Côte des Bar: champagne territory
From the fertile period of the Champagne fairs, Bar-sur-Aube has managed to preserve a rich architectural heritage.
To be explored: 12th century St Peter’s church, 16th century “halloy” or gallery, St Maclou church (outside), 11th century cellar, 16th and 17th century media library, private houses and timber frame houses. Guided tours of the town or St Peter’s church by appointment. Walk in the steps of the philosopher Gaston Bachelard, a son of the area.
One of the doors to the Côte des Bar vineyards, this Champagne town saw the birth of Jeanne de Navarre, future queen of France.
At the foot of its hill, Bar sur Seine is charming for its 16th century timber frame houses including Maison Renaissance, its cadoles (vineyard shelters), the remains of the chateau of the Comtes de Bar, and its church with its stained glass windows and 16th century bas reliefs. Close by is Avalleur commandery with an authentic Templar chapel. Concerts in Avalleur on Saturdays in July and an exhibition of paintings.
Bar-sur-Seine and district Tourist Office *
Mrs Belorgeot - Mr. Jacquinet
Mrs Mouton - Mr. Cotel: Commission Patrimoine
33, rue Gambetta - 10110 Bar-sur-Seine
tel 03 25 29 94 43 - fax 03 25 29 70 21
The largest champagne territory with 866 ha under production and the only village in Champagne to have three A.O.C. controlled origin labels (for Champagne, Coteaux Champenois and Rosé de Riceys).
A visit to the vineyards, a tour of the cadoles (vineyard shelters built from dry stones), explore the three listed churches and the wooden market hall, visit the Champagne cellars or a Riceys rosé cellar and enjoy tasting the wines.