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Sweetie sweetie darling darling....
Inspired by Joanna Lumley & Jennifer Saunder's, recent wine tour to Champagne - Absolutely Champers. We now offer the chance to taste Loire Sparkling wines in an Absolutely Fabulous way....
Champage, Prosecco, and Cava make way le Cremant est arrivée
Enjoy cracking open a bottle of sparkling wine just like Patsy and Edina from AbFab?
Since the 1800's Champagne producers and their families have moved to the Loire Valley to make Traditional Method sparkling wine because the conditions are so similar. The terroir is almost identical with an abundance of limestone, perfect for caves, and therefore storage, in miles and miles of tunnels. The dominant grape for the Loire Valley sparklers is Chenin Blanc and it thrives on limestone, providing crisp acidity and is complemented by Chardonnay, a typical Champagne variety.
The Champagne houses replicated their wine production in Saumur because of these ideal conditions, not only is Langlois-Chateau owned by the Bollinger family. Gratien-Meyer has also had wine production in Saumur and Epernay. More recently the Monmousseau family owners of Bouvet Ladubay have a strong history with Taittinger who bought Bouvet Ladubay in the 1970's only for the Monmousseau family to buy it back about 40 years later with Juliette Monmousseau at the helm.
While Patsy & Edina guzzle Bollinger Champagne, Sue and Micaela introduce you to their 'sister' sparkling wine company, Langlois-Chateau, to taste Cremant de Loire and Saumur Brut fizz! These top quality sparkling wines are made in exactly the same way as Champagne, i.e. Traditional Method, with the same attention to detail throughout the process from vine to wine. So if you watched 'Absolutely Champers' BBC2 starring Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders you will know just how it is made ...and drunk!
Fun, fizz fueled and educational too, our sparkling wine tours are not just perfect for Patsy. And it's a great way to keep your wine fridge as well stocked as Eddie's!
ABSOLUTELY SPARKLING WINE TOUR
798 Euros based on 2 people sharing a room. 2 Night Stay - oh and did I mention all the free bubbles darling?
THATS ONLY 399 EUROS PER PERSON FOR ALL INCLUDED BELOW
Collection to/from SAUMUR STATION*
Welcome drink on arrival
Bottle of Sparkling Wine Chilling in your room darling!
2 nights accommodation at La Grande Maison including a delicious breakfast
1 Wine Tasting Supper at La Grande Maison (for 2 persons on evening of arrival)
1 Picnics in the vineyard or on the banks of the river Loire
Transport in roomy 6 or 9 seater vehicle with Qualified wine guide
A one day visit to 3 local Saumur Sparkling wine producers : including Bouvet Ladubay
Tastings of local white, red, rose and sparkling wines
Route map and details of Domaines to be visited
Helpful descriptions and notes
Wine Tasting note book and pencil
Bottled water to take on the tour
Opportunity to buy wines at vineyard prices
Transportation of wines bought to La Grande Maison
Translation and explanations by guide whenever necessary
Lifts to and from local restaurants of choice on 2nd evening
Tea, coffee or soft drinks in the gardens on return from your tour
Exclusive tour with apero (more fizz sweetie?) in the underground pigeon tower of the wine caves and tunnels at La Grande Maison
*Collection can also be arranged from Angers, Tours, Poitiers or airports please ask for prices
Like Joanna and Jennifer you will get to explore the vineyards where the grapes are grown, see the sparkling wine production first hand, visit the caves where the wine is produced and taste the wines from a selection of top quality wine producers of Saumur. Combined with the opportunity to stay directly in the vineyards at La Grande Maison this is a sparkling wine tour not to miss!! What a sparkling wine holiday!