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. We stop at a local supermarket for sandwhiches and cheeses before arriving at our hotel where we will enjoy a sumptuous champagne tasting. We have an independent dinner this evening.
After starting our day with a champagne breakfast at the hotel, our first stop is at 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.
We then have an independent lunch before continuing to an afternoon tasting at Taittinger. 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. We then continue to one of our favourite growers is Champagne Vilmart, in Rilly-La-Montagne. Established in the 1890s Vilmart is still a family run house. They are one of the few remaining traditional producers who both ferment the wines and mature the champagnes in oak barrels and tonneaux. The Vilmart champagnes are full of richness, finesse and complexity. Next we move on to 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 stop for lunch at La Marquetterie with Taittinger.
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.