Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
189Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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IMH: After a little investigation we found that we could save a fortune if we planned our own wine tour to the Champagne region, all it needed was a little planning. We found that there were multiple trains leaving per day, but that pre-booking of tastings at the Champagne houses was essential. The pre-booked tasting typically includes a one hour tour of their facilities with different options of tastings at the end, as expected, the more prestigious the Champagne, the more expensive the tasting.
Mumm is not the biggest Champagne house in the Champagne region in France but well known for their sponsorship with major sporting events and expeditions - look at the Champagne label next time a grand prix victory is celebrated and the champagne sprayed over the crowd, it's bound to be a Mumm.
It would have been nice to buy a bottle to celebrate the end of our big adventure but carrying a bulky bottle of Champaign across the Americas might not be the best idea. We did drop some hints hoping to convince the staff at Mumm to meet us in Rio but to no avail.
The Mumm tasting was very impressive and very well presented, I would definitely recommend this cellar tour to all interested in the ancient ways of making Champagne.
For a wine to be classified as Champagne, it has to be a sparkling wine or undergone a second fermentation, produced within a specific region in France referred to as the Champagne region with Reims and Epernay as the commercial centres and contain one or a combination of the following grapes: Chardonnay (white), Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier (both red).
Reims is a beautiful little town with the Notre-Dame de Reims as a focus point as this is where the kings of France were once crowned.
We hoped to fit in another Champagne tasting at Taittinger & Veuve Clicquot before departing to Epernay, but sadly ran out of time.