In this section we will take you around some of our favourite shops in the region.
In Reims, situated at the front of the famous cathedral Notre Dame (to the right), at 7 Place du Cardinal Luçon is a fantastic shop called Cave des Sacres. Whilst it is possible to buy champagnes from the larger houses and sumptuous prestige cuvées from their own Œnothèque which dates back to 1899, its specialism really lies in the vast range of grower-producer wines from all across Champagne.
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All the main regions are represented as a walk around this climate-controlled shop is akin to taking a miniature tour of Champagne. All wines are regularly tasted by the owner to ensure they are still performing well and staff will happily offer up to date advice as well as being able to match your shopping to your particular tastes in English or Italian if your French isn’t quite up to it.
A really great idea is that you can buy a specially selected mixed case with a bottle from six individual Récoltants with themes relating to terroirs, grape variety, dosage and region.
We particularly like the “curiosities” section which includes organic cuvées, lieux-dits and single vineyard wines, forgotten grape varieties and even champagnes born from vines planted pre-phylloxera.
This shop is ideal for anyone who is in Reims but does not have the time or opportunity to travel out into the villages to find some of the excellent Récoltants. We always make a point of stopping in Reims just to visit the shop on our way through to our base, either in Épernay or elsewhere in the region.
Due to the ever changing and large quantity of stock you will not find a price list on their website. However, champagnes are competitively priced and a good number of the regions premier Récoltants are represented.
Some highlights for us from our most recent visit being Egly-Ouriet, Janisson-Baradon, Agrapart, Tarlant, Gosset-Brabant, Paul Déthune, Françoise Bedel, Chartogne-Taillet, Pascal Doquet, Aubry, Dehours, Grongnet and Gaston Chiquet.
Whatever your taste in champagne, preferences in assemblages or villages, rest assured with over 700 cuvées to choose from, you will always find plenty to whet your appetite.
What’s more, there is free parking close to the shop so you do not have to walk too far with all those heavy bottles or alternatively, if staying in Reims and buying 6 or more bottles; why not take advantage of the free delivery service to your hotel?