All the Champagne Duménil team wish you a year full of hapiness !
The weather is getting warmer… it is high time to dust off the barbecues! Let’s enjoy grilled meat, strawberry pies etc. … with our Champagne Rosé Vieilles Vignes Duménil.
In Sacy, situated between Reims and Epernay, Champagne Duménil does not only harvest grapes but also beautiful purple crocuses which are used to produce saffron. Come and admire the magical but ephemeral blooming of the saffron crocuses. You can even participate in the picking and the pruning of the pistils. Discover the cultivation of saffron and its virtues, its history, its legends … and taste the saffron shrimps, roast with a saffron mustard, honey with saffron … Have a pleasant time with Frédérique and Hugues Poret-Duménil who will share with you their knowledge and their passion for this legendary flower in all simplicity and conviviality. Come and visit us at the saffron field in Sacy!
Let’s go for the harvest 2019.
Some pictures with a good and courageous team !
The Château de Sacy provides an exceptional view of Reims and its vineyard. After a restoration and even a reconstruction, which lasted more than a year, the Château réopens its doors. The Château will offer exceptional suites and a restaurant with local products. It is a veritable jewel in the middle of the vineyards. Nevertheless, it is very close to everything you need, less than 3 kilometers from the motorway and the TGV station and only fifteen minutes from the historic center of the city of Reims.
Tasting & Appreciation
The art of serving Champagne
- Step one: tilt the bottle slightly, bear in mind to point the bottle safely away from yourself or any other person; then untwist the metal loop to loosen the wire cage
- Step two: remove the wire cage and foil wrapping while keeping a firm grip on the cork
- Step three: while holding on to the cork firmly, gently rotate the bottle (NOT the cork) with your other hand so the cork comes sliding – not popping – out.
June is the time for trellising: separating the shoots and stapling them to wires. This prevents the leaves from crowding each other, allowing maximum light penetration and also encouraging air circulation that prevents rot.
Trellising is essential for Champagne vines since high-density planting significantly increases trellising is manual labour.
Small flowers are appearing in the vineyards… if the weather conditions remain favorable, the full flowers could develop soon and in that way announce the date of the next harvest.