/red color, a wine loved by King Louis IX. Production for the entire area is around 60,000 bottles per year.


Bernard de Clairvaux was a powerful supporter of the Templars and his Cistercian Order benefited greatly from their protection as they expanded the production and distribution of their wine business. This is the heritage of this region's Champagne. Visit Abbey of Clairvaux to see the vaulted arches and the old prison built by Napoleon Bonaparte. The active prison is next door.

The medieval city of Troyes was the home of the Medieval Talmudic scholar Rashi, 12th century poet Chrétienne de Troyes credited with creating the character of Lancelot and Council of Troyes that sanctioned the Knights Templar in 1129. In 1420, it was here Catherine of Valois married Henry V of England at the parish church of St. Jean; and where, in 1429, after a few days of refusing to let her in, the British surrendered to Joan of Arc, and her army as they passed through on their way from Orléans to Reims for the coronation of the Dauphin, France’s rightful king. Troyes was liberated again in 1944, this time from the Germans, by General George Patton and the Fourth Armored Division, along with Free French forces.

Cote des Bar Champagne Wine Adventures

The Cote de Bars is located in the Aube department created during the French revolution. The center is the medieval city of Troyes, which is filled with the history of the Knights Templars, Joan of Arc, and the great Jewish Thinkers of the Golden Age. The area specialises in growing Pinot Noir grapes, Sloe Gin, Chocolate, Cider, Charouce Cheese, Andouillettes, and Briennois Sauerkraut.

Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Cotes des Bar / Chablis (2 days)

    Haute Domaine Vine to Table outdoor picnic experience at a “Special Club” producer
    Spend the day tasting Chablis at top rated artisanal vineyards
    Overnight at a 5 star hotel in Troyes or countryside hotel near Chablis
    Visit the village of Ricey to try the rare Rosé de Ricey red Champagne

    Black & White Grapes

    Cote de Blancs / Cotes des Bar / Chablis (3 days)

    Compare the taste of Grand Cru Chardonnays in Champagne and Chablis
    Visit the village of Hautvillers and Reims Cathedral
    Visit the old Napoleonic prison at the Abbey de Clairvaux
    Enjoy multiple vineyards visits, picnic lunches and local restaurant

    Pinot Noir - The Power of 3

    Montagne de Reims / Cotes des Bar / Cote de Nuits (5 days)

    Visit and multi tastings at Pinot Noir Champagne
    Discover Reims Cathedral, Beaune, and Troyes
    Cellar visits at Veuve Clicquot and Moet et Chandon
    Visit artisanal Pinot Noir wineries in the Cote d'Or between Dijon and Beaune

    The Wines of Kings and Popes

    Champagne / Burgundy / Rhone Valley (10 days)

    Start your journey in Paris or Marseilles
    Haute Domaine Vine to Table experiences
    Visit medieval Troyes, Hospice de Beaune, Lyon Food Market, and Avignon
    Visit the village of Ricey to sample the rare Rosé de Ricey red Champagne
    Enjoy some of the best Red wines in the world in Chateauneuf du Pape
    Explore Pont du Gard, Les Baux, Aix en Provence and the Pope's Palace
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