French Gastronomy on Stamps (9): Champagne Ardennes


France has issued many stamps on food (not foodstamps!) on her own gastronomy for quite some time.
A new series will be issued on April 25th and wil be printed in the form of mini-sheets dedicated to a particular region with stamps, pics and explanations.
With the ninth of these sheets I’d like to introduce is Champagne Ardennes.
Champagne and Ardennes is a combination of two vastly but very rich regions of France.
“South” Champagne first made ist place in history for the City of Rheims where French Kings had to be crowned to get official recognition. It later became famous for its Champagne sparkling wines. Contrary to many other viniferous regions, Champagne Houses do not conduct cultivation but buy their grapes before processing them. As for the claims of some that Dom Perignon was a blind monk who invented sparkling wines, they have never been proved. At least one sparkling wine, Blanquette de Limoux, saw its birth before the emblematic monk was born!
Champagne count other gastonomic specialties such as:
-Chaource cheese, a creamy white mold cheese reminiscent of Camembert but with a vastly different taste and aroma. Created in the Middle Ages, Marguerite de Bourgogne made it her staple food!
-Biscuit rose de Reims is a must-buy souvenir!

Ardennes is renown for its great forests providing noble families with abundant game.
You can see samples on the sheet:
-Wild boar is still widely hunted there for its meat.
-Andouillette/Chitterlings in Troyes is probably my favourite dish there. Great cooked in beer with apples!

Both rich lands, which unfortunately saw innumerous wars until the very XXth Century!

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