Rebirth of a place

Destroyed over the course of the French Revolution, the Abbey today exists only underground; its crypt and vaults the only remaining vestiges of one of the greatest expressions of Gothic architecture in the Champagne region. Abandoned for 150 years, the site was reborn in the 1920s with the settlement of the champagne house Binet, before ultimately becoming the Champagne Taittinger headquarters after the war. Today the buildings preserve their original art-deco style, and welcome 70,000 visitors annually for tours of the cellars. The Comtes de Champagne cuvee rests patiently in these cellars for 10 years until it reaches maturity.