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Left: Entrance gates to the imposing Pommery Estate in Reims. Right: Descent via the legendary 116-step staircase to the underground galleries, housing 20 million bottles in 18 kilometres of tunnels. Below: Classic Pommery collection.
THE POMMERY ESTATE IN REIMS, CHAMPAGNE, IS NOT JUST THE LARGEST CHAMPAGNE ESTATE IN THE REGION – IT’S ALSO AMONG THE MOST FASCINATING.
ome 177 years in the making, Pommery remains an intriguing champagne label with a rich story. It has a strong connection with the feminine, thanks to the pioneering Madame Pommery. She inherited the fledgling luxury brand as a young widow in 1858, and propelled its image and reputation into the style stratosphere. The Pommery Estate in Reims is a testimony to her vision. Set within 50 hectares, comprising the English-style buildings that Madame Pommery commissioned and some 18 kilometres of underground caves, the estate also harbours 25 hectares of vines and manicured gardens.
The prized champagnes themselves are made here, and it’s a dab hand of talents that has overseen their creation. Their innovations over the years include delaying the harvest for riper fruit, and launching a drier drinking style (by Madame Pommery, no less) back when sweet wines were de rigeur. Pommery’s top label, Cuvée Louise, is crafted from the estate’s three finest Grands Crus and perfected over 18 painstaking steps, including bottling and fermenting the champagnes for at least seven years. Visitors to the estate in Reims can view many of these processes up close. It’s also worth visiting the estate for its Pommery Experiences, a cultural series
that has included contemporary art installations and light displays in its 10 years to date. You can also experience art on many of Pommery’s bottles – this year’s new limited edition POP series will feature the work of Australian Aboriginal artist, Sarrita King.
›› FURTHER INFORMATION Vranken-Pommery Australia For tours, event information, tasting notes and much more, contact Vranken-Pommery at their dedicated Australian offices. www.vrankenpommery.com.au (+61) 03 9813 0122
Published on Jun 20, 2013
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