Champagne is a joyous drink. The popping of each and every cork, an uplifting sound – signifying that something wonderful has happened. Champagne toasts our milestones; launches great ships; sees in the New Year; and sometimes just brightens our day.
Depending on who you ask, you’re sure to hear a few theories on how the whole Champagne industry started. If you’re a purist, you may believe that Champagne’s true beginnings took place hundreds of miles away from the region itself, at London’s Royal Society. Oxford-educated Christopher Merrett, was the scientist who first stumbled upon the idea of adding sugar to bottles of finished wine to trigger a second fermentation - and in his own words, create a “brisk and sparkling” wine. The traditional process of making Champagne may be known as Methode Champenoise today, but many would say its origins lie in dear old Blighty.
Champagne is a firm favourite at A&C. We’ve enjoyed many varieties over the years but sometimes you need to really treat yourself. That’s where the idea of Ultimate Champagne was born from. This spectacular five-day experience explores the Champagne region in superior style. Discover Prestige Cuvées and vintage champagnes from renowned champagne houses, and dine as private guests of top producers.
Many of the Houses we visit are not open to the public and so our tour provides the unique opportunity to discover Champagne exclusively behind those (usually) closed doors. There isn’t a superlative great enough to describe this tour… but ‘Ultimate’ comes close.
- Explore the Champagne region as part of a small, exclusive party
- Visit leading Champagne producers including Taittinger, Pol Roger and a top secret Château to be revealed
- Travel with Tom Bruce-Gardyne
- Taste some of the best Prestige Cuvées and vintage Champagnes
- Stay at a boutique five-star hotel in Epernay
We are treated to world-exclusive champagnes in astonishing private settings, including the incredible Champagne Deutz, which offers something truly unique in the cherry and blackberry nose of their astonishing rosé. Finally, taste iconic Dom Perignon after a visit to the eponymous monk’s former abbey.