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“Moet et Chandon Champagne tour”

Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars
Ranked #5 of 46 things to do in Epernay
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Reviewed 5 September 2014

When we visited Epernay for a couple of days and the guided tour of Möet et Chandon was brilliant. They start the tour by explaining the history of how the champagne house was formed in 1743 in Epernay and how it attracted worldwide notoriety – apparently Napoleon I visited 5 times! They then take you down into the vast 28km of cellars that took 200 years to construct. Its cold down there as they need to keep the champagne between 10-12° all year round – so wrap up warm!

They explained the production process of champagne, all the way through from grape to glass. The process starts with alcoholic fermentation to turn the grape juice into alcohol. If they want a red wine (in order to make a rosé champagne), they add the grape skin back in during this process. Then there’s the in-bottle fermentation to turn the wine into champagne, a process that normally takes 15 months but Möet et Chandon prefer to double this time (a vintage takes 3 years). Next is the daily rotation of each bottle to separate the yeast sediment that has collected, a process that takes about 4-6 weeks. Incredibly, 10 workers will rotate between 35,000 and 52,000 bottles per day! Finally the sediment is removed by positioning all the bottles upright, forcing an air bubble up and when the lid is removed, the sediment shoots out. They lose quite a lot of champagne along the way!

Finally we got to taste their most popular bottle, the Möet Imperial, which sells one bottle every second around the world! It tasted even better standing in the spot where it has been produced for hundreds of years! One tip – make sure you book the tour in advance as you usually can’t walk in. They run tours in French and English for about €21 including a glass of champagne or €28 for two glasses).

Santé!

Thank sarah_jc12-560
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

As we found with all of France this vineyard closes in the afternoon, but when open we made it for a trip, the visit is informative but does feel like a lot of advertisement is thrown in, and to declare themselves as the best champagne i think is a bit much. The guide was very good and clearly explained their processes. One thing that did annoy me was that how outrageously expensive the shop was, i can pick up a bottle at a local tesco for cheaper! We are used to getting better prices when bought at the source but Moet do not live by this rule. A shame to end a pleasant visit without wanting to buy some bottles to take home

Thank joshuagrimshaw
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

This tour was a walking tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and keen to take questions and explain things. There was lots of information about the champagne making process and of course lots of champagne bottles.

Tasting at the end which was very nice.

Thank Steph1e
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

Over the years I have been fortunate in terms of visiting wineries,breweries,Cognac house and have been given tours and tastings in some of the best.This was my first and last visit to Moet and Chandon why? I had the feeling that although they run these tours (and they aint cheap euro 38) each! they don't really like it or feel its below them. We had a guide who I felt wanted to be somewhere else and who sped through the tour at a rate of notts. We were shown some wonderful offices and were told that the buildings to our left were for special visitors! so what were we then? The tasting was not good no details as to what we were drinking or why they were the price they were or how the juice was mixed from different years etc. The shop was a typical big brand rip off ! A bottle of Moet Imperial (standard at euro 36 and in a box euro 44. The same bottle in GB including our high duty and VAT can be had for £26. Wine goblets sprayed Gold euro 22 ? why do they do it? Suffice to say will not be back

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Reviewed 28 August 2014

The best tour of champagne cellars in Epernay.
I have been on this tour three time now & each time I have learnt something new.
The place is steeped in history.
At the end you get to taste their wonderful champagnes.

Thank Daren1234
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