8 part video series on the history of Champagne filmed in France

The Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne

Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne

Champagne is indeed about old friends and new friends!

The Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne
A New Sparkle
by Karen Taylor

"The original Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne was a wine academy founded by a group of hedonistic young aristocrats who frequented the court of Louis XIV. The coteaux in question were the hillsides in Aÿ, Avenay and Hautvillers, where the best Champagne grapes were grown. The order did not survive the French Revolution but was revived in 1956 when several Champagne makers decided to launch a wine fraternity. Unlike other such groups, this one was conceived to be inclusive, its mission being to promote all of the region’s wines. Several large houses—Taittinger, Laurent-Perrier, Mumm—were among the founding members. As today, the nascent OCC’s leading activity was hosting induction dinners, or Chapitres, several times a year, the most impressive being the “Chapitre de la Fleur de Vigne.” That lavish celebration of the flowering of the vines is still held every June in the majestic Palais du Tau, the former Bishop’s Residence adjacent to the Reims Cathedral." Read More...