Brörmanns in Champagne Day Three

The Vranken Pommery Estate

The Vranken Pommery Estate

On our way back to the Netherlands, we planned for one more day trip – to Reims located in the heart of the Champagne region of France. After a big brunch, we packed up the car and headed north. Arriving at the Vranken Pommery Estate was a bit like arriving at Disneyland. I love the Neo-Elizabethean architecture and the powder blue buildings!

The tour was really great – I definitely would recommend visiting if you’re in Reims. The story of Madame Pommery is inspiring. In 1860 her husband passed away and she took control of the champagne house and turned it into what we know today! Can you imagine being a widowed mother of 2 in the late 1800s growing and managing the Pommery Estate?!

After our tour and champagne tasting, Koen’s sisters headed home, while Koen and I explored the city and had dinner with his parents in the city center.

Vranken Pommery Estate

Vranken Pommery Estate

 

Closeup

Closeup

 

Protective headgear

Protective headgear

 

Headed down into the cellar

Heading down into the cellar

 

Koen and me in the cellar

Koen and me in the cellar

 

One more!

One more!

 

Baskets to carry the bottles

Baskets to carry the bottles throughout the estate

 

Dook and Els

Dook and Els

 

Playing with the projector

Virtuose Champenois A Sox Pupitre

 

Sediment

Sediment

 

Champagne

Champagne

 

Storing the champagne

Storing the champagne

 

All of the big bottles!

All of the big bottles!

 

Every size offered by Pommery

Every size offered by Pommery

 

The Berne hall - every new market entered is celebrated with a new hall

The Berne hall – every new market entered is celebrated with a new hall

 

Louise Pommery

Louise Pommery

 

Museum of champagne - we were told the bottle from 1874 is still drinkable but will taste more like cognac than the champagne we know today

Museum of champagne – we were told the bottle from 1874 is still drinkable but will taste more like cognac than the champagne we know today

 

Cheers! Pommery champagne tasting!

Cheers! Pommery champagne tasting!

 

Downtown Reims

Downtown Reims

 

Downtown Reims

Downtown Reims

 

Downtown Reims

Downtown Reims

 

The back of the famous Cathedral of Reims - our view from the café

The back of the famous Cathedral of Reims – our view from the café

 

Place d'Erlon

Place d’Erlon

 

Couldn't resist treats for on the road!

Couldn’t resist treats from Waida at the Place d’Erlon for on the road!

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