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Perfect Day

My daughter and I had the most fabulous day with Brice on our champagne tour in April 2024. There was only one other client booked with us so it was basically a private tour. The entire trip went smoothly from the moment of booking until we were dropped back in Paris at the end of the day. Brice contacted me by email about 5 days before our trip to connect. He provided his contact phone and confirmed the pick up location. He met us at the designated pick up location promptly just before 7 am. He welcomed us into his spotless van with fresh croissants or a pan au chocolate (1 each per person). While 7 am is an early start it meant that we arrived in Reims before the crowds. We started our day at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Reims. It was gorgeous and we were there before anyone else, so we had the cathedral almost entirely to ourselves. Brice gave us a short historical tour of the site and was more than happy to help take photos. We then went to the house of Lanson, where Brice organized our entry and then left us with the house staff to have a guided tour with a few other individuals from another group. It was still a very small and intimate tour and we learned so much about champagne production. Brice was waiting for us after the tour in the tasting room where we tasted 2 lovely champagnes. While we sampled Brice took our lunch orders for the restaurant. We then had a short stop a historical sweet shop before lunch. Lunch was at a lovely historical restaurant. We were seated promptly and had a delicious 3 course meal with water and wine. After lunch we went to the house of Pommery for a self guided tour the caves. This was more like a museum tour with very interesting/ecclectic exhibits. We used our phones to listen to the audio tour. Afterwards Brice was again waiting for us in the tasting room where he organized a tasting of a vintage champagne, which was a special treat. Afterwards we move to a beautiful nearby village where we met the charming wife of a local vintner who grows their own grapes and makes and sell champagne. She gave us a tour of their facilities followed by a tasting of 2 of their champagnes. We then visited the grave of the monk Dom Perignon in a charming small church. Again we were by ourselves at this site. Brice had a knack of getting us to every venue before the crowds arrived. He was very polite, professional and full of interesting facts and stories. The drive back to Paris was about 2 hours given the heavy traffic. We arrived back just before 8pm. It was the perfect day. We enjoyed the tour so much that my husband is going to do the wine tasting trip with Brice when he comes to Paris in May. I would unreservedly recommend this tour to anyone who loves champagne and beautiful scenery.

Date of experience: April 2024

Champagne Enthusiast Tour

Vanessa B
Learn from local winemakers, taste incredible products

Everything I wanted a day trip to wine country from Paris to be. I was traveling alone and looking to get out of the city for a bit and this small group became my second home for the day. Brice was extremely welcoming and taught us a lot about how to understand French wine from a small family estate perspective. He was friends with all the winemakers we stopped to visit and you can tell they trust him to bring a few American tourists by every once in a while, which gave us a very special experience.

We first stopped for breakfast and had a little intro lesson in French wine basics and what to expect for the day, then to the goat farm where we tried incredible chèvre frais as well as different aged versions of the Crottin de Chavignol. The two small family estate winemakers we met were both 13th generation+ and very knowledgeable and happy to share about the culture of their villages, as well as their very good wines. Everyone on the tour was fascinated with learning about the impact of the terroir and exposures in Sancerre on the range of flavors you can achieve with just a few grape varieties (Sauvignon blanc, Pinot noir, and a little Chardonnay and Gamay in special plots in alignment with the appellation). Lunch was also incredible at a local inn. Best duck confit of my entire life.

It would have be an impossible trip to replicate without Brice and the relationships he has built along the way. Not your typical tourist experience, in fact I don’t think I saw a single other English speaking tourist all day. I will, and have already, recommend this tour to everyone I know visiting Paris.

Date of experience: April 2024

Wine Enthusiast Tour

Charlotte H
Loving Champagne in Champagne!

We have been to Paris many times but have never taken a trip to Champagne. We are great lovers of champagne and were very pleased that we took this trip as our first experience of the Champagne Region.

Our guide Brice was a wonderful host. He emailed the night before our tour to say that he had broken his ankle and would be bringing his friend, Numa as our driver. Brice and Numa arrived right on time at our apartment on a dark, cold Paris morning at 7am.

We had originally been looking at a small group tour but when I first emailed Brice he advised that the small group tours don’t run at that time so the alternative was a private tour. Although it was more expensive, it was well worth the investment, particularly as we were picked up from and returned to our apartment in Montmartre as part of the private tour.

It was an interesting start just to get out of Paris. Numa did an outstanding job with good directions from Brice. Numa is a fireman so he does know the streets of Paris pretty well.

Not far out of Paris, we had breakfast – fresh croissants, Pain au Chocolats and espresso coffee – delicious!

My husband, Ken and Brice shared a love of history and politics and had great chats along the way to our first stop, the beautiful Reims Cathedral. Brice shared the history of the cathedral, both inside and out. It’s considered to be the birth place of France because Clovis was baptised there in 508 before he became king. We had some time before we left to take photos and light a candle.

Next stop, Maison Fossier, the oldest biscuit factory in France. The tradition of its original recipe for the “pink biscuit” has been maintained for 250 years. We tasted the pink biscuit, a little dry but it is supposed to be very nice dunked in champagne!

Next stop our first tour and champagne tasting at Mumm – fascinating to hear the history of a champagne that we have enjoyed many times!

Lunch was at Brasserie Le Boulingrin which is well known as the place for men to take their “unofficial wives”. The paper tablecloths had cartoons of the men with their “unofficial wife” enjoying a meal and their real wife in the background! It was a delicious lunch which we enjoyed with Brice and Numa.

Back on the road to Veuve Clicquot for another tour. Again, fascinating to hear the history of a favourite champagne before four very nice tastings of different Veuves.

