A wine cellar, gourmet grocery store, a bistro, a tasting bar — visit Legrand's many ideal spaces in which to share our passion for wine.
To step through the doors of Caves Legrand is to immerse yourself in the history of gourmet Paris. Five generations of Legrand wine-sellers and grocers have created a truly iconic destination for fans of great food and wine. After all this time, Legrand is still a place to 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 Rue de la Banque, a thriving corner of the city. A treasure trove of foods from around the world, customers were lining up to buy his East India Company products: cinnamon, cardamom, curries, Assam teas and Malabar coffee, as well as a selection of wines.
His fine foods boutique had gained an excellent reputation by the time it was taken over by two brothers, Pierre and Alexandre Legrand. The family stocked freshly-roasted coffee, alcohol and quality groceries at the back of the shop. They purchased wines by the barrel from the Parisian neighbourhood of Bercy, which still held a monopoly on wholesale wine at the time, then bottled it on-site and sold it at the shop, proudly bearing the label "bottled on-site by our wine merchant/grocer."
Pierre's eldest son Lucien, having the same passion for wine as his father, took over the business in 1945. A free-spirited visionary, Lucien created the trade of "wine merchant" through his interest in high quality regional wines. He was the first to scour the vineyards, searching for "excellent everyday wines". The tastings that he organized in his shop put his favourite wines and vineyards into the spotlight - his discoveries include 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 showcase to the vineyards of France, it was also an ideal meeting place for artists, journalists and bankers could catch up on the latest gossip over a glass of wine - 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.
Nowadays, we still travel from vineyard to vineyard, in search of the new and talented winemakers of tomorrow. We showcase 370 winemakers -passionate men and women whose creations make up the more than 3000 unique wines in Legrand's collection. Our cellar team is on hand to provide advice and recommendations, and to help you find the best wine for any occasion.