Sipping a flute of Champagne already has the rarefied air of luxury. Now a haute hotel in the heart of the region that made the wine famous is appealing to guests’ sense of indulgence and making their effervescent dreams come true.

Picnic with champagne in the French countryside.jpg
Enjoy a picnic in the French countryside © The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, a luxury hotel in the heart of the Champagne, now has the world’s first Champagne concierge on staff, a one-of-a-kind, only-in-the-world position held by Lise Legrand. She is a quintessential expert on France’s famous fizzy wines, creating spectacular experiences for guests regardless of expense or logistics. 

Woman smiling at the camera.jpg
Lisa Legrand - the hotel's Champagne concierge ©The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

“My role is to have an extensive working knowledge of all Champagne producers and their products and to create a bespoke itinerary for each guest according to what they like,” says Legrand. She emails guests before their arrival then holds a personal meeting with them after they check in to discover their favorite producers and styles; she also digs deeper to learn if they have a penchant for things like biodynamic wines, houses with storied history like Veuve Clicquot or more exclusive ones like Bollinger

Woman enjoying a glass of Champagne on a terrace.jpg
You can enjoy a glass of Champagne on the terrace of your suite ©The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Guests bubble over with excitement to do tours and tastings at some of the most renowned and celebrated Champagne producers; Legrand also organizes tours of the surrounding towns like Hautvillers, Epernay and Reims and coordinates private tastings with the hotel’s chef sommelier Daniel Pires. Some of the most unique experiences she’s arranged include a hot air balloon over the vineyards, a picnic inside them with food from the hotel’s Michelin-starred Le Royal restaurant, tasting at the private house Pol Roger and a tour of the Abbaye de Dom Pérignon. 

Man and woman tasting wine.jpg
Champagne-tasting at the hotel ©The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa

Born and raised in Champagne, Legrand has been immersed in bubbly since she was a child, participating in harvests for most of her life and learning to identify the sparkling wine’s subtle nuances. Since taking on her role as Champagne Concierge she has undergone extensive on-the-job training, from exploring the cellars of every Champagne house to studying the Biologique Recherche techniques at the property’s 16,000-square-foot luxury spa. “My goal is to educate not just on Champagne...but on Champagne the region, so that they leave...with a deeper understanding of this famous place.”

Explore related stories

vena cava4 - single use.jpg


Taste the terroir in these top wine caves around the world

Mar 2, 2020 • 4 min read