Here I am drinking champagne in Champagne!
It was a long day, spending 9 hours in Champagne exploring the region, the vineyards and of course sampling the champagne. I know it’s tough but do you hear me complaining? No – no complaints here at all!
Visited the GH Mumm and the Mercier cellars both really good drops … Unfortunately Moët and Chandon were closed for renovations.
One of the staff (sorry I neglected to take his photo – too many bubbles by then)
Anyway, he advised:
Champagne should be stored horizontally, if not – it will lose its boobles
Champagne should be not be stored for too long - Ha … like that’s going to happen.
The origin of Champagne comes from the Latin Campo, meaning field or countryside and it was the Romans who established the vineyards and crops in the region around the 13th century. It was very fertile land and strategically placed relative to being central to the north, south and Eastern Europe.
Before the Romans, the region was inhabited by the Celtic tribe – the Francs in the 3rd and 4th centuries – hence the name France.
A cathedral of note in the Champagne area is Our Lady of Reims Notre Dame and is the place where the Kings of France were baptised, including Clovis – the first King of France.
It’s pretty amazing … Well like all the cathedrals in Europe – they are just mind boggling. It is one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe, but not the most beautiful according to the guide. That title, she said would go to the Chartres Cathedral, which is renowned for it’s stained glass windows. I am yet to see the Chartres cathedral but will be sure to post it when I do.