Welcome to our blog with the best plans to discover Epernay and its Champagne region, including Maison de Champagne Boizel!
Here you will find the best activities to add to your tour programme for a successful stay in Champagne, but also the best places for a champagne tasting, where to sleep and where to eat.
What you will love is that we only share our favourite places with you, tested and approved by myself and my husband, Romain.
Today, I’m going to help you discover a wine cellar that Romain and I love. You’ll see, it’s for good reason that Maison de Champagne Boizel appears in our top of the most beautiful cellars to visit in Epernay.
And for this visit, I invite you to enter the heart of the Boizel Champagne House, a family house founded in 1834!
The charm of this wine cellar is that it is located in the heart of the Avenue de Champagne, Epernay, and I must admit that this is a little extra that makes the difference.
For us, visiting a wine cellar is one of the must-do of a stay in Champagne, and the Boizel Champagne House is one of those not to be missed for a tour and tasting.
I’ll give you a taste of what awaits you behind the doors of this family-run house, but above all, what will make you want to plan your visit as soon as possible.
Champagne House Boizel
This is the story of a house founded in 1834 by the Boizel family, and I open the chapter that the sixth generation is writing with passion.
So that you can discover the world of champagne and dive into the heart of the Boizel Champagne House, three tours are available: the Essential, the Millesime and the Joyau de France.
All three tours offer the same programme, the only variation being the champagnes to be tasted during your tasting at the end of the tour:
- Essentiel: two champagnes including the Brut Réserve and a Rosé or a Blanc de Blancs
- Millésime: two champagnes including the Brut Réserve and the Grand Vintage 2012
- Joyau de France: two champagnes including the Joyau de France 2004 and the Joyau de France Rosé 2007
Even before you enter the doors of the Boizel Champagne House, you are immediately plunged into history with two vintage cars formerly used for wine deliveries.
And they are not just exhibits, because if they were the vehicles used to deliver bottles of champagne, they are still in perfect working order!
As a bonus, you can even park next to these two beautiful cars and right in front of Boizel’s front doors, a parking spot to remember. I don’t know about you, but I think it’s great to park on the Avenue de Champagne, the one that hides its treasure of more than 200 million sparkling bottles and is also called the most expensive avenue in the world.
The journey begins in the company of your guide, with some explanations about the vineyards and the grape varieties used for the different blends used for the cuvées created for you by Maison de Champagne Boizel.
Chardonnay, Meunier or Pinot Noir reflect the Champagne terroir perfectly in Boizel Champagnes, and we loved the aromas of their champagnes.
And after this very interesting technical course, we discover the history of the Boizel family who built this champagne house thanks to unique know-how transmitted from generation to generation.
To start the visit, we find ourselves in the heart of the Maison Boizel with a view of a superb staircase and of the cellars located under our feet.
At this point, I really felt that I was in the middle of all the activity and history of this unique place, but I’ll let you live the experience and share your impression by commenting!
In order to better understand the world of champagne, the immersion is completed by the discovery of the flagship locations of this Champagne House in Epernay.
Plus, you can even park next to these two great cars and right in front of the Boizel entrance doors, which is a memorable parking spot. I don’t know about you, but I love parking on the Avenue de Champagne, the same avenue that holds its treasure with over 200 million sparkling bottles. No need to wonder why it is called the most expensive avenue in the world.
Indeed, this is the opportunity to get to the heart of the production process of Boizel champagnes for over 180 years.
From the vineyard to the ageing of the champagne, via the vinification and the blending of the wine grape variety, the visit is complete. It allows you to understand how the vines end up sparkling in your glass.
The tour begins with the wine cellar with its oak barrels and tuns, followed by the vat room with its huge stainless steel tanks, which is a must-see at least once.
Finally, we were able to immerse ourselves in the historic wine cellars, which are a Unesco World Heritage Site. This part of the tour is also an opportunity to learn about the work done in the vintage cellars, all pictured and very well explained by our tour guide.
Much more than historical places classified as world heritage, they are above all family treasures where traditions and know-how are perpetuated year after year to elaborate the best champagne wines.
And I can tell you that, like the rest of the Boizel Champagne House, these cellars are really beautiful.
The gourmets and the great lovers of champagne wines will be able to take advantage of the tasting workshops proposed, as well as of the shop where you can find your favourite Boizel wines.
My opinion on the visit of the Boizel cellars
We had the opportunity to visit the Boizel cellars on the eve of the harvest, which allowed us to discover the effervescence of a Champagne House, and we really enjoyed it.
I admit that it can feel like visiting a museum with an exhibition, but when you take a close look at the world of champagne, you find out what’s truly going on, and I can tell you that it’s moving.
We opted for the Joyau de France tour, and I might as well tell you that it was a good choice! We tasted two Boizel wines, the Joyau de France 2004 and the Joyau de France Rosé 2007, in two words: great and exceptional!
Joyau de France 2004
Joyau de France Rosé 2007
If you have sunshine like us on the day of your visit, you can even take advantage of the superb terrace to enjoy your bubbles in complete peace and with one of the most beautiful views of Epernay.
And if we enjoyed the champagne tasting, we also had a crush on the cellars where the bottles of champagne are displayed. You can even see some old wine vintages, including one dating from 1834, which is quite exceptional!
The little extra: the visits take place in groups of 12 people, which is perfect for making the most of the guide’s explanations and asking questions.
On request, it is also possible to book a private tour and tasting of the cellars and the Boizel Champagne House.
Tours are available in French or English and are accessible to people with reduced mobility.
It’s your turn to be part of the history of Champagne Boizel! Remember to book your visit and tour in the cellars to make sure you have room.
- Address: 46 Avenue de Champagne, 51200, Epernay, France
Did you enjoy visiting a Champagne House cellar in Epernay? Discover also our top 5 most beautiful cellars in Reims to feast your eyes and taste buds!
And to complete the picture, I advise you to visit a small local vineyard to discover the world of champagne in a different light.
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We look forward to seeing you soon over a glass of champagne in Epernay!
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