Feel-good moments with Eric Lévêque on a jaunt through his vineyards by vintage Volkswagen.
In the pretty little village of Marcilly in the heart of the Vallée de la Marne, local-born Eric Lévêque leads the family firm that was established in 1887, meaning that five generations have now devoted themselves to these vines. Together with his wife Nadine, Eric welcomes guests into their pretty flower-filled winegrow-ers’ house that has been awarded a ‘Pierre Cheval’ prize by the UNESCO World Heritage listed Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne.
Eric’s passion and respect for the history, details and values of his estate shine through when he shows peo-ple around – not least in the very personal touch he adds by taking guests around the estate in a nine-person 1960s Volkswagen campervan, to show families or friends the different grape varieties he grows alongside the Marne, from Ubac to Adret.
You’ll immerse yourself all the better in the beauty of these champagne landscapes by stopping off at a con-temporary lodge to learn all about the geology of this region and of these lands. Eric’s promise as he shares the secrets of his estate is to take you far away from the cares of everyday life – and he succeeds.
Happiness is a champagne mood
Vincent Cespedes, philosopher