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24 hours in the capital of champagne included a tour of Moët et Chandon, some of their 28km of underground cellars and a drop of their imperial brut to start the day.
... parked here gave us the card of a boat builder/repairer off towards Paris and I think we will try emailing him (in French, sigh) on Monday.
Meanwhile Stan put a plywood roof on the missing part and has wood and styrofoam to block up the holes and some vinyl stuff to glue down across the top that will get us through for the foreseeable future, though it sure does not look lovely!
We ended up needing an extra day in our hotel as dealing with ...
... one of the larger Champagne Houses - Champagne Mercier, which was quite amazing. They elevator you down several stories into the caves that were dug out of the chalky soil by hand and you ride through the dimly lit, moisture rich caves that contain more bottles of champagne than you could ever imagine! I To finish the Mercier tour, we (or I) selected the 3 tasting option. Now, folks, these aren't your average size 'tastes'! These are ...
... production. However, he had good cause to wax poetic about his "sparkling stars", as we have not yet found a poor 'champagne' in this region!
Today was spent travelling to Epernay, the self-proclaimed 'capitale du champagne' via the back roads around our region, surrounded by vineyards galore that are swarming with people harvesting the grapes, ...
Epernay is the capital of Champagne production and so we headed for the largest and most well known of the champagne producers and did an excellent one hour tour of Moët and Chandon, worth the fairly high entry, although we took the Champagne Traditionelle (ie cheapest tour and glass to sample) rather than the Imperiale or Grande version! It was fascinating to hear the history of champagne - the method of second fermentation in the bottle ...