The majority of our time in France was spent near Reims. We visited most of the villages you see above, and most of them had excellent champagne houses. We stayed in Poilly just off the A4 (the TGV also runs along that route into Reims from Paris).
So how was the champagne? Excellent. We sampled many many houses that you just don’t get over here, as well as more familiar brands such as Veuve-Clicquot Ponsardin and Taittinger. Above all the landscape here is beautiful with field after field covered in lovely vines.
The Taittinger cellars in Reims.
Champagne Mercier growing near Poilly. Mercier is a major house based in Épernay. This field however was just behind our house.
Still looking good. Hautevilliers.
A champagne pruning tractor. Or, you can do it by hand. The tractor straddles the vines as it goes up and down the rows. This is a small one just parked in somebody’s house.
Time for lunch. What shall we have?
Actually we had red wine (can’t keep champagne cool in the car). Lunch at Dormans “rempart contre l’oubli” (bastion against forgetting):