On Monday 8 July 2019 the Tour de France cycle race sprints up the famous Avenue de Champagne in Epernay (51 Marne, Grand Est) to finish Stage 3 of the race before the finish in Rue de Coteaux ( about 17.30). The following day the race starts in Reims (51 Marne, Grand Est) and heads for Nancy (54 Meurthe et Moselle, Grand Est)
The Avenue de Champagne extends for nearly one kilometre, lined on both sides by magnificent private dwellings lovingly constructed over many centuries by the Champagne Houses. Some were originally built as a Head Office, others as the private home of the proprietor. All of them reflect an architectural style that celebrates the brand in particular and Champagne in general.
You can stay in one of these mansions, owned by Champagne Leclerc-Briant – B&B Le 25Bis.
The Avenue de Champagne is now a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed under the heading Champagne hillsides, Houses and Cellars.
The late 17 th Century marked the construction of magnificent cellars, which by the end of the 18th Century made this avenue the address of choice for pioneering Epernay Champagne producers. The arrival of the railway then brought a boom in business that fostered a taste for architecture on a monumental scale. The avenue became home to grandiose properties of every style that were constantly rebuilt as successive wars and fires took their toll. Famous residents of the avenue include such great names in Champagne as Moët & Chandon, Perrier-Jouët, Boizel, de Venoge, Vranken, Pol Roger, Mercier and G.H. Martel. see (maisons-champagne.com)