A 65 minutes journey on the TGV whisked us away from the sprawling metropolis to the rolling hills and vineyards of Epernay in the Champagne-Ardenne region.
With an estimated 20,000 hectares of vineyards stretching all around, 200 million bottles of champagne ageing in 120 kilometres of cellars, and home to some of the world’s most famous Champagne houses, Epernay has long been labeled Capital of Champagne, a coveted title that is befitting of this small but affluent town.
A 10 minutes leisurely stroll from the train station and we were at Avenue de Champagne, where at number 18 stood the grand dame of Champagne houses- Moët & Chandon.
For €14 each, we went on a 1-hr guided tour of the very same caves where every bottle of Moët & Chandon has ever rested and learnt about the history of Champagne and the company; the harvesting and fermentation process; differences between grand cru, vintage cru and Dom Perignon and a lot more. At the end of the session was a degustation of it’s flagship, the Brut Imperial. Crispy and bubbly with a fruity flavour, it tastes elegant and made us feel elegant too.
Moet’s tagline “Be fabulous”. Anyone would be too if they have free flow Champagne coming their way!
Arriving in Paris in the late evening, we headed to Léon de Bruxelles, a Belgian chain, for some piping hot mussels in curry, Provencal and white wine in crème fraiche soup. Bon Appétit!