Wine cellar, gourmet grocery story, a wine-tasting bar, a salon... So many ideal spaces in which to share our passion for wine.
To cross the threshold of Caves Legrand is to immerse yourself in the history of gourmet Paris. Five generations of Legrand wine-sellers and grocers created an exceptional house, a delicious Parisian institution. Today we treasure this spirit and share our passion for wine and its culture with wine lovers the world over.
By the end of the nineteenth Century, spices were all the rage in Paris. In 1880, François Beaugé opened a grocery store on the rue de la Banque, a thriving corner of the city. A treasure trove of the new globalism, customers flocked to buy his East India Company products: cinnamon, cardamom, curries, Assam teas and Malabar coffee, as well as a selection of wines he bottled on site.
The fine grocery store had gained an excellent reputation by the time it was taken over by two brothers, Pierre and Alexandre Legrand. From their backroom the family sold freshly roasted coffee as well as alcohols and quality groceries. Wines were bought in bulk from the Parisian neighbourhood of Bercy, which at the time still held the wine monopoly, and then bottled on site with the distinctive label of ‘bottled on site by the wine merchant-grocer.'
Pierre's eldest son Lucien took over the business in 1945, with the same passion for wine as his father. A free-spirited visionary, Lucien took his belief in the terroir to truly create the trade of the wine merchant. He was the first to scour the vineyards searching for "excellent every day wines”. He propelled the wines and vineyards he grew to love into influential glasses through the tastings he organised in his the shop. In this way, he discovered Rousseau and Dauvissat in Burgundy, the Trévallon estate in Bouches-du-Rhône and Sélosse in Champagne.
He became renowned throughout Paris for his charisma and charm and Legrand became a hive of activity. Caves Legrand was not only a portal to the vineyards of France, but an ideal meeting place for artists, journalists and financiers to meet up for a private gossip over a glass - all were welcome.
His daughter Francine continued in her father's footsteps from 1984. A great taster, she became known for the finesse of her palate and the precision of her choices which propelled her to new and exalted discoveries of her own: Grange des Pères in Languedoc as well as Tertre-Roteboeuf in Saint-Emilion. She continued to value the best estates and to develop the sales of wines bottled on-site at their châteaux.
Since 2000, Gérard Sibourd-Baudry took over with the aim of ensuring the Legrand spirit lives on: providing all wine lovers with the very best of selections, an entry point to a world of passion and culture. His vision is to also seek out and promote other wine regions of France and to confirm Legrand expertise abroad. Now more than ever, our cellar is open to the world.
Today we still scour the vineyards in search of the new, talented winemakers of tomorrow. We showcase 350 vineyards; the work of passionate men and women who create the Legrand selection of over 3000 unique wines. To navigate through our world of passion and culture, our cellar team is on hand to consult and advise you on the best choice for your needs.
More than a wine boutique, Legrand is home to a way of life, a place to meet and share this passion and culture of wine. Legrand is home to a wine school for all levels of experience, we host a myriad of different tastings as well as curated vineyard tours. Our Comptoir de Dégustation and our delicatessen of hand-crafted excellence completes the package; forming a single, delicious, gourmet experience in the heart of Paris.