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Champagne is the northernmost wine-growing region in France, located in the Paris Basin around 140 kilometres east of Paris. It gave the most famous sparkling wine in the world the protected name Champagne. It is not the same as the Champagne-Ardenne region or the historic Champagne region. The heart of the region is Reims, where almost all French rulers were crowned in Notre-Dame Cathedral, while Epernay and Chalons-sur-Marne are important towns. The name Champagne was initially not well received, as the term Champagne (Latin campania = field, open landscape) refers to an infertile soil that only serves as pasture for sheep.

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