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Snooth User: John Andrews

Champagne ...

Posted by John Andrews, Jul 18, 2008.

Hi All,

I'm going to be in France (Paris) for a few days in September. With it being right after harvest in Champagne I want to visit the region. Has anyone been there? I am looking for some advice on a number of things:

- What is the best way to get from Paris to the Champagne region ... I'm okay with driving in Europe and have done it a number of times (and I can read French)
- Where would be a good place to stay in Champagne, Riems?
- I want to visit Champagne houses? Any recommendations on which?
- Should I make reservations in advance?

Any help would be beneficial.

Thanks
John

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Reply by John Andrews, Jul 18, 2008.

Sorry ... posted in the wrong area ... apparently 'start a new topic' button does not post a topic in the current section you're looking at it.

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Reply by Philip James, Jul 18, 2008.

Sorry Honda - there's a little dropdown where you can select which thread to post in, but its probably not, as you say, recording where you were when you clicked to add a new post.

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Reply by Philip James, Jul 18, 2008.

I dont know too much about Champagne, but the owner of Leclerc Briant is a real character...
http://www.leclercbriant.com/index.php3

At a tasting he regaled me of the perfect 12 hour long Champagne extravaganza. Each hour had a different Champagne. After 7pm, when there was a brief interlude with some delicate Blanc de Blancs and it was time to wind the way back up to a weighty vintage champers later that night i realized i was outclassed.

They also make a really dark rose which is almost red - very interesting.

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Reply by John Andrews, Jul 22, 2008.

Thanks for the recommendation Philip. Sounds like a place I should check out.

(oh yeah ... I realized my mistake - wrt the posting location - after I posted my reply to my original post)

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 22, 2008.

Champagne is really close to Paris. You can take a train to Reims and start your exploring from there. Spend the rental car fund on gastronomy in Reims and Epernay instead.

The tourist office in Reims can help you organize visits to cellars of the Champagne houses. There IS a Holiday Inn in the town, but you may want a more authentic experience.

I second Philip's recommendation. Pascal Leclerc is a total nutter. He holds the Guinness world record for the largest Champagne flute pyramid and has been working on a non-explosive cork closure for Champagne bottles for years now. N.B. that Leclerc is in Epernay.

How much time are you spending in France? Adding on a trip to Alsace or Burgundy is pretty easy since they are only 3 hours away.

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Reply by Rodolphe Boulanger, Jul 22, 2008.

Also - don't forget all the links I gave you at - http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/ch...

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Reply by John Andrews, Jul 22, 2008.

Oh yeah ...


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