Today our cruise on the Burgundy Canal is from Ravieres to Ancy-le-Franc.
Following a morning drive into Champagne to inspect the vines at a Les Riceys vineyard, we moved on to the Alexandre Bonnet winery for a demonstration of the making of Champagnes by Ervine, the future wine maker of the winery. Included was a sampling of fine Alexandre Bonnet Champagnes.
A Champagne aperitif and multicourse gourmet lunch was hosted by the vivacious Baroness Segolene and her husband Baron Charles de Taisne in the vaulted 13th century kitchen of their chateau. Their rehab of the family chateau with its thousand-year history is a long-term project with much to be done, but they are already hosting events and weddings in the renovated rooms.
Most of the group opted to walk off their filling lunch with a walk ahead of the barge to a couple of locks down the canal.
Story and photos courtesy of Dennis Cox