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This tour was a highlight to our trip! My husband and I love champagne but until now, we had not realized the time and effort that goes into making the perfect glass of bubbly to be paired with various dishes. We always think of pairing wines with different courses but sampling different champagnes only add to the enjoyment of your culinary delights! Our guide was Amanda and she was wonderful! We had to get to the railroad ourselves but the Metro service in Paris is very timely and not at all difficult to navigate. We met Amanda at the station and once our fellow passengers joined us, we were off to a most enjoyable day. Amanda drove us around giving us the history of Reims, visited the beautiful Notre Dam of Reims, visited the historic Veuve du Clicquot where we learned the intricacies of making champagne and the history of this manufacturer. We then went on a beautiful ride through the countryside to local owned champagnerie to enjoy a three course lunch paired with a different champagnes to compliment every course. We ended our tour with a family owned business in a charming town and got an education on the co-ops that help eachother to produce the champagne of the region. Again, more sampling of delicious champagnes and then back to the train to return to Paris. The day was a thorough delight!
Excellent, highly recommend!
Amazing tour guide - very knowledgable and fun to be with - great tour and great drinks -cheers
Chris H United States of ...
Thank you, Amanda, our amazing tour guide for a fun and informative day touring and tasting at champagne houses near Reims. We toured the caves at Veuve Cliquot , enjoyed lunch with champagne at a cooperative and finally tasted even more bubbly at a small and very picturesque house further out in the beautiful countryside. AManda gave us a good tour of the Reims cathedral and was a fountain of information about the history of Reims and the making of champagne. Go on this tour!
Amazing tour. It was the prefect balance of history, architecture, and champagne. We were able to see a big champagne house, a co-op, and a smaller house - which allowed us to compare and contrast. Our tour guides were super knowledgeable and friendly - and had great sense of humors. I would recommend this tour for anyone.
An excellent tour. We managed to switch into Laura's group about two hours into the day- I highly recommend requesting her as your tour guide, if possible. She was knowledgeable, fun, friendly, and full of fascinating facts about both champagne-making and Reims itself.
No question that you get enough champagne on the tour and it's a great progression from the caves of Veuve, to a medium-sized champagne producer for a surprisingly superb lunch, to a small, family-owned champagne producer to wrap up the day. Strongly recommended!
This was a very nice tour. The champagnes we tasted were excellent and the quantity was, frankly, more than we really needed even though we specifically booked the full day tour to make sure we got a full sampling. The lunch and the setting were great, but it was a bit of an over long trip to get there. The only other slight negative was that Veuve Cliquot tour guide spoke fairly heavily accented French. For me, with the echoing caves and somewhat diminished hearing acuity, most of it was lost. My wife said she got about 80 of it.
Both my wife and I felt a little sorry for the the small wine maker that we visited at the end of the tour. We and, it seemed, most of the people were pretty sleepy post lunch, with its 3 glasses of champagne. We and several others, had about exhausted their interest in tasting much more champagne. Can't fault the tour for this though. Just a case of one's reach exceeding one's grasp. It is worth mentioning though that we were still jet lagged and many on the tour had gotten up quite early to catch the train from Paris to Reims in order to get to the tour by 9 AM.
All in all it was a very good tour and even though expensive, represented a fair value.
Excellent tour! So glad we did this. We took the early train from Paris to Reims not included in tour. The tour company picked us up at the station and the tour started right away. We drove around town while the driver provided commentary and a bit of history, which was so interesting. I really didn't know how Reims was affected during WWI. Before our visit to the Vueve Cliquot caves, we stopped at the the cathedral for a quick tour. The tour of the caves and the tasting afterward were amazing. We also visited two more wineries that were just as excellent. Lunch was great and well organized. Overall, I give this tour five stars. Highly recommended.
Very well organized and quality food and champagnes. Great way to learn about champagne production. You get to visit a negotiant or large producer, visit a cooperative and a boutique producer. Deffinately a 5 star experience.
Can't miss this tour! My husband and I spent 18 days across Amsterdam, Florence, South of France and Paris and this was one of our top experiences during the entire trip! We lucked out and actually were the only 2 on the tour so it was like a private tour some companies will cancel altogether if there are just 2 so that shows you the professionalism of this particular company. Our guide, Lucie was simply amazing. She has such a deep knowledge and passion for champagne and wine in general - she truly is an expert. She is also a local of Reims and has great knowledge for the city itself as well as for the different vineyards and the culture of the region.
The Veuve Clicquot tour was great - the experience itself going into the cellars and learning about the vast history of this champagne house was fascinating. The lunch and champagne pairing at Dom Caudron was fantastic - the food was delicious! Lastly, the family-owned vineyard, Heucq was wonderful - we had the tour from the 4th generation and saw his mom and dad actually working in the factory, putting the labels on the wine. The stark difference between a huge corporation vs. and 100 family owned vineyard was so interesting to see.
All in all, a wonderful experience, well worth the cost and the time. Definitely a must!
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