Topic of the Week 5/31/2019 - Advanced

Great breakdown of Montmain climats last week from , , and .

This week: Crayères

What are they and who has some of the largest collections? Why are they important?

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  • Crayères are the chalk wine cellars under Champagne, which were originally carved as large quarries in the Early Middle Ages. Ruinart has one of the oldest and largest in Reims. They are cool and dark for storage and maturation of wine. They are also important historically as they were used, for example, as secret hiding places during the Nazi occupation of France. 

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