Clos19 recently launched their newest experience, a four-day bespoke Champagne tour exploring the legendary houses of Ruinart, Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot, including five-star accommodations at the recently opened Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa.
During the personalized trip, guests are invited to explore the Moët & Chandon cellars while tasting vintages in the same historic salon where Emperor Napoleon was hosted several times, discover Ruinart’s UNESCO World Heritage cellars, and learn the secrets of Veuve Clicquot’s most iconic vineyards. Guests are treated to relax in the luxurious spa of the Royal Champagne, and dine at Michelin-starred restaurants Château les Crayères, Racine restaurant and the Royal Champagne Hotel.
For an additional fee, guests may choose to, indulge in a private tour of the Reims cathedral’s towers and its museum – Palais du Tau, in the heart of Champagne where 34 French kings were crowned, or take in Champagne at top speed in a fighter jet, as you enjoy the view from the cockpit.
Guests are greeted at Reims Railway Station by a private driver to take them to their accommodations. Clos19 recommends the five-star Royal Champagne, with panoramic views of the Champagne region, an exceptional spa, and a Michelin-starred restaurant, The Royal, by Chef Jean-Denis Rieubland. The Royal Champagne is the ideal place to relax and restore ahead of an exciting few days in Champagne.
On the second day, guests are treated to a private tour within the House Moët & Chandon. The tour will guide guests through the historic cellars, exploring the House’s 270 years of innovation. Guests are invited to discover the unique characters of different vintages through a vertical tasting, in the very salon where Jean-Rémy Moët, the founder’s grandson, entertained Emperor Napoleon. For lunch, Clos19 recommends the Royal Champagne’s Brasserie Le Bellevue –French for “beautiful view” – to dine while gazing over the Champagne region. In the afternoon, guests have the option to mix and match activities to suit their desires. Adrenalin junkies are invited to book a private fighter jet flight to discover Champagne from the clouds above, or for those in need of R&R, the hotel’s exception spa offers well-deserved treatments. For the history buffs, a private tour of Reims cathedral’s towers can be arranged, including a visit of the Palais du Tau. To bring day two to an end, Clos19 recommends dinner at the two Michelin-starred restaurant Le Parc, at five-star hotel Les Crayères. Le Parc’s classic, elegant surroundings are a delightful backdrop to enjoy the work of celebrated chef Philippe Mille.
On day three, guests are introduced to Ruinart and Veuve Clicquot. While touring Ruinart, the oldest champagne house, founded in 1729, guests will learn how Ruinart was inspired by Dom Thierry Ruinart, a monk who foresaw that a new ‘wine of bubbles’ was destined for a great future. The host will reveal the House’s long association with the artistic world, reflected in its many works of art. Guests are taken on a personal tour through the majestic crayères, or cellars – part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, and then retire to a private salon to taste two Ruinart champagnes and vintages. Following lunch at the brasserie of nearby Château les Crayères, accompanied by a bottle of Ruinart, guests are introduced to Veuve Clicquot – a House which still reflects the pioneering spirit of Madame Clicquot, the so-called Grande Dame of Champagne, who invented the first-known vintage champagne in 1810. Guests are invited to privately explore the Verzy vineyard alongside a Veuve Clicquot expert, and wander through the House’s cathedral-like cellars, created from former chalk mines. To finish the tour, guests are treated to a tasting of vintages and rosés. As the trip draws to a close, Clos19 invites you to enjoy one last delight: dinner at the Michelin starred restaurant Racine. Showcasing French cuisine with Japanese influences, Racine the perfect setting to swap your favorite moments of the trip, and perhaps plan your next visit to Champagne.
Although the fourth day marks the end of the experience, guests are more than welcome to extend their stay and explore more of the region. For an additional fee, Clos19 can arrange for guests to stay in nearby Reims, a city central to champagne’s story – and the backdrop to the coronations of many French kings.