Place of sighthounds in History till on caps of Champagne wines

What can be the best link between History, Heritage, heraldry, city who french kings were crown, Champagne region and champagne wine ? Evident : sighthounds dogs breeds !

PLACE OF SIGHTHOUNDS IN HISTORY AND STORY OF SIGHTHOUNDS IN CHAMPAGNE REGION

Sighthound, “lévrier” and the female in french “levrette”, a royal dog, elegant, bubbly and  above all present over the siecles, witness and partner, fellow of kings and aristocrats. (Those dogs are in the group number 10 who classify dogs breeds).

The sighthounds are shown in Art on differents materials : paintings, frescoes, statues, potteries, tapestries, change, dishes, vases, and are loyal figure  on coat of arms for nobles families or villages and cities.

Greyhound or whippet also there, fellow after the death, like this one on the tombstone wanted by Anne de Bretagne for her parents, François II and Marguerite de Foix. Anne de Bretagne one of those personnalities who played a big part to the passion in France the sighthounds.

Xavier Przezdziecki’s great book, is a bible about the place of sighthounds in History « Le destin des lévriers » (translation : “sighthounds destiny”), book printed by Edica’s editions.

The sources are extremely varied and  spread during siecles. It’s the subjet of varied collections on the account of Champagne Damien-Buffet on Pinterest :

All of it till the official opening of the royal collection of champagne’s caps in tribute to those dogs breeds on bottles caps of champagnes of Damien-Buffet house. They’ll like that preside at the start of sparkling of those wines of celebrations, party, feasts, all around the world. It’s the place who seems to be there place, showing them at the best place : around family, events of life and happiness.

TRIBUTE TO SIGHTHOUNDS IN CHAMPAGNE

The theme about the place of sighthounds in History has been chosen by Champagne Damien-Buffet House, as a tribute to those breeds of special dogs. It became self-evident :

Reims, city of coronation of 35 french kings, situated at 8 kms of our winery in Sacy. The cultural heritage of the city shows some sighthounds on tapestries, and some can be seen on the renovated pediment of the cathedral. They were there in front of this cathedral and historical monuments during kings coronations.

Some whippets or greyhounds are also included more well known tapestries than those of Palais du Tau in Reims, like the 6 taspestries of « La Dame à la Licorne » at Cluny’s museum.

or in Bayeux the tapestry named la « Reine Mathilde » or the « Grand-Britain conquest» by Guillaume the Conqueror.

List of 126 coat of arms of villages in France shown geographically, showing a sighthound (greyhound, whippet) who are named “lévrier” or “levrette” for the female in french. The sighthound is in heraldry the symbol of loyalty.

Many families from aristocracy in Europ included also a sighthound in their coat of arms. But for them, sorry it’s impossible, even if it’ll be interesting to see it near the villages’ coat of arms and known like that if some regions, some historical periods or facts are part of the decision of this choice of symbol.

COLLECTION OF CHAMPAGNE CAPS WITH SIGHTHOUNDS

Champagne Damien-Buffet’s House has now 12 classy and elegants ambassadors, 9 whippets, 2 galgos and 1 greyhound. A royal collection numbered from 1 to 12 for the 12 differents dogs and on the reverse of the caps the name of the dogs, the breed, the country they come from. All of them are with the wire cage on each bottle, of all the cuvees of champagnes premier cru (except for LElixir who is a limited edition).

Those sighthounds ambassadors has been chosen by drawing lot after a photos contest who 5 countries took part of it (France, Switzerland, UK, Czech Republic, USA) in Autumn 2016.

It’s the time of an annual cycle of the vineyard, from the change of the look of the bottles, beginning of wine tourism animations, after renovation of the farm of the family for work and welcome, shop spaces, , changing for a responsive design bilingual website, with blog and social medias profiles and content. All of it  rewarded by the french quality certification label Vineyard and Discoveries.

Since the official opening of  the royal collection of champagnes’ caps of 12 whippets, greyhound or galgos, you can now buy all the bottles and cuvees of champagnes DAMIEN-BUFFET’s House who have them all (excep l’Elixir, limited to 250 bottles by year), and collect the caps bottle after bottle with the discovering of which dog ambassador is on the top of each bottle of champagne, or you can buy directly the caps collection if you are collector, or if you would like it as a gift for someone who is collector or like the dogs.

