25 years of visiting the champagne vineyards
The Original A&C Champagne Weekends
On an Arblaster & Clarke Champagne Weekend you’ll taste at least 25 champagnes over the course of the weekend, (starting at breakfast!). As well as the tastings at the Caves, there are Comparative Tastings at the hotel that are tutored by your Wine Guide. The aim is to give you the opportunity to taste a wide spectrum of champagnes.
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Travelling with Arblaster & Clarke you receive a warm welcome due to our long held reputation, along with generous Champagne tastings at houses that we have been visiting for many years. On every tour we have at least one meal as guests at a Champagne house or growers.
As we travel by coach from London you may bring back up to 36 bottles per person (or more by agreement). Alternatively, if you prefer, you can make you own way to Reims or join us from Paris.
Arblaster & Clarke’s Champagne Weekends will show you a huge range of Champagnes. You’ll have special visits to a cross section of interesting producers, famous Houses in Reims, Epernay or Ay (those that forged Champagne’s reputation including Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot) plus our selection of the best smaller Champagne growers that we have sought out in the top villages such as Ay, Bouzy and Le Mesnil.
Arblaster & Clarke have been arranging Champagne Weekend breaks since 1987, and our fun, yet informative formula was utterly original then and has actually changed little over the years.
Travelling to Reims from the UK
Champagne is the closest vineyard region to the UK and the nearest great vineyard to Paris, so our Champagne tours make great wine weekends. On these Champagne holidays we depart from central London in the morning and arrive into Reims between 1600 and 1700 local time (1 hour ahead of UK time). You’ll have time to relax or explore before the evening Comparative Champagne tasting.
Joining or leaving from Paris
Reims is easy to get to from Paris by train or taxi. Many clients from around the world join our Champagne Weekends from Paris. Occasionally they return with us to London (to have a few days in London) and then fly home from London or Paris.
Evening Comparative Tastings
The Comparative Tastings are a special feature of the A&C Champagne experience. Over the weekend, we want to show you as broad a spectrum of Champagnes as possible. So on every A&C Champagne Tour, your Wine Guide shows you a selection of Champagnes to introduce the various styles and as many Houses and Growers as possible. It’s a fun and illuminating evening, no two Wine Guides have the same approach, but they all give you expert commentary as you taste some unusual and special Champagnes, not only the famous names.
Buying Champagne on Arblaster & Clarke wine tours
One of the great advantages of coming on an escorted Arblaster & Clarke tour to Champagne is the opportunity we give you to taste lots of different champagnes over the course of the weekend in the company of a Champagne expert, respected wine journalist or Master of Wine. Not only is this an extremely enjoyable learning experience, it also helps you discover, in case you were not sure already, which style of champagnes you prefer!
We always include visits to a couple of personally selected top quailty smaller producers, whose wines are often not available in the UK and these are generally the best places for you to stock up at to bring home with you at a good price.
Do come and join us!
The style of these weekends remains unique to Arblaster & Clarke. The “Champagne Weekend” idea that Lynette Arblaster & Tim Clarke pioneered has given our clients so much pleasure over the past 25 years! To get the most out of the Champagne Region you simply must go on one of our Champagne Tours.
Speak to the Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours team
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