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Visiting the Tallest Champagne House

Épernay, Grand Est, France
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During a recent trip to the Champagne region in France we visited Castellane, a working winery which included a tower with amazing views over the area along with a small museum. Founded by the Viscount Florens de Castellane, the heir to an ancient French family. The house's logo is the red "Saint-Andrews" cross, a tribute to the standard of the oldest military regiment in the region. The house has been part of the Laurent-Perrier group since 1970 after a marriage. Prior to our tour we climbed to the top of the tower, originally designed as a water tower but used today as a view-point it offered commanding views. Following the climb we enjoyed the small museum displaying the production of Champagne from the vineyards through bottling as well as a collection of vintage advertising posters.
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Culture and experiences

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Épernay
The wine "library" which houses a few bottles from each vintage are held back for reference
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Épernay
The aging cellars beneath the Castellane winery housing bottles of wine waiting to be disgorged, labeled, and released when ready to be enjoyed
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Épernay
An amazing view from the tower atop Castellane's expansive facility
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Épernay
The interesting exterior of Castellane is uniquely fanciful relative to the more sedate architecture of the Champagne houses lining the avenues of Epernay

Special activities

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Épernay
A display of bottles in the small museum at Castellane shows a range of bottles from the smallest 20cl "Quarter" bottle up to the massive 15l "Nebuchadnezzar" which holds the equivalent of 20 standard bottles. Not on display is the largest 30l "Melchizedec" which is exceedingly rare and typically made specifically for grand occasions where you "need" a bottle containing the equivalent of 40 standard bottles.

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