The Champagne region has recently emerged as one of the great gastronomic destinations in France, with an impressive constellation of some of the country’s best restaurants. Many of them also offer Champagne-pairing prix fixe menus. Since Champagne is made principally with three grape varieties — Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier — different producers create different cuvées (blends of grapes), plus mono-cépage (single-grape variety) wines, which pair well with a range of foods.
The Champagne region also has a variety of regional gastronomic specialties. Chaource and Langres, creamy cow’s milk cheeses, are produced here, and Reims is famous for its jambon de Reims, ham poached in an aromatic bouillon and usually served cold or chopped up in terrines. Troyes is well-known for its andouillette, a chitterling sausage, and Reims also produces mustard, which is made with marc de Champagne, a liqueur, and mustard seeds. Biscuits rose de Reims are pink ladyfinger-like cookies flavored with vanilla that are best nibbled with a flute of Champagne.
Here are the restaurants we most enjoyed on our recent trip through this celebrated region of France.