Reims, France

Latitude 49.25334°N Longitude 4.026°E

Wednesday, October 8, 2003

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French countryside outside ParisFrench countryside outside ParisA château along route D407 to ÉpernayTo Dom Perignon, the father of champagneIn the Möet et Chandon cellars at ÉpernayIn the Möet et Chandon cellars at Épernay
Champagne caters to a wide range of thirstsKeiko finds a bottle of Möet almost as large as herself!Touring the Mumm cellars in ReimsDescending into the Pommery champagne cellarsThe cellars are ancient Roman chalk pits 30m undergroundWhere the really good stuff is kept
These bottles were not among those offered for tastingChampagne bottles are "riddled" in these tables in the Pommery
cellars to gradually moved the yeast sediments into the necksChampagne riddling tablesRiddling can take a long, long timeA mural carved into the chalk wall featuring Bachus, the God of Wine!What everyone was waiting for: the tasting!
Rising out of the cellars, each step is carved with a vintage yearA bottle of Veuve Clicquot's vintage champagne, "La Grande Dame"


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