Stay at les Avisés
Picture it: you’re wandering the vineyards, glass of Grand Cru in your hand. Your 19th-century neoclassical manon house is bathed in late-afternoon light. You realise very few people get to experience Champagne like this. Champagne may have a reputation for the grand and the opulent, but the very best of it is quietly found in small, boutique hotels like Les Avises. Selosse is one of the best small growers in the Champagne region and owner of this neo-classical mansion, which may be tiny in size, but is big on attentive serviceSelosse’s dedication to his craft is obvious as soon as you open the Champagne list in the hotel’s famed restaurant; scores of the best names in Champagne are waiting to be imbibed before you head upstairs for a restful sleep.
The hotel is nestled deep in the Cote de Blancs, famous for its Grand Cru villages, bright white rocks that make some of the region’s best Champagne and tiny settlements. A bucolic location accessed by a 50 minute drive from Reims.
Ten of them fill the house. Each is elegantly designed of course, designed to cocoon you once you’ve had your fill of wine and food in the restaurant downstairs. You’ll notice a touch of Champagne colour throughout the interiors, in case you forget whereabouts in the world you are.
Who is it for
Thanks to its size, Les Avises lends itself to private trips. You could take your family, your friends or coworkers and have the run of the house. If it’s just you and a loved one however, expect to rub shoulders with foodies and Champagne lovers who come for the hotel’s superb restaurant and to rest after a long day’s wine tasting in the nearby vineyards.
Facilities & activities
The restaurant is the star here. A dining room that seats just 20 guests, expect to dine on locally sourced food, expertly executed by chefs formerly of Anne-Sophie Pic’s restaurant. The Champagne list is as long and deep as you would expect. Note that the family Jacques Selosse Champagne is so rare that only two bottles a day can be opened in the restaurant.