OFFICIAL OPENING CELEBRATION OF THE SIGHTHOUNDS CAPS COLLECTION

The official opening of the cuvees of champagnes DAMIEN-BUFFET, with those breeds on the caps on top of the bottles with the wire cage, and the reward of the winners of the photos contest, who was done in autumn 2016, were part of the  central programme of the 2017 occasion of the global Champagne Day (click here to see the photos album)

NB : Champagne Day, it’s the third Friday each october all around the world. The beginning was in USA like a pre-diner shared through social medias with photos or videos of the tasting of champagne. The Champagne region organize his 8 occasion in Aube and in  Sacy with Champagne Damien-Buffet’s House since 2016.

Charles Palmer and his family, guests of honor for Champagne Day in Sacy on 20/10/2017, winemakers of english sparkling wines in Sussex, Charles Palmer Vineyards, through the story of their family coat of arms who it has a greyhound on it and the sharing of their wines, drawed a parallel with the tasting of cuvees of champagnes Damien-Buffet. All of it contributed to the open-mindedness like that sighthounds give us the example with their character joyfull and sociable.
It’s crossing the spirit of Mission and actions of « Hillsides, Houses and Cellard of Champagne » who organize some reconciliations stays. Champagne region, for this file, entered in the list of World Heritage since the 4/7/2015. Reims, Unesco’s city and each of all the 320 villages in Champagne region are involved in wine tourism and for doing better in Champagne AOC area .

The association Soligalgos is very active, to save and rescue some galgos in Spain, and in add during historical médieval reconstruction (fêtes johanniques in Reims, and also during the celebration of Jeanne d’Arc in Orléans, and for the event around ducales de Guise). Those actions are exactly in the thematic de of the place of sighthounds dogs in History.

The President, Muriel Douheret, accepted to participate to Champagne Day in Sacy (journée mondiale du Champagne in french), with around ten members costumed, with galgos dogs. It’ helped to show the story of those breeds and the respect we have to have to those dogs.

WALK WITH THE DOGS LOVERS AND CHAMPAGNE LOVERS, BETWEEN SACY’S VINEYARD AND THE FOREST OF NATURAL REGIONAL PARK OF MONTAGNE-DE-REIMS

The first pleasant walk was on the terroir of Sacy on 21/10/2017, the day after Champagne Day. The walkers, hikers and families with dogs discovered the natural and beautiful view between vines of Sacy and the forest of Natural Regional Park of Montagne-de-Reims.

All people were happy of this moment between nature and tasting, from the vineyard to the wine, quiet walk with family, or friends, with the doggies. Why stop there, the plan of the circle for the walk who is an hour long or a bit more is possible and done by everybody.

NB : click to see the photos album of this first walk between dogs lovers and champagne lovers in Sacy

For all who’ll be interested in this kind of walk, animation, contact Champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET by phone or mail, your need and question will be carefully considered. For example if you would like to organize a walk or a tour in nature around Sacy, or come to taste the wines during a journey or a morning, or  if would prefer some things for adults and some for children at our winery and around, all of it shall be possible but we need some details and dates to organize all for the best.

Véronique, Henry DAMIEN and their children
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Discovering Champagne AOC and Champagne sparkling wines from Champagne Damien-Buffet’s House

DISCOVER OUR FAMILY BUSINESS, CHAMPAGNE DAMIEN-BUFFET’S HOUSE : VISITS AND TASTINGS OF CHAMPAGNE FIRST CRU, WINES SELLING, WINE TOURISM, ANIMATIONS IN OUR VILLAGE OF SACY :

  • Champagne Damien-Buffet, cellar and welcome 12 Châtillon’s street, 51500 Sacy, France, at 8 kms from Reims, a few minutes from train station TGV Reims-Bezannes, at 20 kms from Epernay and in the heart of Naturel Régional Park of Montagne de Reims. Wine growers and wine makers, producers of wines from Champagne, we elaborate a range of wines from Champagne first cru under label “champagnes de vignerons” and some ratafia de Champagne (wine without bubbles for pre diner). Come to discover or buying direct cellar producer. (NB : Hillsides, Houses and Cellars from Champagne are listed on UNESCO World Heritage since july 4, 2015. The RNP of Montagne de Reims is classified exceptionnal forest). Phone : +33 (0)3 26 05 98 17 Cellular phone : +33 (0)6 08 93 66 87

