Pommery Champagne (Domaine Pommery)
The first port of call for Champagne-seeking visitors to Reims, Champagne Pommery attracts with its well-rated wines, storied past, and one-of-a-kind setting. Highlights of the Champagne house include hundreds of kilometers of chalk caves—some of which can be discovered on tours—alongside art-bedecked tasting cellars. Champagne Pommery also maintains the nearby Villa Demoiselle, a historical home-turned-museum known for its art deco and art nouveau architecture, which can be visited independently.
Champagne Pommery is featured on numerous tour itineraries, including Reims city tours; full- and multi-day Champagne region tastings; and private trips from Paris. Some multi-stop tours also pair it with visits to nearby houses such as Champagne Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin, or landmarks such as Reims Cathedral and Hautvillers Abbey.
Things to know before you go
- Champagne Pommery is a popular destination for history buffs, as the chalk caves it occupies originated as Gallo-Roman chalk mines.
- In addition to the long stairs down into the cellars, an on-site elevator caters to visitors with limited mobility.
- Keep your eyes on the walls when in the cellars: they’re decorated with carved bas-relief sculptures by Gustave Navlet.
How to get there
Champagne Pommery is located on the edge of Reims. The Champagne house is a roughly 10-minute taxi trip from the Reims train station—Villa Demoiselle is located just across the street. If traveling from Paris by car, it’s roughly a 2-hour journey along the A4.
When to get there
Pommery is open daily from midmorning until early evening, and advance reservations are strongly recommended. The Champagne house is closed annually on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The Villa Demoiselle is open to visitors Wednesday–Sunday, also from midmorning until early evening, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Champagnes to Try
Champagne Pommery has several lines of Champagne that cater to enthusiasts of all stripes. Try its Brut line—which includes Brut Royal, Brut Royal Rosé, Brut Blanc de Blancs, and more— for a taste of the cuvée that revolutionized not just Pommery’s range, but the entire Champagne industry. For a high-end, special experience, sample the Les Clos Pompadour and Cuvée Louise cuvées, which are only made in exceptional years.