|Ally with a gigantic bottle of Veuve|
Both Mumm and Veuve Clicquot are two "Grands Maisons" de Champagne in Reims. Visting both houses while in Reims is fun and you will have a tasting and tour of two very old and prestigious houses in Reims with history of nearly 250 years of champagne making! (This history is awesome but keep in mind that its always nice to do a mix of these huge corporate giants and small charming local spots. I'd personal like a mix of Veuve and following the locals secrets ie driving out 15 minutes outside Reims to taste with small producers, loung in cozy tasting rooms, get dirty in the fields around vineyards and chateaus. It's hard to do on your own b/c these houses don't speak english but hire a driver from a company like ours.
To American's Veuve Clicquot is a mainstay name. From popping a cork for a celebratory promotion to the clinking of newlywed glasses, Champagne and Veuve in general has engrained itself in American society! The story of how Veuve Clicquot pioneered a Champagne movement is a fascinating story of a determined widow who at the age of 27 lost her husband, Francois Clicquot and thus was thrown in charge of her family's wine business. She took over reins amid totally chaos, during the Napoleonic wars. During this time she became a prominent female leader in a hugely male dominated industry and has grown her small family business to what it is today.
Mumm I think for many Americans is regarded, unfortunately, as a cheap bottle of California sparkling wine. While yes this is true, their real deal Reims originated Champagne dates back centuries and lies inside a beautiful old Chateau. I've been to a party in a private cave here and let me tell you it was incredible and is a tasting and tour in champagne not to be missed. Mumm was founded by 3 brother winemakers in 1827 and is famous for it's red ribbon or the Cordon Rouge which is a replica of the ribbon given for a legion of honor.
The bottle rotation process explained at Mumm
Tasting at Mumm with some new random friends
While both houses are unique and memorable, it certainty was tasting at Veuve Clicquot who blew us away. Our tour guide seriously might have a career in Hollywood, no joke. She was like a little actress, in her own little cinema and painted the most amazing picture of Madame Clicquot, her life, her struggles and her passion. It was inspiring and we honestly somehow hung on to every word, making that final moment ie the tasting even more anticipated. The only downside is that the tour is a bit expensive compared to others (26 Euro compared to 10 euro at Mumm) BUT you only taste the highest quality Champagne while at other houses you have the choice between quality.
Veuve Clicquot does not only purchase juice but also owns land on some of the best "terroirs" in the region in Bouzy, Ambonnay and by Trepail France
And the tasting begins
Deleans Chocolate Atelier, Reims
Buying huge bars of chocolate before our second tasting