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“A Champagne experience”

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La Maison des Vignes de Verzenay
Ranked #2 of 2 Verzenay B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 August 2013

Our vision of touring the region was dozens of welcoming little champagne houses and nice little bistros in each village but these are working towns and basically "closed'. But quantity is not important and one wonderful quality experiece at La Maison will remain with us forever. Lovely french decor in a creaking old bedroom, nice bathroom, friendly dogs, a swim in their lovely pool, watching champers being loaded, a warm and amusing tour and tasting in the cellars with Emmanuel and then aperetifs and champers with Catherine and Emmanuel followed by a long lovely dinner with two other nice guests in their dining room followed by a late night walk through the village and the back to experience a wonderful summer thunderstorm. What are you waiting for - make a booking!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

We live in the United States and often travel to France. On many occasions, we have stayed in a “Bed and Breakfast”, always “4 épis”. It is always with some trepidation that we arrive at a carefully selected accommodation wondering if the chosen location will meet expectations. Catherine and Emmanuel Pithois’ “La Maison des Vignes, in Verzenay” has surpassed all of ours! We enthusiastically recommend it to potential visitors in Champagne.

My wife and I, travelling with another couple, arrived at Charles de Gaulle early in the morning in July of 2013. After picking up our car, we leisurely meandered through the Marne Valley following one of the recommended “Champagne Tourist Route” circuit. This took us to Epernay where we stopped for the obligatory visit of the immense caves of the Moet et Chandon label. Fighting the jet lag in the late afternoon, we proceeded to the charming town of Verzenay, after a few more miles of a beautiful drive through endless vineyards.

La Maison des Vignes is a very unassuming place from the outside, only showing a small gate opening into into a small courtyard. Once you pass the gates, however, this is where the mystic commences. The proper but effusive Catherine gave us a most cordial welcome and showed us to our spacious rooms. This is where the “wow” started, as the place showcased one of Catherine’s passions, decorating. Her touch is simply magical and every little thing seems to be where it is for a reason and contributes to a plush and comfortable feeling. One item that I found particularly unusual was how good the towels smelled. Catherine told me that she put a special spray on the towels as she ironed them. I had never heard of that being done at a B&B.

After settling in, we decided to unwind by the pool that provided a reposing oasis for our tired bodies. As this was not enough, Catherine promptly greeted us with a cup of their own champagne accompanied with pink champagne biscuits. What a treat! After a quick trip to Reims (15 minute-drive) we returned for the night, and we were greeted, once more, with a cup of champagne. My wife’s reminded me of the quote assigned to Dom Pérignon: “it’s like drinking stars”.

We had breakfast in the lovely dining room. This is where we had the great pleasure to meet Mathilde, the very sweet daughter of the owners. She attended to our every wishes, and promptly prepared our eggs, just like we wanted them. Of course, there were croissants, fresh breads, cheeses, meats, yoghourts, fruits, etc. All of this resting in impeccable settings that raised the level of this meal to sumptuous. During our meals we also shared the table with the occupants of the third room in the logis. These occasions were always joyous and culturally pleasing, as they engendered the passionate exchange of a variety of opinions

After another pleasant drive through the countryside (Montagne de Reims, Massif de Saint Thierry), we returned for the tour of the cave and dinner. (We had registered for the “Romantic package”, that I recommend, as well.)

What a joy it was to meet Emmanuel, the affable and very exuberant champagne maker and the husband of Catherine. His passion for wine and champagne, are only matched by the excitement with which he explains his future plans and marketing ideas. If you are not sure whether you like champagne or not, a few minutes with Emmanuel will cure you of that doubt and make you an enthusiastic lover of the bubbly for life. After a tour of the cave where we enjoyed further “degustations”, it was time for an epicurean dinner, where Catherine displayed her superb culinary skills. The hors d’oeuvres served with champagne, of course, were followed by a series of delicious local creations that, in my opinion, rival some of the better meals I have had the fortune to enjoy throughout the world. Needless to say that champagne and superlative wines, generously accompanied the meal. All were served by Emmanuel who seemed to delight in imparting his guests with his vast knowledge of the origins and subtlety of each of his offerings.

The entire visit was an unforgettable delight that we hope to replicate in future visits to the Champagne region.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

We had the opportunity to stay with Catherine and Emmanuel right at the end of Spring, when the countryside and gardens are in full bloom. As the previous commenter noted, the accommodations are excellent and this old champagne house is littered with charm from the front gate all the way to garden and wine cellar out the back. We stayed two nights and enjoyed every moment of it. Our son loved the friendly dogs and swimming pool and everyone put their best foot forward in accommodating us.
Probably the greatest thing about Catherine and Emmanuel Pithois and their "Chambres d'hotes de Charme" is that, in a region of france that is full of pomp and prestige, you will have found two of the most unpretentious, charming, champagne makers in the area. They also happen to make some really, really, good champagne. We hope to visit them again, and again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

I’m in a quandary: Should I review this place or not? One part of me feels I should keep it my own private secret. The other part of me accepts that I should share this absolutely fantastic place with everybody, as it deserves greater acclaim, but then I risk never getting a booking for the dates I want again!

It isn’t so much a B&B stay as a whole experience. Catherine and Emmanuel Pithois-Rigaut are a charming, welcoming and very hospitable couple, and they are incredibly passionate about their lifestyle as champagne growers and makers, and are keen to share this knowledge. What you get when you stay here is a very small insight into the life of an artisan champagne maker. The accommodation is on the upper floor of part of a very old building complex, part of a grand cru champagne house that has been here for centuries, all in the one family. Therefore, the entrance is relatively modest, giving no clue until you have climbed the narrow stairs of the luxurious, spacious and tastefully decorated rooms. Each room has a different aspect and style, but all are tasteful and comfy with lots of lovely little homely touches.

To get the full experience you should try to arrive early to allow yourself enough time, if the weather is warm, to have a refreshing swim in the pool in the landscaped garden. Then take up Emmanuel’s offer of a guided tour of the cellars, champagne making equipment and explanation of how the small, family run business operates from growing the grapes to bottling and labelling the champagne. This should be followed by an opportunity to taste some of these special wines accompanied by Catherine’s canapés.

Make sure you take up the offer of table d’hotes dinner. Your reward will be a sumptuous, delicious multi-course dinner, prepared by Catherine using local ingredients and rich sauces based on the champagnes Emmanuel has made, served in a delightful, candle lit dining room. The next morning another spread of high quality, often home-made baked goods and accompaniments will be served for breakfast.

As well as enjoying the hospitality offered by the Pithois family, you should make time to explore the village of Verzenay. While this family’s name, being a small, artisan specialist champagne house may be unknown to you, the neighbouring establishments are some of the most highly regarding and well known names in the world of champagne. A tour of these establishments while you explore the village, a visit to the local museum and a wander among the vines are very rewarding.

Both Catherine and Emmanuel speak sufficient English to communicate well with their guests, and should be able to respond to emails sent in English using the contact link or a conversation on the webchat link , although their website is in French only. You may wish to take up the offers found on the tariff page for a romantic weekend break.

If I could rate this place a 6, I would!

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Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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Stayed: January 2018, travelled with family
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Address: 4 rue Veuve Pommery, 51360 Verzenay, France
Region: France > Grand Est > Marne > Verzenay
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Verzenay
Number of rooms: 3

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