Veuve Clicquot Tour
I didn’t think twice, I accepted the invitation to join a trip to reims for Veuve Clicquot straight away. I love champagne and Veuve Clicquot is one of my favorites. Curious about what I learned about champagne and how many glasses of champagne I’ve had during the trip?
After a delicate champagne breakfast we started the road trip to Reims. A road trip in style. A super comfortable Mini loaded with Veuve accessoires and bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne. The trip seemed to go smoothly until Kiki noticed her car was running out of gas. You can imagine we were stressed out and super happy to see the sign of the gas station.
Behind this door, all the magic happens. We started the tour in the cellars of Veuve Clicquot. It was quite an impressive experience to see a part of the process, to get informed about the history and to feel the atmosphere. The caves are being set in old former Roman chalk mines (crayeres), with elaborate bas-reliefs carved into the chalk face, they are so large. Veuve Clicquot has 24 kilometers (15 miles) of underground tunnels. Impressive right?
The 24 kilometers made us thirsty. For more than two centuries, the name of Veuve Clicquot has been one of the most famous champagnes in the whole world. This name was adopted by the brand as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, who was widowed at a very young age and bravely took over her late husband’s business to transform it into a flourishing and renowned champagne house.
I was super excited and looking forward to Veuve Clicquot‘s L’Hôtel du Marc. A hotel in name only. Visits are reserved exclusively for friends, family, and business associates of the brand. To take a look inside the champagne house’s invitation-only guesthouse. Such an honor to be one of the exclusive guests. To be overwhelmed by service, luxury and not to mention champagne. Once entering my room I didn’t know where to start. I tried to take some pictures, but the room was too big. The bathroom was as big as my entire apartment in Amsterdam. Hotel du Marc articulates the spirit of Veuve Clicquot through various elements. A historic family home while at the same time featuring artwork and design pieces by such present-day creative talents as Hervé Van der Straeten, Yayoi Kusama, the Campana brothers, Mathieu Lehanneur, and Pablo Reinoso. The entrance hall’s mirrored wall was inspired by Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please clothing line. Bruno Moinard designed that and the wrought iron banister. I loved the mix of modern and traditional elements throughout.
After enjoying a moment of sunshine during aperitivo on the terrace it was time for dinner. We enjoyed a delicious classic French 4 course menu with not to mention 5 different types of champagne.