Champagne Journals

A taste of Champagne

A December 2002 trip to Champagne by Horseye

Front View Photo, Champagne, France More Photos
Quote: We had a quick tour of the Champagne region, near Paris in Northern France, and found a fantastic place to stay and some worthwhile sights.

A taste of Champagne

Overview

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The best B&B I've ever found is a great place to stay. The champagne region is famous not only as the home of the world's best known sparkling wines, but is also steeped in the history of World War I.

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

We were only there in late December, certainly not peak tourist season, but it didn't seem like the public transport was particularly good in the area. Hiring a car is probably the best way to get around there.
Front View Photo, Champagne, France
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The accomodation here is fantastic. The house is owned by an American couple who lived in Paris for 10 years. They bought this place in the country and clearly spent a lot of time renovating it, with really good taste. The decor is fairly bare but classy, the furnishings are comfortable and attractive, and the facilities are good - our room was equipped with an excellent shower for example. The house is also equipped with an "endless pool," a pool with a variable speed current you can swim against. Best of all is the welcome. Bill and Meredith are clearly interested in their guests and they get that tricky balance of showing interest and being helpful, while keeping y...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

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Firstly I should explain that this wonderful restuarant isn't in Reims, but in Reiully, which is a small village perhaps 30km away. But it's so good, I would recommend travelling to it if you're staying in the Champagne region (and particularly if you're staying in "The Bed & Breakfast of the Champagne Route" which is just over the road). The Relais also offers accommodation, incidentally. The dining here is formal, with polite, very attentive service. The food is exquisite, beautifully crafted and presented, and it tastes divine. The menu offers rich food, with traditional ingredients of the area, but interpreted in a modern way. There are a la carte menus at two prices, plus a full...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Piper-Heidsieck

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Attraction | "Piper Heidsieck"

Piper-Heidsieck Photo, Reims, France
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We found ourselves in Reims, on a damp, chilly Sunday afternoon at the end of December. The city probably wasn't at it's most attractive or welcoming and many of the champagne houses were closed. However we were delighted to find that Piper Heidsieck's cave was open - especially as it's probably our favourite champagne. And if it wasn't before, it was after the visit! The tour takes you underground, through a few cellars where the ancient tools of the trade are on display, then deeper to a chamber (full of bottles) where you board your buggy. This takes you for a spin round the cellars with a commentary explaining (in your chosen language) the story of Piper Heidsieck; the company and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2003

Piper-Heidsieck
Boulevard Henry Vasnier
Reims, France

Reims & Epernay

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If you're interested in Champagne and you're in the area, you can't miss visiting these two towns. Each has it's own character yet they're both dominated, economically at least, by the champagne producers and their supporting industries. Epernay is the smaller of the two and all the main champagne houses based there are headquartered on the same boulevard which has some impressive architecture. It's interesting to note the different styles of the different houses, and how each relates to their product and branding. Reims is a larger city and as well as the champagne houses, it has a major attraction in the cathedral, which is pretty awesome. The town centre is an attractive mix of fai...Read More