Champagne Dinner

If there’s something to celebrate, what’s better than a bottle of fine French Champagne? And we’ll be getting through quite a few at our Champagne dinner on Saturday 13 July.

We’re partnering with that renowned house Moet and Chandon for this special evening which comes as Moet celebrates 150 years of Moet Imperial. In 1869 Moet and Chandon chose to create a brut non-vintage Champagne called Brut Imperial, now known as Moet Imperial, to pay tribute to the long-standing friendship between Napoleon Bonaparte and Jean-Remy Moet, grandson of the House’s founder.

Our wonderful Sommelier Lionel Lachasseigne is looking forward to exploring the rich history of Champagne with our guests. “I remember the first time I had Champagne, it was my confirmation.  It wasn’t something we could afford to have very often so this was very special.

“I have been very lucky to visit the region several times.  The town of Epernay is an amazing sight to see, miles and miles of vines and most of the famous Champagne Houses right in front of your eyes. It is the very heart of France.”

Moet and Chandon vines stretch over 1,150 hectares of rich chalk soil, allowing the Houses to select only the very best grapes from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, to give their Champagnes a distinctive rich taste.

The story goes that the idea of spraying Champagne to celebrate a victory started as a trend at the end of the 24-hour Le Mans race in 1967 when the winner Dan Gurney decided to use the Jeroboam of Champagne he was given, the equivalent of four bottles, as a firehose.

Moet Dinner

We could well be celebrating a fine Wimbledon victory on 13 July, with Roger Federer, who coincidentally is partnered with Moet and Chandon, going for his 21st Grand Slam, if he gets to the final due to be played that day.

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By car:

Whether approaching Wivenhoe House from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road, then right again into Park Road. The entrance for Wivenhoe House is shared with the University of Essex but Park Road leads you through Wivenhoe Park and you will be able to see the glorious house from the road.

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By train:

Colchester station, Colchester Town station, Wivenhoe station and Hythe stations are all between 10-15 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester station every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe & Harwich. Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations.

By plane:

Stansted airport is approximately 45 minutes from Wivenhoe House by car. Helicopter pad coordinates are 603200/223900.