Springtime in the Champagne region of France means a brief respite from the work of pruning and a little more time in the schedule to take visitors on a tour. We Socks took advantage of this rare opportunity to visit the Domi Moreau vineyard.
The Domi Moreau vineyard is a family-owned operation. Nathalie Moreau – our hostess on the tour – married into the Moreau family. The “Domi” name is her mother-in-law’s maiden name.
All of the work is performed by the Moreau family and seasonal help during harvest season. The Moreau family owns six arpents of land – scattered throughout the area – so they live in town and travel to their vineyards to work.
The Moreau family lives in the small town of Mancy about twenty minutes south of Epernay. This is also where the grapes are processed on antique machines or by hand, unlike the big Champagne corporations.
These bottles are stored upside down to coax the sediment into the necks so that it can be removed by hand after the bottle is uncorked on this weird machine.
We were treated to a demonstration, and we can assure you it takes a quick hand and keen eye to remove the sediment without removing a lot of the fizz and wine.
Then it was time for the best part – the tasting! Domi Moreau produces three Champagnes: Blanc de blancs (Chardonnay), Argent (Blend), and Rosé (Blend).
These wines had that perfect balance of sweet and tart, and – in the humble opinion of a pair of Socks – can rival (even surpass) any of the big names.
We purchased one bottle of each variety, then headed to Epernay for a light, yet tasty lunch of salad, potatoes, and – of course – Champagne.
Six acres of vineyards is a lot for that family. To keep the weeds down and all the pruning, than the harvesting… You had a lovely anniversary trip and this is very special.
Makes one appreciate that bottle of Champagne even more.
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You always go to the best places! The countryside there is gorgeous! Interesting that the vintners live apart from their vinyards. It looks very arid there, do they rely on rainfall or do they irrigate? I love to drink champagne with peach nectar and sugared rims. Yum. We always serve this with brunch. Beautiful photos. Your socks are lucky! xx
Stacy Lyn said:
It is kind of arid, Karen, but they do not irrigate. Nathalie tells me that the water runs downhill and the loamy soil holds moisture. Pretty neat, actually. Makes for a nice glass of Champagne a year down the line! ❤