REIMS, FRANCE & VEUVE CLICQUOT
It was Marcel Proust who wrote that "while drinking a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, I could feel happiness penetrating my whole existence."
The weekend is to understand and savour the delicate and painstaking process of champagne production, to gain a unique insight from Master Winemakers and to enjoy the quality of the different champagnes over a gourmet luncheon set within the Champagne vineyards.
Arrive Reims and check-in to the Chateau Les Crayeres. Gourmet Dinner as below.
10:00 Arrival at the Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin centre located in the heart of Reims. Welcome followed by a private guided tour of the centre explaining the history of Veuve Clicquot. You will also visit the Gallo-Roman cellars which lie 25 metres under Reims and stretch for many, many kilometres.
There will also be an exclusive visit to the Veuve Clicquot Champagne vineyards.
11:30 Departure to the charming, private Manoir de Verzy, located in the heart of the Champagne vineyards. This house is a former residence of the family and with the vines within reach, you could easily feel that you are a part of the Clicquot-Ponsardin heritage.
12:15 Aperitifs will be taken in the garden of the Manoir de Verzy, sampling the delicacies of La Grande Dame, the prestige cuvee of Veuve Clicquot-Ponsardin.
12:45 A wonderful three course luncheon will be served, inclusive of three different vintage wines, mineral water and coffee, hosted by a senior Winemaker from the Clicquot House. Further fascinating insight will be gained through their knowledge and anecdotes. There are only four senior Winemakers and it takes a minimum of 10 years to attain such a position.
15:00 The visit to the Manoir de Verzy draws to a close and you will be transported back to the Clicquot centre in Reims.
Further optional cultural visits will be offered, such as a visit to the Car & Motorbike Museum, the Chateau Boursault (built for the widow of Veuve Clicquot) or a participant activity - golf or ballooning.
Chateau Les Crayeres
Les Crayeres is a wonderfully elegant turn of the century residence set in English style parkland. Blending tradition, comfort and refinement, Les Crayeres is a luxurious gourmet retreat where guests will relax in 19 sumptuous rooms and savour superb cuisine and a incredibly impressive wine list.
The Chateau Les Crayeres is frequently voted as one of the best hotels in the world.
Sample Gourmet Menu at Les Crayeres
Aperitif: Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Suivi de sa Mignardise
ESCALOPE FOIE GRAS DE CANARD POELEE, SERVIE DANS UN BOUILLON DE CANARD AGREMENTE DE LEGUMES, UN LEGER TRAIT D'HUILE DE TRUFFE
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rich Reserve 1996
FILET DE SAINT-PIERRE GRILLE, PETIT FLAN DE BOUCHOTS, CONCASSEE DE TOMATES ET OIGNONS SAFRANES
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose 1998
HOMARD BLEU EN CARAPACE, CUISINE EN COCOTTE DE FONTE, AUX CHAMPIGNONS DES BOIS
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin 1998
PIGEONNEAU EN DEUX CUISSONS, LE FILET ROTI MOELLEUX SERVI SUR UNE COMPOTE D'OIGNONS ACIDULES, LA CUISSE EN UNE CROUSTILLANTE PASTILLA AUX EPICES
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Grand Dame 1996
LA FAMEUSE TRUFFE EN CROUTE AVEC SA SAUCE PERIGUEUX
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Grande Dame 1993
FROMAGES DE NOS REGIONS
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Rose 1985
ANANAS "VICTORIA" ET CREME SOUFFLEE PASSION, SORBET NOIX DE COCO
Champagne Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Demi-Sec
PETITS FOURS FRAIS
CAFE DE COLOMBIE, ACCOMPAGNE DE FINS CHOCOLATS MAISON
- Private charter, rail travel or cannonball run car travel
- Welcome drinks followed by a private guided tour of Veuve Clicquot taking in the following:
- The history of Veuve Clicquot; a visit of the estate; a visit of the production process; a visit to the cellars and tasting
- Pre-luncheon aperitif
- A private luncheon held in the Manoir Verzy
- A comprehensive wine tasting during lunch
- A Veuve Clicquot host offering knowledge, insight & anecdotes 2 nights twin / double accommodation in Chateau Les Crayeres
- A gourmet dinner as above
- Souvenir gift & complimentary bottle
- Professional Tour Manager in attendance at all times