Visiting the house of J de Telmont champagne

Nov 08, 10 Visiting the house of J de Telmont champagne

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I had to choose between taking a 7am flight from Heathrow or catching the 6:55 am Eurostar. No brainer. Why would anyone want to go to Heathrow when you can jump on the Eurostar and be in Paris in 2 hours?  Not to mention, skipping the hassle and expense of getting to Heathrow. Did I mention that you also get a lovely Continental breakfast on the train, fresh croissants, real coffee, actual cutlery AND glasswear? Ahh, a throwback to the way air travel used to be (but on a train). I have to go to Portugal next month. Anyone know if Eurostar goes there? Anyway, I was hurtling through the English and French countryside on my way to Champagne via Paris. I’d been invited the Champagne Bureau to their Ambassador’s Dinner but first there was a visit to a lesser known champagne producer, the J. de Telmont house to have a visit and tasting. The champagne house of J. De Telmont in the village of Damery close to the town of Epernay. J. de Telmont was founded in 1912 by Henry Lhopital and until the late 1990’s relied solely on it’s private client base to sell it’s wines. In 1997, the decision was taken to become a bit more mainstream and the house opened up to the outside world, even becoming one of the very first champagnes offered by Majestic wines. Majestic was one of de Telmont’s  first overseas customers and you can still find their champagnes in their shops. The house is still run by the same family and the fourth generation, Bertrand Lhopital is the current Managing Director. On arriving we had a buffet of canapes to keep us occupied while we tasted through the house’s non-vintage and brut reserve wines. De Telmont specialize in blanc de blanc which is most unusual for the Valle de Marne, where they are situated, as blanc de blanc is not usually made in this part of Champagne. Their non-vintage blanc de blanc was crisp and...

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