By the end of this tour we were in the mood for a long French lunch. We went to a local restaurant recommended by Christian and sat down to a delicious five course meal. After this I had to have a snooze. The boys headed to Cattier while I dropped the seat down in the car and snoozed for the next hour with the girls quietly engrossed in various electronic games. These are allowed at certain times!
Genevieve summed up the day - I love it when my taste buds are bubbling!
A trip to the champagne cellars must be on the itinerary when you visit France. Today we were welcomed into Bollinger and Cattier. Nicholas had organised a tour of Bollinger for us all starting at 10am. We dragged ourselves out of bed to be on the road by 8.30am. As we neared Reims and Epernay our spirits lifted as we looked out onto the pretty rolling countryside covered in grapevines. Christian Dennis gave us a fantastic 2.5 hour tour through the Bollinger vineyards and cellars. His passion for champagne was contagious. Bollinger is one of the last remaining independent champagne houses, family managed since 1889. Our last stop was the tasting room where we starting on the classic Special Cuvee (Brut non vintage). This was followed by a Grand Annee (vintage) Rose and lastly a stunning 2007 vintage. Christian was very much in favour of Felicity and Genevieve taking part in the tasting so the girls were delighted at sipping on full flutes of champagne.