After visiting Champagne Pommery (recap here), it was time to head to the French countryside to visit a smaller champagne producer. Our second stop was at Champagne Bernard Pertois with Tasty Side to Life Tours. On the way from the city of Reims, we picked up our translator/guide, Renaud and arrived at Champagne Bernard Petrois about 20 mins later. On the drive we took in beautiful views of rolling hills and adorable villages.
We were warmly greeted by one of the owners, Reynaud. We could tell right off the bat he was passionate about making champagne and a hard worker. This champagne producer has been around for 10 generations- yes 10! We were lucky enough to be able to meet the patriarch of the family- Bernard and take a photo with him prior to our tour beginning. How cool!? The vineyards cover 15 hectars and is founded in tradition.
Reynaud walked us through their champagne making process and took us down to the cellars where the aging process takes place. Antique tools used by previous generations were still on display alongside the current machinery which we loved. For a smaller champagne producer, Bernard Pertois sure had a ton of champagne bottles aging in their cellar! We were very impressed. Last stop on our production tour was the bottle room where we learned how Bernard Pertois is able to bottle there orders without the large capacity machinery found in larger champagne houses.
After visiting the cellars, we headed to the tasting room to enjoy some various types of champagne products at Bernard Pertois. We tried 3 types of champagnes, the Traditional Brut (pale and floral flavor), Brut Cuvée de Réserve (subtle noses, rich Chardonnay flavor) and the Brut Cuvée Prestige (stronger aromas, crisp and complex flavors). The champagnes come in various sized bottles, including a HUGE one that I lucky enough to take a photo with.
My Mom and I were sad when our time ended, but enjoyed a beautiful drive back to Reims to catch our train back to Paris. Our driver, Pascal, pulled over on the top of a large hill just in time for us to catch a fiery sunset.
If you find yourself near Paris, you HAVE to head to the Champagne region for some delicious bubbly, knowledge and spectacular views. I cannot recommend Tasty Side to Life Tours enough. My Mother and I had so much fun and cannot thank them enough for the wonderful experience.
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here, recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame, Paris’ Love Lock Bridge- here, The beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle – here , Champagne Pommery with Tastyside to Life Tours- here, Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur- here and Paris and the Eiffel Tower at Night- here.
***This post was written in collaboration with Tasty Side to Life Tours. As always all opinions and ideas are my own.