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“Excellent introduction to French wines”

O Chateau - Wine Tasting
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French Wine and Champagne Tasting in Paris
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Champagne Tasting on a Seine River Cruise
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French Wine Tasting in Paris
Ranked #6 of 136 Classes & Workshops in Paris
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The #1 destination in Paris for the wine lover. Award-winning wine bar, daily wine tasting classes, great Day trips to the Champagne region, Champagen Cruises on the Seine River... If you like to wine and you're in Paris, O Chateau is a must-do!
Reviewed 21 June 2014

We decided to go for a one hour tasting as an introduction to French wines. I did not expect much but to my surprise our guide Richard was a mine of information, very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English with a Reunion accent:-)
His presentation contained a lot of information that was presented with a lot of humour making the time allocated go too fast.
I thoroughly recommend it and I would suggest that you order a cheese plate and a charcuterie plate when you book your tasting. Make sure that you book 24h in advance.(at least)

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Reviewed 20 June 2014

O Chateau offers a range of tasting experiences. We booked a small group day trip which promised pick up from our apartment at 7.30 am. It was expensive, but as it was for my birthday we felt it would be worth it. We waited outside in the cold for 45 min then inside for another 30 min - no phone call from them, and only a message bank on the number provided in our booking confirmation. Finally a call at 9.30 am, apologies, trouble with the van. We finally left Paris at 11, with two other couples, the driver, and guides Justan (English speaking) and Clare. The drive was pleasant, but due to the late start, we missed visiting Epernay and Haut Villiers - both of which we had been looking forward to. The two visits we made to small family owned domains on the Montaigne de Reims were excellent. We were taken for a walk through the vineyards, then treated to tastings with an excellent lunch at the first stop, and more tastings of a range of champagnes at the second stop. The owners were very generous with their time, their knowledge and their champagne. We were given a bottle of champagne (accepted) and offered a free tasting in Paris as compensation (declined, as we were interested in the sightseeing aspects rather than more tastings). We ended the day back in Paris happy with what we had experienced, but disappointed at the lack of communication which would have got the day off to a better start.

1  Thank Heather B
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This wine tasting was absolutely delightful! This establishment was very charming although we had a difficult time finding it (we walked there from the Louvre). Our wine instructor was friendly, very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English (shame on us for not knowing French). The majority of the other patrons were American, as we are, and we had a wonderful time interacting with our new friends. The wines they shared were wonderful - I even enjoyed the reds since I normally prefer white wines. Several other patrons had purchased the cheese trays (we didn't know that was an option) and were kind enough to share their purchase with us. Had I known that was an offering, we definitely would have ordered a tray. One major suggestion would be to take notes especially of the wines you liked. Enjoyed our time here immensely, wished it lasted longer (because it was so enjoyable) and would definitely return.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014 via mobile

I had high hopes for this cruise. I'm not sure how you mess up a cruise on the seine. After reading all of the reviews, I imagined a luxurious (little emphasis on this part given the price), informative and enjoyable cruise. Don't get me wrong, the views were great and it was nice to be on the outside of the boat but several major thing made it sub par. First, the sommelier tried to relegate us to the back of the boat. Not off to a good start. Then, he was clearly a fill in as the guy described in other reviews seemed charasmatic and fun. Our sommelier was very smiley but not very warm and did not engage the group. And most importantly, he was very rigid with the champagne. When someone would ask for a second or third glass (as advertised) it was as though he was counting what they'd already received. I have no issue with keeping the rules but if someone is asking for champagne, take their word that they didn't get it. This whole cruise just reeked of cheesy. We were on the boat an hour and a half and after about an hour everyone just tried to make the most of it by taking photos. There are so many cruises on the seine through other companies, I would skip this one.

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OlivierFromOChateau, Owner at O Chateau - Wine Tasting, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2014

Hello ! I'm so sorry to read you were disappointed with the experience. The Champagne Cruise is a terrific program but it's one where we definitely need to juggle with expectations. Some clients prefer for their sommelier to be more discreet and give them more space while others like more information and more of a show. How we do it is we try to gauge how each party wants it and try to cater to each party individually. Now I'm sorry if you felt like this time your sommelier under-delivered. Very sorry as well if you felt like the refills did not come quickly enough or smoothly enough. Definitely a mistake on our hand.
Your comment about your sommelier trying to 'relegate you' at the back of the boat surprised me as the space we have for us is a private one, and it's at the front of the boat. I imagine something might have gotten lost in translation there. Sorry about that.
One thing I would like to stress though is that for the price (55€), getting a ticket for a Seine River Cruise + a private room & deck at the front of the boat + a person to serve you and answer your question + at least 3 glasses of good Champagne, our clients get really great value for their money. I'm really sorry if you felt it was not the case. Overall, let me simply apologize. Sipping Champagne in a private room of a boat cruising on the Seine is usually a great time. I'm really glad you did enjoy the Champagne and the views. Please be sure we'll debrief your review with your sommelier and with the rest of the team. Thank you also for taking the time to share this: this is how we can get better at what we do!

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Reviewed 11 June 2014

We really enjoyed this wine tasting experience. There was lot of information given about the different wines from the different areas of France and the speaker was lively and interactive. We had taken the paris pass for 2 days and this is included in the pass. The tasting was in a nice cozy cellar and you can also add food with the tasting. Would recommend this experience.

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