Leading Champagne Maisons Launch Rare Harvest Weekend Experience
Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon maisons are opening their doors for an unprecedented champagne lovers experience during the harvest period this autumn
Lead image: The Moet & Chandon vineyards
Clos19, which offers exceptional experiences from the champagnes, wines and spirits world of LVMH, is offering unprecedented access at both Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon champagne maisons this autumn.
Usually, around harvest time in September, all wine and champagne maisons are on total lock down, but both Veuve Clicquot and Moët & Chandon maisons are opening their doors for the first time for a one-of-a-kind Harvest Celebration Weekend experience.
This unique annual Clos19 rendez-vous will occur for just two days each year around the harvest season with selected maisons from across the Clos19 portfolio. Numbers will be strictly limited, but a few lucky guests will enjoy the legendary hospitality of these world-renowned maisons while experiencing, first-hand, a day in the life of the champenoise around harvest-time.
You’ll learn about how the grapes are harvested and, depending on the weather and harvest dates, join those at work among the vines to pick the grapes, visit the pressing rooms and cellars of the historic maisons, and learn the secrets of this magical time of year.
The weekend experience begins with a cocktail evening, light bites and Ruinart pairings with members of the Ruinart Champagne winemaking team at the newly renovated Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, where you’ll stay for two nights.
Learn how the grapes are harvested and join those at work among the vines to learn the secrets of this magical time of year
In the morning, you’ll be transferred to Veuve Clicquot vineyards and the Manoir de Verzy to follow the journey from handpicking the grapes all the way to the pressing rooms, before enjoying a relaxed lunch paired with Veuve Clicquot vintages from across the last 20 years.
After lunch, you’ll end your time at Veuve Clicquot with a tour and a tasting in the Veuve Clicquot Maison cellars, a UNESCO world heritage site since 2015.
The day culminates with a reception in the French garden of Moët & Chandon’s Orangery, commissioned by the founder of Moët & Chandon’s grandson Jean-Remy Moët and designed in 1805. During the reception, you’ll be taken in small groups for private tours of the cellars followed by a celebratory dinner in the Orangery with a menu curated by Moët & Chandon’s talented Executive Chef Marco Fadiga.
The Harvest Celebration Weekend takes place from 14-16 September 2018. Prices start from £3,400pp (based on double room occupancy). To book see clos19.com