Across the street from this restored ancient building is the awe-inspiring Notre Dame. The detail, the windows, the architectural wonder of this place left us speechless. Imagine, every king held their coronation in this church.
|Taittinger bottle with dead yeast residue|
Our tour guide had an adorable accent. She kept saying, "ju no for zhee, ow u say, zee boobles?" 4) The filled bottles are laid flat until the yeast finally dies,
5) the bottles are then tilted at an angle and inserted into riddlers (I think), 6) Riddlers (the bottle turners) then slow rotate them a quarter or eighth turn in either direction. This is all to slide the dead yeast down eventually into the 1/2" space in the neck of the bottle near the cork.
|116 stairs to climb down & up!|
We totally recommend doing this if you have the time and feel like tasting some fantastic champagne. We don't recommend driving! Take a taxi or bus from the train if you aren't up for the walking. We also booked a tour at Taittinger. It is a younger business but built on chalk pits that are similar in age. The history of the land that Taittinger is built on is quite amazing. The Abbey of Saint-Niclaise was completely destroyed in the Revolution. However, many of the caves and stairways (now leading to nowhere) have been preserved. The champagne was very good and the staff was very helpful. We enjoyed both. Originally I had put Veuve Cliquot on my list of must sees but we were too late to get an appointment and you can't taste without a tour. We did stop in to check out the gift shop and see the grounds. Very chic! There's a five star hotel and really nice restaurant across the way. It along with Pommery had the coolest colors and packaging! They know how to get the ladies!! haha!
|Gift shop in Veuve Cliquot|
|"Pop" art bottles at Pommery|