Monday, June 21, 2010

Paris Day 3: Chateau O Champagne Cruise

When planning for Paris, a wine tasting seemed to be in order. As we searched, we came across rave reviews for tastings with Chateau O. They offer several styles of tastings, from longer more extensive wine tastings, to tours, to chocolate tastings. We had planned on taking a Seine cruise on the Bateau-Mouches so when we saw Chateau O offered a cruise with private champagne tasting we were sold! The boat departed from just behind the Eiffel Tower which was easily walkable from our hotel. We arrived at the docks and kicked off the evening with a glass of rose at their bar. Yes even the boat docks have bars and cafes.
The boat arrived around 6:30. The weather threatened rain, but the overcast skies were a welcome reprieve from the hot weather of earlier in the day. As we boarded with the other couples we were delighted to find we would be hosted in a private cabin with exclusive access to the bow of the ship. So not only did we get to sample champagne, but we were not crammed into our seats with all of the other tourists who frequent these tours. With 4 other couples we tasted 4 extraordinary champagnes as we made our way down the Seine past the Ile Saint-Louis and back to the Eiffel Tower. This was a perfect way to see the city. Our sommelier was knowledgeable about the champagnes, and the city but was careful not to interrupt the tranquility and romance of the cruise itself. I certainly plan to try other outings with Chateau O when I return to Paris.

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