WELCOME AND WINES DIRECT SELLING FROM PRODUCER :

Welcome at DAMIEN-BUFFET’s Champagne House and cellar all year :

  • MIDDLE SEASON (15 march, april, september) each day from 10h30 to 12h30 and from 14h30 to 17h30 each day (for national holidays or special days in middle of week, it’ll have some cellar doors opening or animations, look at the blog to know it n details)
  • SUMMER SEASON (july to middle of August) each day and for Saturday and Sunday from 10h30 to 18h00
  • AUTUMN AND WINTER SEASON (october, november, december, january, february, till March 15) : look at the blog to know the animations and special opening for ex for global Champagne Day (each third Friday of october who we celebrate champagne all around the world, share it through social medias and celebrate or organize an event at Champagne Damien-Buffet’s House cellar and in our vineyard and village, the theme change each year

The concept : to propose an original, welcoming and comfortable place to discover and taste our wines from Champagne, and, at the same time, to learn more about the how to do it, our culture and knowledges of Champagne region and wines.

Champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET’s House is a family business company. So one or differents members of the family will be there to welcome you and animate the space. We are allways pleased to welcome visitors or wine tourists, hikers, with family or friends on the Champagne road, or coming there with your dogs to discover our special corks caps collection of 12 sighthounds ambassadors on our champagnes wines.

You’ll be welcome in the warm atmosphere of our cellar, our private space, or in our courtyard during spring and summer season, or outside for certains wine tourism animations.

3 WAYS TO DISCOVER AND UNDERSTAND OUR CHAMPAGNE’S UNIVERSE :

Discover the House of champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET, our family business, passed on from parents to children since many centuries, who knew how to keep, from generations to generations, the expertise, know how, and add to it new skills, the company and the vineyard farming/cultivation being in perpetual evolution.

Between authenticity and diversity, we propose to let you discover 5 Champagne Wines from our range with differents distinctives colours, sensations :

  • Commented tasting of 5 Champagne wines : 10,00 € per visitor
  • Commented visit of cellar and working space, then the tasting : 20€ per visitor (booked a RDV)
  • Educationnal visit of the vines and vineyard, visit of cellar and working space, commented tasting of 5 Champagne wines : 20€ par personne (booked a RDV)

Tasting price offered, if you buy 6 bottles of 75 cl per person (so 10€ less per person for a card board o wines bought)

Direct selling from producer :

You’ll benefit from our advices, after the commented visit you’ll feel your preferences during the tasting and you’ll be able to shop some accessories and corks caps collections at our small shop at the welcome space

PAY ATTENTION To respect the french law, the tastings are exclusively for adults (more than 18 years old). The alcohol abuse is dangerous for the health, drink responsively.

WINE TOURISM : GROUPS WELCOMING, THEMES ANIMATIONS, SPECIFICAL NEED

Groups welcoming, with visits, tastings of Champagne wines, meal or picnic, pairing between food and champagne, for a journey or a middle journey are between our wine tourism. The activities for groups are only organized after booking date and number of persons and been paid.

Others animations : picnics, hikers and tourists trail between vineyard and forest of regional natural park of Montagne-de-Reims, animations with themes (chocolat and champagne…) : for it, contact us or look at the news on our blog or social medias pages who we publish all year long what we are doing, working in cellar or in vineyard, special animations and so on.

For all specifical needs : need to privatised a room or cellar for company tasting, visits, tastings, prices, booking or other if you need some, contact us. We’ll find how to reply to your need and find together a solution with great pleasure.

