From a visit to Taittinger’s stunning Château de le Marquetterie, which sits among glorious vineyards, to tastings led by our excellent guide – Master of Wine Conal Gregory – this tour is the perfect balance of enlightening and decadent.
We welcome in the first day of our very special festive tour as soon as we arrive in beautiful, historic Reims with a sumptuous champagne tasting at our hotel. Later, our revered Wine Guide presents the region of Champagne in all its glory.
Our first stop is a decadent champagne breakfast. Afterwards, we make our way to the superb Champagne Jean Milan, where we can sip the finest offerings of the famous Côte des Blancs region. Located in Oger and classified Grand Cru, this prestigious estate has been home to five generations of vine growers and is known for its elegant, delicate champagnes. There will be free time this evening to explore the local area, do a little shopping or perhaps continue the theme of the weekend and sample more wines at local bars or bistros.
Our fabulous weekend tour ends with another delicious champagne breakfast and then on a ‘Bouzy’ note at Edmond Barnaut’s regional house. Pinot Noir makes up a solid 80% of Barnaut’s production, with Chardonnay accounting for the rest. After a tour and a tasting session, we make our way to Taittinger and visit its breathtaking Château de la Marquetterie, nestled in the heart of the Champenois Vineyards. Don’t forget to stock up on bottles for your own Christmas and New Year’s celebrations before we leave! From here, we take a coach back to Calais and make our Eurotunnel crossing back to Folkestone, where we say goodbye to the group and travel home.
Formerly a presenter of ITV’s ‘The Food Programme’, Conal is a Master of Wine and has written a number of fascinating books.
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Based in the beautiful historic city of Reims, considered the capital of the Champagne wine-growing region, we will enjoy two nights in a 4* hotel – the perfect base for each day’s visits.
Start each day of this tour with a delicious champagne breakfast before taking advantage of the opportunities to indulge in the area’s regional cuisine as we make our way from vineyards to wineries.
The theme of this weekend is luxury. We are invited to the region’s most revered champagne houses, including the renowned Edmond Barnaut and Taittinger, where we will get to sample some of the very best champagnes produced in this area.