Unlike large production commercial Champagne, it can be hard to find special Champagnes or nice grower Champagnes in a regular grocery store or even in a typical corner wine shop (though you may very well find a gem, this being Paris)…
If you’re in Paris and looking to pick up a special bottle of bubbly, here are our three favorite independent wine shops in Paris. All of the shops highlighted below carry a wide selection of Champagne.
If you aren’t set on browsing the aisles and talking to the shop owner and prefer to shop around at some of the best online wine shops in France for a wider selection or just to sanity check and compare prices, we’ve also included a few of our favorite online shops below.
Retail Champagne shops in Paris:
22 Avenue Victor Hugo, 75116 Paris
Created in 1999, Lavinia is a reference wine shop in Paris for wine connoisseurs. The concept of Lavinia is to reshape the traditional approach of wine merchants and wine distribution, by highlighting the wine culture and offering the experience for customers. Formerly located in the center of Paris, Lavinia closed its flagship store in Paris Madeleine facing the impact of COVID-19.
In June 2021, the new store welcomed its grand opening at Avenue Victor Hugo, one of the most “chic” neighborhoods in Paris, close to the Arc de Triomphe. Modern and sleek in style, with sections divided by region, the store is very customer-friendly. Moreover, the team of Lavinia always provide professional advice with their expertise for customers.
With more than 6,500 labels from hundreds of producers of wine, champagne and spirits in its portfolio, Lavinia offers a great selection of Champagne. Like other prestigious, historical wine shops in Paris, it presents well-known champagne houses like Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, and luxury champagne labels such as Krug, Louis Roederer Cristal on its shelves. Alongside the big champagne houses, Lavinia has a wide selection of champagne coming from renowned independent growers.
More than 30 family champagne growers from Montagne de Reims, to Valle de la Marne, the growers champagne labels bring the distinctive character of the terroir of each champagne village. Whether you fancy a champagne made by the biodynamic approach or a bottle of grand cru champagne from Avize, you won’t be disappointed in Lavinia.
22 Rue de Savoie, 75006 Paris
Tasting and buying champagne in a cellar built in the 17th century? Yes! Dilettantes is a 100% champagne wine cellar which offers over 130 champagne labels. Situated at the heart of Saint-Germain district on the left bank of Seine, Dilettantes is dedicated to presenting the “Champagne of Terroir” to all champagne lovers.
The modern decoration and display in a historical cellar and professional advisors create a perfect experience for customers. The champagnes are stored at cellar temperature, or in wine cooler fridges so that the customers can buy the chilled bottles directly and enjoy them without waiting! Moreover, every bottle of champagne is accompanied by a manual which contains the information of production, the specificity of it, and the guide of tasting and serving. In order to promote the lesser-known champagne regions and producers, Dilettantes hosts tasting events and workshops on a regular basis. During the opening hours, customers can have by glass champagne tasting at the store of three different bottles at a reasonable price.
Carefully selected from 25 champagne growers with distinctive styles and personalities, the selection of Dilettantes is composed of high-quality, small production, artisanal champagnes which are true to the terroir. Most of the products cannot be found in the wine cellar of big department stores or wine shop chains. That is what makes Dilettantes unique and authentic.
80 Avenue Paul Doumer, 75116 Paris
LovelyBubbly is an American dream of champagne in Paris. Originally from New York, the founder and owner of LovelyBubbly Mary Beth was fascinated by champagne and French wine culture. Having a “coup de coeur” (French: “a blow to the heart”) of champagne growers and their creations, she dove herself into the diversity of champagne and founded the wine shop LovelyBubbly at the chic district of Passy, enjoying the romantic view of Eiffel Tower on the other side of Seine.
With a portfolio of 19 champagne growers, LovelyBubbly only works with growers who take care of their own vineyards and vinify their own grapes. It provides traceability of the champagne, from the vine to the glass. The connection of the growers and the terroir is what matters to LovelyBubbly, which is why the growers selected are mostly family estate and practice a sensible approach to agriculture.
The pursuit of terroir and authenticity does not shut the door for champagne lovers who know little about the winemking or champagne regions. The concept of LovelyBubbly is professional and accessible to everyone who enjoys a good glass of champagne. Accompanied by the cozy ambiance and professional guidance of the owner, champagne lovers can discover the universe of growers champagne, taste and buy champagnes with true identities and souls.
Online Champagne Shops in France:
1. Plus de bulles
Founded in 2007 by two passionate champenois, Plus de bulles is a champagne-only online wine retailer in France. With an incredible selection of more than 1,000 labels of champagne, Plus de bulles offers champagnes from famous houses as well as high-quality grower champagnes.
Having a team full of experts in wine and champagne, Plus de bulles not only selects the good bottles for the customers but also provides detailed information about the producer, description of the wine, technical sheets, critics reviews and the serving suggestions on each product page. In collaboration with Patrick Borras, one of the most prestigious sommeliers in France, the editor’s pick of Plus de bulles is worth exploring for more experienced champagne lovers.
Clean and organized, the website is user-friendly. Plus de bulles delivers to France and the whole Europe, with temperature-controlled courier. Plus de bulles is rewarded by Gault & Millau, the renowned French gastronomy guide, as the Best Champagne Wineshop.
2. La Champagnerie
La Champagnerie is the online store of the Reims-based champagne merchant La Cave Colbert. Located in the heart of Champagne regions, La champagnerie has the advantage of being the link between champagne producers and customers. The superb selection of La champagnerie consists of all kinds of champagnes, from big champagne houses like Veuve Clicquot, to luxury champagne like Dom Perignon and Krug, and the cult and rare champagnes like Armand de Brignac and Salon. It also provides a selection from more than 50 champagne growers, specialize in organic and biodynamic producers, with excellent growers like Marguet and Benoit Lahaye.
The site is well-organized, with subsections divided by types of producers (champagne house, champagne grower, organic producer) and by types of champagnes (brut, blanc des blancs etc.) , which is easy to secure the bottles you are searching for.
La champagnerie is aim to bringing the champagnes with “winery price” for customers worldwide. It offers worldwide shipping and on-site pickup service in Reims and in Paris. For champagne lovers all over the world, this is an online merchant you don’t want to miss.
3. Envie de Champagne
With a beautiful selection of more than 1,200 champagnes, Envie de Champagne has been a champagne specialist online since 2004. Offering the most internationally and locally recognized champagne producers, Envie de Champagne covers not only the commercial champagne brands, the cult champagnes, but also the top-tier champagne growers, and grower-like champagne houses like Jacquesson and Soutiran.
The site is organized by brand, type, vintage, format and price, with an additional section of organic champagne. Distinct from normal online retailers, Envie de Champagne has a nice selection of vintage champagnes and special formats in stock. For customers who have difficulties finding champagne of a certain vintage, or need a Jeroboam for a special occasion, the problem is solved by Envie de Champagne.
Envie de Champagne offers delivery in France and in Europe, with the option of next-day delivery in metropolitan France.