Posted: 04 Apr 2011 03:38 AM PDT
Good and bad marks for Gosset. First the good:
Congratulations to Gosset on launching their Vintage 2000
This means that the champagne has had about 10 years ageing in the bottle, on the lees. That's a long time and much longer than many vintages champagne houses keep their vintages, so well done to Gosset.
What I was much less impressed by was the announcement and tasting notes. Just exactly the same as you and I have read a thousand times and there is nothing in the entire text to differentiate this champagne - which I imagine is terrific - from a thousand other champagnes. What a pity and how boring.
When will champagne houses learn to say something interesting that actually engages the consumers instead of trotting out the same old same old ???
Here it is below - judge for yourself:
Champagne Gosset has launched its latest vintage. The year 2000 was an
Posted: 03 Apr 2011 03:19 PM PDT
People thinking of visiting Champagne often wonder if there is anything else to do here except visit champagne makers and drink champagne. Well in fact there is loads to do and something to suit almost all interests and all ages. Here are a few ideas...
First you can download a free guide to What to Do In Champagne by going here www.bedandbreakfastinchampagne.com and you'll also find information about our bed and breakfast accommodation in Champagne
Next, If you like walking then you're in luck.
There's a disused railway line running for a long way all around the side of La Montagne de Reims and it's terrific place to walk. In actual fact it's part of the long distance pilgrimage trail that runs all the way to Saint Jacques de Compostel in Spain.
Several people undertake this marathon for religious reasons, but others do it just for personal satisfaction If you're tempted to have a go it'll take you about 3 months in total and you can start from Canterbury, Aachen and a few other places accordingto which country you live in. If you do come along be sure to stay at our B & B in Verzy; we're only about 200 metres from the trail and we get a lot of wakers staying with us
The trail is well sign-posted and ( famous last words) it's hard to get lost so you can wander to your heart's content.
As you walk the path takes you between the vines and the forest that covers the top of the so-called Mountain of Reims ( it's only 200 metres high or so) and you get some great views. You can one below
Then there's mountain biking, or VTT as they call it here ( Vélo Touts Terrains).
There a real honeycomb of trails through the vines and forest, all marked out with coloured arrows on the trees indicating the level of difficulty as well as the direction so there's something to suit just about everyone.
In the hunting season you have to watch out for the hunters and their guns, but again the signs are clear as you can see below. All the arrows sensibly pointed in one direction : away from La Chasse. I think I get the message
Just to show you that I'm not just making this up, below is a short video to close showing some mountain bikers who came along just at the right moment.
In the next post I'll tell you about some more of the lesser-known attractions of Champagne
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