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Destination Sacy village classify 1st cru for visits and tastings at champagne Damien-Buffet’s house

IMMERSION DANS L’UNIVERS DE NOTRE EXPLOITATION : TROIS VISITES ET DÉGUSTATIONS PREMIER CRU, À SACY, ORGANISÉES ET ANIMÉES PAR NOTRE MAISON DE CHAMPAGNE DAMIEN-BUFFET :

* Visites sur réservation recommandée

VISITE 1 – CURIOSITÉ :

Présentation, incluant la dégustation de 30 à 60 minutes, suivant la formule choisie. 4 formules sont proposées accompagnées chacune de quelques gourmandises. 1 champagne = 1 flûte.

Découvrez la Maison de champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET, notre propriété familiale, transmise depuis plusieurs siècles, qui a su, de générations en générations, conserver le savoir-faire, tout en s’alliant aux techniques nouvelles, l’exploitation connaissant une évolution constante.

  • Accueil au cellier DAMIEN-BUFFET
  • Immersion de 30 à 60 minutes suivant la formule choisie (cellier)
  • Dégustation d’un champagne Brut Tradition 5,00 € par visiteur
  • Dégustation de 2 champagnes de la gamme 10,00 € par visiteur : Le Brut Tradition + le Brut Blanc de Noirs ou le Brut Rosé
  • Dégustation de 3 champagnes de la gamme 15,00 € par visiteur : Le Brut Tradition + le Blanc de Noirs + le Brut Blanc de Blancs
  • Dégustation de 4 champagnes de la gamme réservée au plus de 18 ans 17,50 € par visiteur: Le Brut Tradition + le Blanc de Noirs + le Blanc de Blancs + le Brut Rosé
  • Dégustation du Ratafia de Champagne 3,00 € par visiteur

* Pour tout autre choix dans une formule, majoration par personne et par qualité de 5,00 € par visiteur. Et ATTENTION, en France la vente d’alcool étant interdite aux personnes mineures, ils ne pourront déguster de champagne ou ratafia.

* Possibilité d’achat de champagne

Visite offerte pour tout achat de 6 bouteilles par visiteur

Visite 2 – DÉCOUVERTE, 20,00 € par visiteur

Parcours de visite de 2 heures incluant la dégustation de 4 cuvées et Ratafia de champagne agrémentée par quelques gourmandises.

Découvrez la Maison de champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET, découvrez notre exploitation, son terroir et climat, ses cépages, ses techniques de vinification et l’assemblage de ses cuvées, appréhendez son savoir-faire, savourez les fruits d’une transmission de plusieurs siècles.

  • Accueil au cellier DAMIEN-BUFFET
  • Immersion de 2 heures (cellier, cuverie, caves)
  • Dégustation de 4 champagnes de la gamme réservée au plus de 18 ans : Le Brut Tradition + le Blanc de Noirs + le Blanc de Blancs + le Brut Rosé

* Possibilité d’achat de champagne

Visite offerte pour tout achat de 12 bouteilles pour 2 visiteurs

Visite 3 – PASSIONNÉMENT  35,00 € par visiteur

Parcours de visite de 3 heures incluant la dégustation de 4 cuvées et Ratafia de champagne, accompagnée de quelques gourmandises.

Découvrez la Maison de Champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET de la vigne au vin. L’exploitation, l’AOC Champagne, le terroir de Sacy, randonnée guidée sur quelques parcelles, découverte des cépages et du travail de la vigne, les techniques et les coulisses de l’élaboration du champagne. Appréhendez et savourez 4 de ses cuvées et son Ratafia.

  • Accueil au cellier DAMIEN-BUFFET
  • Immersion de 3 heures (cellier, visite pédestre dans les vignes, cuverie, caves)
  • Dégustation de 4 cuvées la gamme de champagne + Ratafia

* Possibilité d’achat de champagne

*Sur réservation uniquement (suivant les intempéries, visite en extérieur selon l’appréciation du guide).

Pour toute demande spécifique (visites, dégustations, tarifs, réservation contactez nous, nous vous répondrons avec plaisir et vous accueillerons chaleureusement :

Champagne DAMIEN-BUFFET 12, rue de Châtillon 51500 SACY (près de Reims)

Téléphone : +33 (0)6.08.93.66.87 / (0)6.30.63.58.80 / (0)6.64.89.23.62

Email : [email protected]

Henri DAMIEN

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