Why is everyone talking about “Bouzy Rouge” in Reims? Still wines from Coteaux Champenois are delicious and the Grand Cru village of Bouzy has been developing cult wine status for sometime. Find out more..

Why is everyone talking about “Bouzy Rouge” in Reims?

In this film clip we join Bouzy resident Susan Adda ("Bouzy Susy") as she introduces her neighbours represented at this event. Then by good fortune we also catch up with Tanisha Townsend from Chicago. Tanisha is currently living in Paris as a wine concierge and goes by the name 'Girl Meets Glass'. Both ladies are regular posters on Instagram and Facebook so be sure to check them out.

During a week of full blown champagne tasting, we check in at the incredibly relaxed and homely tasting of producers from the Grand Cru village of Bouzy on the Montagne de Reims.

Bouzy rouge is a still wine made from pinot noir that has a cult like following in these parts. It has delicious mouth watering fruit and good (but not overbearing)  tannic grip, making it a very accessible wine for parties, and versatile for a myriad of different food menus. It is as tasty as it is unique so if you get the chance, then make sure you get yourself a bottle.

This tasting also exhibited a good number of rosé champagnes that use Bouzy rouge as the base wine for the production. Although it is not news to describe a rosé champagne as tasting of summer fruits, the Bouzy selection comes with lovely freshness and a noticeable crip dry finish. As you can tell, a superb party wine.

Bouzy rouge is sold at the gorgeous boutique wine shop in the village of Bouzy owned by the lovely Philippe and Laurette Seconde, who are also the producers of Champagne Barnaut, widely sold in the UK by Lea & Sandeman. If you are in the area then this little shop should be part of any Champagne pilgrims journey. 


Nick Breeze

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