A day in the Champagne region

The pleasures of champagne are historic. According to legend, Madame de Pompadour said “champagne is the only wine which leaves a woman more beautiful after drinking.” In 1961 Madame Bollinger replied to a journalist from the London Daily Mail when asked about her consummation of champagne, “I drink it when I am joyous and when I am sad. Sometimes I have some when I am alone, and I consider it obligatory when I entertain. I play with it when I don't have an appetite, and I drink some when I'm hungry. Otherwise, I never touch it, unless I'm thirsty.”

“If I were not the King of France, I'd like to be the Prince of Ay” (the princedom of champagne) Henri IV

“I cannot live without champagne; in the event of victory, I deserve it; in the event of defeat, I need it.” Napoléon Bonaparte

Near Épernay in the vineyard-laced Marne valley sits medium-sized champagne producer Domaine Tribaut-Schloesser. M. Tribaut and M. Allart welcome us for an informative
tour of the operation followed by a tasting.

Sonya, Sue, Karen & Nan with M. Tribaut

Champagne villages coddled by rolling vineyards in the Marne valley.

The tomb of Dom Perignon in the Hautvilliers abbey church

The Hautvillers abbey church

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