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One day in Epernay

Day 3 at Roland-Garros by Joseph Jabbour

Last week’s reveal of Chateau Saran’s new attire, after a 5 years renovation, headlined International and local press! A-listers such as Uma Turman, Kate Moss, Natalie Portman and Moët & Chandon’s ambassador Roger Federer arrived to Epernay to celebrate not only the Chateau, but also to toast champagne itself – honoring a very festive occasion: the 150th anniversary of Brut Impérial !

This emblematic cuvée is the House’s most accomplished and universal expression. A perfect blend of more than 200 crus, this champagne marries harmoniously the body of Pinot Noir with the suppleness of Meunier and the finesse of Chardonnay. The epitome of balance in Champagne.

 

On Tuesday, I had the pleasure to be invited by the Moet & Chandon team to spend a day in Epernay, leaving the Roland-Garros hustle and bustle for a more picturesque scenery in the Champagne region. A special excursion taking part of the ongoing Brut Imperial celebrations!

 

For our 1st stop, we enjoyed a delightful lunch in the very elegant “jardin à la française”of the Orangerie. The sun granted us with its precious presence, making this moment an ideal kick off of a day full of discoveries and emotions!

Before heading underground to the wine cellars, we got to take a look on the ongoing exhibition celebrating the birthday bottle! An insightful tour through many historical #moetmoment, followed by a visit to the famous wine cellars of Moët & Chandon.

Located under the Avenue de Champagne in Epernay, they are an exceptional part of the company’s heritage, offering a chance to witness several centuries of champagne production. This treasure trove, the largest network of underground wine cellars in the Champagne region, preserves the memory of the talent and work of generations.

By sunset, the excitement was building up as we were approaching the most anticipated moment of this beautiful day: dinner at Château Saran. This ancestral home of the Moët family situated above rolling acres of vines looks very welcoming, despite its lavish restoration and its very exclusive aspect. Only honored friends of the house can get invited to stay in one of the 11 suites. Each suite has a theme including, Christian Dior, Hollywood and the Roaring Twenties.

The refurbishment project was masterfully led by the interior designer Yves de Marseille, and the landscape planer Peter Wirtz.

The spirit of the 19th century is everywhere inside the Château: white stone pavement, golden ocher tones, piano quarter-tail, floral wallpaper, details, details and more refined details. I could have spent hours and hours admiring every architectural and decorative jewel in the chateau, but diner was calling in the Vendageoir: A gastronomic 4 courses meal by the deliciously talented Chef Marco Fadiga.

before heading to the terrace located on the first floor,

 

The evening ended with last sips of Brut Imperial on the beautiful 1st floor terrace, a lovely moment shared with Moet & Chandon’s friends and team! What an exceptional day full of sparkles!

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