Here we take a quick look at the villages which form part of the Route Touristique du Champagne. This time, it’s the turn of Bouzy.
The village of Bouzy is situated on the Montagne de Reims, approximately 20km South East of Reims and 20km North East of Épernay. It is planted with 89% Pinot Noir, 11 % Chardonnay and rated as Grand Cru, meaning that it is scored at 100% for the quality of its grapes.
The village is packed full of excellent smaller producers, some of whom work biodynamically. Like Ambonnay, Bouzy has a slightly warmer micro-climate which helps produce ripe and intense Pinot Noir. It is also famed for its still red wine – Bouzy Rouge of which there are a number of excellent producers such as Champagne Benoît Lahaye, Champagne Pierre Paillard, Champagne Georges Rémy, Champagne Paul Bara, Champagne Gaston Collard and Champagne Barnaut. Champagne Barnaut also produces a stunning Bouzy Rosé from their walled vineyard “Clos Barnaut”.
A compact village, Bouzy would be a great base for a couple of days to easily explore all of these excellent houses on foot. Three producers also offer lodgings: Champagne Paul Clouet run Chambres d’Hôtes “Les Barbotines”, Champagne Herbert Beaufort run the Gîte “Le Cep” and Champagne Arnaud Moreau run Chambres d’Hôtes "l'Illiade".
Champagne houses we can personally recommend are as follows:
For our tourist map of Bouzy, click here.
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