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Champagne tastings without tour

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Champagne tastings without tour


Since we will be having a 5 and 7 yo with us, we would prefer to skip the champagne tours. Where can we go for tastings (without the tour) in Reims or Epernay?

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1. Re: Champagne tastings without tour

Hello Mich,

This will be much easier in Epernay as the houses in Reims are more geared up for the full tourist experience.

In Epernay, you have Janisson-Baradon on the Place de la Republique which is at the bottom end of the famous Avenue de Champagne. They are a top quality, smaller domaine who have recently (end of April) opened a boutique and tasting room.

About a quarter of the way up the Avenue de Champagne on the left is another top quality, smaller domaine: Collard-Picard. They are actually based further west in Villers-sous-Chatillon but opened their boutique and tasting room a couple of years ago. Keep heading up the Avenue de Champagne and on the right (just after Pol Roger) is A. Bergere. They are a smaller house from Ferebrianges and have a boutique and tasting room along with nice bed and breakfast plus gites. Towards the end of the Avenue de Champagne on the left is Paul Etienne Saint-Germain who have a tasting room.

As well as these houses, there are a couple of tasting bars, one is C. Comme at the Hotel Jean Moet & Spa, just off the Place de la Republique - 1st right if leaving the Avenue de Champagne). Opposite the exit to this bar is Fines Bulles.

At 1, Avenue Paul Chandon is probably the best champagne shop in the World - Le 520. They have tastings most weekends and a list can be found via their website.

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2. Re: Champagne tastings without tour

Thanks for the detailed suggestions!

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3. Re: Champagne tastings without tour

With children, go for the Mercier tour -- the train ride through the cellars keeps them happy, as does the wonderful "balloon flight" during the descent to the train.

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