Since today is my birthday, I thought it only appropriate to write about my favorite experience in Champagne :)
Champagne is my prefered drink for nearly every occasion, so when our AirBnB host suggested we go for a glass of champagne on the grounds of the five star hotel Les Crayères, we did not hesitate :) Les Crayères is behind the Pommery estate, but a world away from its mass commercial enterprise atmosphere.
If you want to stay on the property, rooms start at around $400 USD, and meals at the main restaurant by a MOF chef, start at about $200 per person, not including beverages. If you want to enjoy the space without taking out a loan, there is a garden cafe with a set menu beginning at around $40, or you can enjoy the veranda views with glasses of remarkable champagne beginning at about $30 per glass.
The view of the veranda in the back is as stately as the entrance.
Some of the views from the veranda.
The foot paths throughout the property invite strolling.
You can see the hotel from the far end of the domaine.
They grow their own herbs and vegetables on the property.
I chose a Laurent Perrier Rosé and my friend the vintage Tattinger for about $70 USD.
Parmesan crisps and fine jambon were complimentary accompaniments.
Vineyards surround the property, a reminder that there is no substitute for terroir :)