Chateau Thierry and Champagne !!!

Ok this one is another update but with a couple of photos. I admit if it wasn’t for collegues from work I would never be here. This area is considered AOC for Champagne but never even past by here on my own.

What are friends for, right?  I took a ride over to Chateau Thierry with collegues from work, part of a meeting, we did had time to see a wonderful Champagne house that  I like to share with my readers.

I started my journey from Vannes on TGV train passing by Le Mans, and onwards to Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy(Disneyland), there we rented an Avis car to take on the A4 autoroute to Chateau Thierry.  The return was in reverse only this time we passed by Rennes onwards to Vannes.

There ,I stayed overnight in the wonderful Best Western Ile de France, I will stay here again in future trip. It has beautiful views over the Champagne vineyards ,and fully loaded even with a Spa service. webpage:

ch-thierry from hotel ile de france

The highlight of the stayed was a visit to Champagne Pannier, fully open and tastings just for us, after 18H with dinner underneath the cellars amongst the old bottles. We try the whole palate from extra brut to demi sec. A wonderful place, great welcome, nice friendly chat and tour, and delicious Champagne ,to say the same of the great food. The place can welcome visitors in French,English,and German languages and the facilities are magnificent. A recommended place to visit and a find for me, we shall return: webpage:



A bit of history I like

The area is known since  the 5C with the Gaulles then Thierry IV at the 8C, then Counts of Blois and Champagne to arrive at our times.  Jean de la Fontaine the great story teller was born here in 1621.  Here you are in the river Marne country, beautiful and close to where my wife was born.

It takes a turn from the department of the Marne 51 and Seine et Marne 77 to be in the deparment 02 of the Aisne  in the old region of Picardie, now Hauts de France. The town takes the name from the merovigian king Thierry IV who had a castle here so Chateau Thierry is the name of the town today.

Château-Thierry  was of the key points of battles in WWI specially in 1918 between the American forces and the Germans around the bornes of Vauthier, that marked with stones the lines of the battles in WWI.  It again serves for battles in WWII  specially around 1940. The bridge of  Château-Thierry was defended by the men of the Aspirant de Rougé, and the new bridge bears his name. Charles-Armand de Rougé (« vicomte de Rougé»), fell in combat here on June 10, 1940.

The city of Château Thierry and its heritage in French:

Les Portes de la Champagne (the gates to Champagne) tourist office on Château Thierry

J’aime l’Aisne tourist site on the Aisne dept 02 on things to see in English:

Now you know, there is good Champagne here too and very nice welcome. The area is very nice on architecture and history that I criss cross a lot especially north of the department. Hope you enjoy the post !

And remember, happy travels,good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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