Champagne and Cognac. Krug and Hennessy. Two proud histories. Two brilliant patriarchs. French grapes and a French heritage is what they share, and France is where you will soon meet both. Two couples will live in a world of private tours and tastings, the finest dining and most luxurious accommodations in their travels to Reims, Cognac, and then to Paris for a Michelin Three-starred night with a special Krug and Hennessy experience.
The beloved American writer and humorist Mark Twain once claimed that “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Whether he meant the region, or the drink is hardly at issue with this lot. Yes, for four nights, four traveling companions will explore Champagne, Cognac and Paris, sipping bubbly as they go, and toasting to their good health and happiness.
Two nights at the Relais & Châteaux L’Assiette Champenoise is the perfect start to your bon voyage and it will be at the Michelin Three-starred restaurant, L’Assiette Champenoise, where you will experience a special “Journey in the Krug Universe” private tasting in the fascinating company of one of the key spokespeople of the House.
Private tastings and tours are priceless, and you will also appreciate the benefits of having a key spokesperson of the House to yourselves as you tour the recently renovated Krug private Family House, as well as the House vineyards, Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay. Regularly lauded by critics, Clos du Mesnil is a pure Chardonnay from a single vineyard plot. The rarest of Krug Champagnes, Clos d’Ambonnay is the Pinot Noir equivalent of Clos du Mesnil, a single grape variety expression from a single plot.
In addition to receiving these two magnificent Champagnes in your home, both from the 2000 vintage, you will also receive Krug’s first two creations of the year: the exquisite Krug Grande Cuvée 156th Edition and Krug 2000. Krug Grande Cuvée is the raison-d’être of the House: the dream of the founder Joseph Krug, and the fullest expression of Champagne re-created every year. You’ll receive the exceptionally rare 156th Edition of Krug Grande Cuvée, a blend of 118 wines born between 1990 and 2000. Enjoy it alongside Krug’s 2000 vintage, nicknamed “Stormy Indulgence” to capture the story of the tumultuous year 2000 in Champagne.
From the House of Krug to the House of Hennessy! A First Class train ride will take you from Reims to Cognac on the country’s western coast, just north of Bordeaux. Like Champagne, brandy has to be made in this particular region to be called Cognac.
From vine to bottle, Cognac is the epilogue of a three-part story that takes place in Cognac and nowhere else: selection, aging and finally blending. To ensure the excellence and variety of its aromas, Hennessy exclusively selects the best grapes from the four Grand Cru regions of the AOC (Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies and Fins Bois). After double distillation in copper stills, the eaux-de-vie are aged in casks made of French oak. Lastly comes the art of selecting and blending, which the Master Blender’s have perfected over eight generations. This craftsmanship throughout time has come to define the House’s identity and vision.
Built in 1810 on the banks of the Charente, Château de Bagnolet is one of the most magnificent estates in the region. Home of the Hennessy Family since 1841, it is where you will stay while in Cognac and where you will enjoy a private tour and private gala dinner specially prepared by Bagnolet’s executive chef David Fransoret and his team, including a tasting of Hennessy Paradis Impérial, “the jewel of the Hennessy Rare Cognac Collection.”
Your schedule will be the best kind of busy: a private visit to the Founder’s Cellar, built by Richard Hennessy in 1774; to the Paradis Cellar located on the Charente riverbank, where the oldest and most precious eaux-de-vie are stored; to the Hennessy distillery and a tasting of new Eaux-De-Vie from the current harvest, and a private tasting of some of the oldest eaux-de-vie with a key spokesperson of the Maison.
You’ll take home two bottles of Richard Hennessy, Hennessy’s rarest expression amongst the Rare Cognac Collection. A tribute to founder Richard Hennessy, these numbered mouth-blown Baccarat crystal decanters embody Hennessy’s incredible savoir-faire, transmitted over 250 years by eight generations of Hennessy’s Master Blenders, the Fillioux Family. This unique blend is all the more rare as it contains some eaux-de-vie that are the last ones of their kind, dating back to the beginning of the 19th century.
Your last night will be spent in Paris and it will be grand. An art-deco landmark built in 1928, Hotel George V is nestled in the Golden Triangle of Paris, just off the historic Champs-Élysées, where your oversized Suite will welcome you with an Eiffel Tower view. And the best part—a special Krug and Hennessy experience awaits you at a superb Michelin Three-starred restaurant in the stunning City of Light.
If you adore Champagne and Cognac—the drinks and the destinations—raise your paddle.
Airfare to France is not included. First Class train tickets from Paris or nearby airport to Reims, Reims to Cognac and Cognac to Paris are included. All ground transportation between the train stations, properties and stated activities are included. Visit to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates at least six (6) months in advance. Not available to be scheduled during French holidays, weekends or the month of August.
Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne, in partnership with Hennessy Cognac