Hautvillers – Champagne and Monks

Today we did a small roadtrip to Hautvillers, small village where famous monk Dom Pérignon (1638 – 1715) started to build up modern oenology’s (wine study) precepts. He was a French Benedictine monk who made important contributions to the production and quality of champagne wine in an era when the region’s wines were predominantly still red.

The famous champagne Dom Pérignon, the prestige cuvée of Moët & Chandon, is named for him. The remains of the monastery where he spent his adult life is now the property of that winery.

Dom Pérignon rests now in the abbey church.

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