FBTD1 - REIMS CATHEDRAL and VEUVE CLICQUOT / GRAND CRU VINEYARD DAY TOUR, TASTING & LUNCH – TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAY – (8H) - $456.75 – minimum 2 persons
Departure from Reims at 09.00
Available from 1 March to 23 December
You start your day with a sightseeing of Reims.
City of coronation, the City of Kings, Reims is also the city of Champagne, definitely the most celebrated and festive of wines! You will enjoy the sight of Reims' Grandes Maisons de Champagne: Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Pommery, many names that will make you think of a great party or a romantic dinner with a glass of champagne… And on this day you are going to have more than one!
Guided tour and tasting at world famous Grande Maison de Champagne Veuve Clicquot* (Visit included: Discovery tour with 1 glass of Champagne).
Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin is a Champagne House founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot that became famous thanks to Madam Barbe Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin. You will learn about this visionary young widow who built an empire, and became a legend in her time: “the Grande Dame of Champagne". For a while, take a dip into the heart of this House, its heritage, its savoir-faire. And discover its unique Roman chalk-cellars and the making-process of Champagne.
At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasting of one glass of Brut Yellow Label cuvée.
*According to the availability, Veuve Clicquot could be replaced by Mumm, Pommery or Taittinger.
Guided tour of the Cathedral of Reims.
Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage, 13th century Notre-Dame de Reims Cathedral is one of Europe's most important Gothic structures. You will be captivated by the unique stained glasses and the exceptionally rich statuary – over 2300 statues among which the famous Smiling Angel. It is here that King Clovis was baptized around year 498 giving birth to the Kingdom of the Franks, starting a long lasting tradition: between 1027 and 1825, all but two Kings of France were crowned here!
Reims Mountain Grand Cru Vineyards.
From the city we will drive you through the Grand Cru vineyards of Reims Mountain, where the Scenic Route of Champagne winds its way between fields of barley, extensive plains, grapevines, forests and picturesque villages such as Verzy, Verzenay and Mailly. Realm of the Pinot Noir varietal, the Mountain of Reims is known for its special "terroir" that gives to Champagne much of its power and character. Let's stop in the vineyard to discover it together!
Champagne Tasting Lunch and Cellar Tours at a Champagne Grower Family Domain.
In the heart of the Champagne’s Vineyards, you will be welcomed at a beautiful Champagne Grower Family Estate. More that 4000 family winemakers contribute to the prestige of Champagne and maintain the Tradition alive from generation to generation, with a common goal: the true expression of Champagne.
First you will experience a refined meal with typical French ingredients and Champagne specialties, which will be paired with different glasses of Champagne (Brut non-vintage, Blanc de Noirs, Rosé). This Family of Growers is a Champagne Expert in assembling Pinot Noir with Chardonnay and Meunier grapes from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vines in Reims Mountain.
Visit of the Production Site and Second Champagne Tasting
After Lunch we will walk to the production site to see how Champagne is made: the press, the winery with vats and barrels, the chalky cellar, the labelling machine. We finish the lovely afternoon program with another tasting of 2 glasses of different Champagne wines from the same Family Grower, and a glass of their Ratafia (sweet liquor made with Champagne brandy mixed with grape juice, aged in barrel). Then we take you back to Reims.
Drop off: 17:00 Reims Centre Train Station forecourt.
Lunch at local winery may change according to their availability, it could be replaced by a local restaurant
Transportation in a comfortable full options minivan, semi-private English speaking escort guide, tour of Reims Cathedral, entrance fees and tastings at Veuve Clicquot and at a family estate, Champagne tasting lunch with drinks included..
Wineries and family estates may change according to their availability.
Personal expenses, hotel pick up $30.45 per person (hotels located in the immediate surroundings of Reims).