Friday, 8 May 2009


We often take the 28 bus from our apartment along Avenue du Maine, round the ugly Tour Montparnasse, along the boulevard to Duroc, then past the children's hospital Necker to Place de Breteuil. From here two wide tree-lined street with large grass promenades running down the middle stretch out; Avenue Breteuil pictured here, heads towards Invalides where you can find Napoleon's tomb, while the other, Avenue de Saxe runs to the Ecole Militaire and provides a spectacular view of the Eiffel tower. This is a beautiful part of Paris although it is quiet and very residential.
Each time we take the bus we notice this champagne store and say to ourselves that we must stop one day and look. Well finally we did.

It is the office for a small champagne house that specializes in supplying restaurants and bistros however they do sell to anyone who happens to wander in like us. It is a father and son team who make a small amount of champagne at Damery in the Marne. We chatted, with the son who was working that day about champagne and bought two bottles of their Cuvée Prestige 1999, a bottle of their Rosé Brut, and a bottle of their everyday Grand Reserve champagne, an everyday champagne to drink even if we don't have a special event to celebrate. So far we have only drunk the two Cuvée Prestige. The first after news of my Beard win and the second one with Mark Bittman, a fellow Beard winner, who is in Paris at the moment. We toasted our wins and decided to plan an event where we could actually where our medals!!!!(Anyone else wanting to wear their medal is invited).
The Rosé is slated for consumption tonight with my Paris friends. There is something special about discovering a small producer so proud of his product and luckily for us he is only a bus ride away.

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