Champagne Chez Vous - the press event
I’ve had the pleasure of attending a lot of champagne events lately, and please believe I am not complaining! In my tasting sessions and on my tours I always say that people don’t drink enough champagne. Because THEY DON’T! It’s not just for special occasions either, it’s for the days you want to drink champagne! LOL
With that said, I’m always interested in discovering new terroirs, new regions in Champagne and definitely new winemakers. Well, Vallée de la Marne is a region I’ve of course heard of, but being in Paris affords me the opportunity to attend the ‘Champagne Chez Vous!’ Press event which focuses on this region specifically.
Among the things I’ve been able to experience here in France that I only read about in books, vin clairs. Vin Clair is the clear wine after the first fermentation, before it turns into the bubbly you get in the bottle. Geoffrey Orban of Educavin walked us through the 3 vin clairs made from the 3 champagne grapes. He also noted how the terroir effects the flavors of each.
Next up, tastings from:
• Champagne Gratiot & Cie
• Champagne Pierre Courtois
• Champagne Léguillette-Romelot
• Champagne Jean-Yves Leredde
• Champagne Michel Hoerter (Valérie Hoerter)
• Champagne Veuve Olivier et fils
The highlight for me was the Champagne from Veuve Olivier et fils, their rosé was made using the saignée method. In this method, the skins are fermented with the wine for a very short period of time (like, just hours). Then the juice is ‘bled’ off and fermented into rosé wine. The remaining juice and must are fermented into other wines or even ratafia. It was paired with saffron and foie gras…AH MAZING!!!
While champagnes were tasted, pairings were done and I even saw a bottle be disgorged, the purpose of this event is to promote the Champagne et Vous festival in Chateau-Thierry October 21st and 22nd. It is THE tourist-oriented festival that preaches the art of "Living the Champagne" by revealing the treasures and curiosities of the Vallée de la Marne. There’ll be 30 winegrowers pouring their cuvées. You do not want to miss this!!
I’m planning a trip down with my friends from Paris, you want in? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org to join the group!