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Reims and Champagne

Champagne 3 nights Price from £2,168 per person
Departs: 22 Nov 2020
Departs: 22 Nov 2020

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This new tour offers an insider’s view of Champagne in the company of wine expert Tim Clarke. The heart of the Champagne region is a relatively compact area to the east of Paris around Reims and Epernay. Here you will find the ‘caves’ of the most prestigious marques including Pol Roger, Bollinger and Tattinger, as well as excellent smaller houses and growers out in the vineyard villages – and on this tour, you will explore both in comfort and style, going behind closed doors for private tastings and exclusive meals at the cellars. During the course of the holiday, Tim Clarke will share his 30 years of Champagne insights with you and host a couple of enjoyable tutored tastings in the evenings, which demonstrate the complexity of Champagne. In just four days you will significantly increase your understanding of this most pleasurable of wines.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return Standard Premier (first class) Eurostar tickets from London St Pancras to Lille Europe
  • Three nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners & two lunches
  • Champagne tastings and talks as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Lecturer, Tim Clarke

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Reims & Champagne tasting

    We head to the Champagne region in the fastest and most convenient way, travelling from St. Pancras by Eurostar to Lille. Here we will be met by our coach for the drive to Reims in the heart of Champagne, arriving mid-afternoon. We will then check into the 4 star Hotel de la Paix, which is perfectly located in the centre of the city and will be our base for the duration of the holiday. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the town. This evening, Tim Clarke will host a Champagne tasting, comparing the styles and quality of a selection of wines, describing styles, evaluating the quality and judging which suit our taste. He will also discuss tasting technique, explain how the production methods used affect the style and no doubt spring a surprise or two. After the tasting we shall dine together.
  • Day 2 - Pol Roger & Bollinger

    This morning we will visit Pol Roger for a private tour and tasting. Normally closed to the public, Pol Roger is one of the most prestigious Champagne houses, famous as the personal favourite of Winston Churchill as well as supplier by Royal Warrant to the Queen. We will then enjoy lunch at Bollinger, paired with various Champagnes served with the meal. The rest of the afternoon is free before we meet at the hotel for our second masterclass with Tim Clarke, this time focussing on the new face of Champagne. We will examine Champagnes from single vineyards and look at village styles, estate producers and the increasingly important role of organics and bio-dynamics. Dinner will be taken independently or you may wish to join Tim at his choice of restaurant.
  • Day 3 - Champagne cellars, Reims Cathedral & Tattinger

    This morning we have another private visit to a prestigious Champagne cellar. We will then have a guided tour of the magnificent Reims Cathedral, setting for the coronation of many monarchs of France. Late in the afternoon, we visit the beautiful cellars at Taittinger, which date back to the Roman period, before driving to Taittinger's Chateau de la Marquetterie near Epernay, where we have a fabulous private dinner.
  • Day 4 - Visit to a Champagne estate & return to London

    On Our final morning will be spent visiting a small estate Champagne maker in one of the Grand Cru villages outside Reims. This is followed by a last lunch together. We leave the region in the afternoon returning by Eurostar to London. * Tim Clarke is also leading our Wine tour of Rioja and Northern Spain.

Departure Dates and Prices

Eurostar Information: Depart London St. Pancras 10.14 arrive Lille 12.54 Depart Lille 18.35 arrive London St. Pancras 19.13

22 Nov 2020

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Price from£2168

Single Supp.£105

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Tim Clarke

Tim Clarke

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