Most people visiting the Champagne region spend a very limited time. To help you maximize your time and get the most out of being here we have developed 2 Champagne tasting master classes in English, which you can book as part of your tour with us or separately if you plan to visit on your own or on a shared tour.
You will learn about the:
▸ Champagne Region
▸ Grape varieties
▸ Difference between each of the Champagnes
▸ Blends, dosage, maturation time
During a private full day tour and on request we will reserve a wonderful short tasting Masterclass in English followed by a high quality home made light lunch in the heart of the Montagne de Reims.
You may choose from salmon tartare or a plate of mixed cheese and meat and your meal will be served with an additional 2 different champagnes in two different glasses to compare the effect of the shape of the glass on the taste. Coffee is served at the end of the meal.
We have created 2 tasting formulas to choose from:
Still Wines: White Coteaux Champenois / Red Coteaux Champenois, and Soléra) or
100% Chardonnay: 3 different types of aged single grape champagnes.
The Still Wine option is particular interesting to those who have selected an artisan tasting tour in order to explore the lesser known wines of champagne. The Chardonnay Option is a good choice for those who have selected the Classic Tour visiting only Prestige Houses, so they can have the chance to experience a comparative tasting or for those who will visit the Montagne de Reims and Marne Valley but not have time to visit the Cote de Blancs.
If you are staying overnight or have reserved a half day private tour then this private Masterclass in the centre of Reims will give you a further opportunity to compare the difference between Brut and Rose, non Vintage and Vintage and Non Grand and Grand Cru.
The Champagne House uses Chardonnay from the exceptional terroir in the Grand Cru village of Avize, Pinot Noir from Ambonnay and Bouzy, and Pinot Meunier mainly from the Marne Valley where the vinification and bottling takes place.
During your 1hr Private Masterclass in English you will taste 5 cuvées accompanied by the sweet pink biscuits (biscuits roses) or savory biscuits. The tastings include:
▸ Brut Assemblage
▸ Brut Rose Assemblage
▸ Vintage 2008 Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
▸ Brut Grand Cru Pinot Noir / Chardonnay
▸ Extra Brut Grand Cru Blanc de Blanc