06 September to 14 September 2003

Saturday 13
Around Champagne region.

After picking up our 'pic-nics' from the hotel we start a very easy and pleasant drive taking in a visit to one of the regions Champagne Houses Launois Père & Fils to see 'how it is done' and to taste and perhaps buy their wares.
After the 'educational' we drive north to the Faux de Verzy on a plateau south east of Reims where we can stretch our legs and have our lunch. We then continue via Verzenay and the windmill we continue through the Montagne de Reims via St Lie and then drop down to Chatillon sur Marne we then follow the river to Chateau Thierry the scene of some ferocious battles during the First World War.
We then head back towards Epernay along the other side of the Marne visiting Dormans and Hautvillers before returning to Vertus and the hotel for the last night.

Launois Père & Fils One of the best tours is at the small village of Le Mesnil sur Oger, on the Côtes des Blancs, a few miles south of Epernay. Here, Bernard Launois has assembled a magnificent collection of wine antiques and Champagne memorabilia for his museum of vine and wine. The visit takes two hours, touring the vast museum and cellars, followed by a tasting of their excellent Champagnes in the cellars themselves. Not to be missed!
A circular trip of about 125 miles.