A bit of a drive to an independent wine champagne producer, Joseph Desruets. We met the champagne makers wife, Sabina who showed us their very small winery – she showed us the original 1888 press which they still use to make their champagne. We then went across the street to their office where we had a very relaxed tasting of three champagnes. So different from the big champagne houses! We bought two bottles to take home as we can buy Mumm and Veuve any old time!

Back on the road and the last stop was at one of the Commonwealth Cemeteries with headstones for the British, Scottish, Irish and NZ graves and black crosses for the Germans on the other side of a fence. We have done a battlefields tour before but the cemeteries never fail to stir emotions.

We left the cemetery at 5.15pm and didn’t get home until 7.45pm. The traffic in Paris is absolutely unbelievable. Numa did an amazing job of negotiating his way through the traffic and bikes. We couldn’t believe that we didn’t hit anything especially as we were in a van and the streets are incredibly narrow. We took a few different directions to get home as the traffic was jammed in a few places. At one point, we turned a corner and saw the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the street!

We would highly recommend this tour, it was a memorable day and Brice was a wonderful host, ably supported by his great mate, Numa in the driving seat.

Date of experience: November 2023

Champagne Enthusiast Tour

Sharon B
The highlight of our trip!

We did a private ‘Wine Enthusiast Tour.’

Our group of 5 friends were well taken of by Brice and his friend. Brice told us he normally does the tour himself but he recently broke his ankle and was getting around in crutches. He didn’t miss a beat though (and thank you Brice for not having to cancel on us because of your ankle – it was a highlight of our trip to Paris!).

His good friend (my apologies but I don’t remember his name!) did the driving and they were both wonderful hosts to a fantastic day. Our tour took us to the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume regions of the Loire Valley. Although our group varied in the knowledge of wine making and wine tasting, Brice did a great job in introducing and teaching us to the art of wine in these regions and in France. We each ended the day with such an appreciation for the history and craftsmanship of producing wine in this country. The cheese tasting was delicious and so informative as to the process of making goat cheese. It was wonderful meeting the farmers and producers of the goat farm and the two vineyards we visited.
Brice’s depth of knowledge, his enthusiasm, and true love for French wine was very much appreciated. He took great care of us throughout the day and was the perfect host. If you are even thinking about doing any of the tours that Paris Wine Day tours offers, just book it. You will not be disappointed in the least. It will end up being one of the highlights of your trip!

Date of experience: November 2023

Wine Enthusiast Tour

SueK223
Perfect!

My friends and I truly loved the Sancerre wine tour with Brice! This was an amazing tour and worth the money! You get out of Paris and see some beautiful bits of French countryside. And the wine is great, of course! It’s an absolutely wonderful day! It was everything I hoped it would be and more.

The longer version if you want more details:
I had a little bit of trouble initially booking the tour just due to my credit card blocking the charge and then not correctly unblocking. I used the contact info on the tour website to get help and Brice responded very quickly and helped me get everything booked and straightened out. He also made sure I received some tour day info via email, which originally had been undeliverable. So I’d say the communication and responsiveness was really great even before the tour itself.
The tour is a long day – but worth it! Definitely follow the recommendations to dress in layers. Depending on the time of year (we went mid-October) it will be dark when you leave and dark when you get back to Paris. Recommend bringing whatever you need to be comfortable being gone all day (e.g., earbuds or book for some of the driving time, water, power brick to charge your phone, etc.).
The tour guide, Brice, does everything. He’s your tour guide, driver, and translator (when needed) and he is perfection! He clearly loves what he’s doing and is knowledgeable about the area and the wines. It is obvious he’s put a good bit of work into finding just the right places to include in the tour. There were a couple of great photo stops. The goat cheese farm was really interesting and there were baby goats to pet (who doesn’t love baby goats?!). Lunch was delicious! There is some free time to wander through a wine museum and then back through the cute little town itself. Both of the family wineries were excellent choices because they highlighted different types of operations. I learned a lot and really, really enjoyed meeting the winemakers and drinking their delicious wine!

Date of experience: October 2023

Wine Enthusiast Tour

Kelly G
It just doesn’t get better than this wine tour!

OK lets start out with the fact that my wife and I have spent the last 10 days in France and have taken a number of wine tours. We do like our wine. Generally the tours have a been very good, but the tour of the Loire with JB was outstanding in every possible way. No kidding! We went to two family owned vineyards and spent time with owners who took direct responsibility for the wine. They were both truly hands on and therefore knowledgable. In the first instance we spent a couple of hours just talking to the owner, tasting his wines, and learning more about the process of wine making and the impact of each micro climate and terroir. The second vintner had just finished harvesting a plot of grapes and was beginning the process of pressing. The owner is the 5th generation to lead the vineyard and was busy, but still took time to meet and greet us and give a access to the work going on behind the scenes. In both instances the wine was outstanding and offered at a very reasonable price. We also visited a cheese maker and were able to watch them making cheese, meet the goats, and, of course, sample the delicious cheeses they produced. JB grew up in the area and was “at home,” which meant we had an experience that was unique. Each person we met greeted him with warmth and affection which extended to us. JB was not an outsider and therefore neither were we. JB’s personal relationship with these men and women, his own deep knowledge of wine and viniculture, and his passion for wines of theLoire were central to this exceptional experience. JB was also very organized and professional. Prior to and during the tour JB’s communication (and English skills) were excellent. He was a skilled driver and we traveled in a comfortable vehicle which made our trip relaxing. He made sure to include rest stops and was always attentive to our comfort. We had so much fun! We learned a lot about wine production, made new friends, and felt this was our best wine tour experiences, ever .

Wine Enthusiast Tour

Gregory S

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