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A weekend visit to Chablis...

By Alicja, also posted in News on

ChablisAt the end of September, Alicja Barnes (Retail Administrator), Toby Dillaway (Manager of Adnams' Southwold store) and Lee Newstead (Manager of Adnams’ Holkham store) were treated to a mini tour of the Champagne and Chablis regions of northern France by one of Adnams’ long-standing suppliers, Julian Baker. To visit a wine region is the best way to truly understand an area, its viticulture and just as importantly, the people who make the wine. Alicja continues: We got to Folkstone and met up with Julian Baker and his brother Hamish and after a four-hour delay were finally on the Channel Tunnel over to Calais. We then drove down to Champagne and had a delightful visit to Champagne producer H. Blin (maker of our own Adnams Selection Champagne) conducted by Daniel Falala, Director. Due to the delay on the crossing, we arrived there at about 6pm so the tour was quick to enable us to dine with Daniel in Reims that evening (a late dinner!) where all manner of delicious French delicacies were consumed, followed by, of course, a crème brûlèe! The next day we travelled down to Chablis where we were met with fond welcomes by the Brocard family. Our party then split in to two - some went to help pick grapes. and others toured the grounds and had a thoroughly educational morning followed by a scrummy harvesters’ lunch. The afternoon was spent walking the vineyards in Chablis and enjoying the sunshine. The Adnams team stayed in the Domaine’s gîte just a few miles down the road from the Brocard estate and we enjoyed a wholesome home-cooked meal (if not by us!) after a few games of (non-competitive, ahem) boules accompanied by a champagne apéritif and plentiful supply of Chablis with the meal. We even managed to catch the England v Wales rugby game. Sunday came too soon and it was time to pack up the Champagne and eat the croissants before the long drive home. You can view pictures taken by Alicja and the Adnams team on Flickr.   Alicja photos: Adnams trip to Chablis