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John-Phillipe was a terrific guide. He was very knowledgeable, funny, and enthusiastic - a complete pleasure to spend the day with. He escorted us through the various stops on our Champagne tour steadily providing interesting insights. The long day flew by. The Rouen Cathedral stop was wonderful, and having an hour to wander a bit and choose our own lunch spot was great. Going first to a small vintner (Pierre Domi) then to Moet-Chandon worked very well. I wondered if it would be redundant but instead the two built on each other nicely and provided different information and insights into the champagne making process. Next trip to Paris I will do as many tours with John-Phillipe as I can.
The meeting location is easy to find. When we arrived they provided a small (delicious) pastry and coffee/tea. Our tour guide (and driver) Matthieu was fun, kind, and incredibly knowledgeable. We took a small van, (maximum: 8 people including the driver). The drive was easy. We started at Tattinger whose cellars blew my mind. Then we went to a small champagne house: Vincent Brochet. The namesake and owner gave us the tour followed by lunch & dessert which was wonderful. After we went to another small champagne house and had another very laid back tasting. They promised 7-8 glasses over the course of the day, I think we had more like 10-12. Thank you so much!
Vincent was a very knowledgable guide who covered much more than just champagne production. The contrast between the big winery and the small family run wineries was very interesting. My only criticism is that I should have been warned of all the steps. I have bad knees and would have brought my stick with me if I had known.
Excellent choice in a couple of small champagne houses (plus Taittinger). Learnt much more, were incredibly well looked after and got to drink some excellent champagne along with delicious food in the smaller houses. Victoria did an excellent job as host and guide and demonstrated her wine and champagne knowledge.
Thoroughly enjoyed the day trip. The tastings, the explanations and the tours. Highly recommended. And the fantastic weather and timing helped. We were lucky enough to do the tour(s) at the Champagne grape harvest week - so loads of interest, activity and focus on sparkling champagne.