Awaken to French Champagne at Castellane.

Bonjour mes amis,

Fancy a trip through the Champagne-Ardenne region of north east France all for the love of bubbles? Of course you do!

There are many Champagne Houses to choose from my friends around Epernay and Reims and you will often be indecisive as to which one to visit. I’ve seen many tourists and locals alike um and ahh about which House to tour.

There are so many Champagne Houses producing beautiful champagnes and intoxicating premium bubbles but there is only one for me. And that has to be Champagne de Castellane.

Head straight to 63 Avenue de Champagne, Epernay.

It’s not just the taste of Castellane which lures me. The underground tour at the Castellane Champagne House throughout the darkened tunnels or caves in Epernay is indeed very informative and gives you a great understanding of the history of the Champagne-Ardenne region as well as the bubbles!

Castellane’s English speaking tour guide is as preened and silky as a whimpet and looks as impressive as the labels on the collar of their bottles as we follow this impeccable Frenchman (well who wouldn’t?) through the underground tunnels which have been dug out for centuries.

The earthen walls, soft amber lighting and chilled temperature of the tunnels, alerted my french awakening to the very real possibility that we had been cast into Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. Breaking the silence of the tunnels was the crescendo of very serious French oompa loompas driving miniature carts of rattling bottles until they disappeared into the silent darkened distance again. The whole place is surreal and wonderfully bizarre.

You will get to see the actual production process as well and the conveyor belt of beautiful champagne bottles dressing for a black tie affair with labels, collars, corks and crown caps!

Be captivated by the bottles which are older than you by a century…

or less?…

and the fact that one humble frenchman has the essential task of turning every champagne bottle by a mere fraction throughout history. Something interesting for the resume, non?

And lastly,there are the free tastings of the major Castellane’s French Chamapagne served to you by none other than our sweet tour guide.

The pop of the champagne is actually referred to as ” le soupir amoureux” which means a “loving whisper or a love sigh”.

Now that has to be good.

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

copyright@2010 Therese Waddell

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5 Responses to “Awaken to French Champagne at Castellane.”

  1. We used to think we didn’t like champagne. That was before we tried the good stuff. Now, we really enjoy a nice bottle of a name brand like Clicque.
    Sam

  2. Yes! Thanks for the suggestion. I will check this place out for sure. I LOVE champagne. I have to visit this area one day. I also would like to go to where Moet is made.

    Your blog sounds enchanting and I can’t wait to see it for myself. Is November a good time to go?

    • Hi there again! You can check out the opening times of all these wonderful champagne houses on the Reims Tourist Site. De Castellane is open every day of the week from 10 to 12 and again from 2 to 6pm from April to the end of December! I’ll be thinking of you in November! Oh, happy belated birthday by the way!
      Best wishes, Therese

  3. Awesome. I’m so excited. I will try to get there for a wknd in Nov at least.

    Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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