Les Crayeres, in Reims, has been named Wine List of the Year in the prestigious World of Fine Wine Best Wine Lists of the World Competition 2022.
Regarded by many as the finest restaurant in Champagne, Les Crayeres taking the top prize also means it is the first time a French restaurant has done so in the history of The World of Fine Wine competition since it was inaugurated nine years ago in 2014.
Owned by the Gardinier Family, Les Crayeres is also a hotel with an expansive park. The Reims restaurant was also named World’s Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine List 2022.
Les Crayeres is the first French restaurant to win Wine List of the Year since the competition began in 2014
At the awards presentation in London, Neil Beckett, Editor of The World of Fine Wine and Chairman of the World’s Best Wine Lists’ judging panel, acknowledged it had not been an easy year for restaurants anywhere in the world.
“We are all acutely conscious that it has been another desperately difficult year for the hospitality industry. Covid restrictions have gradually been lifting, but staff shortages and spiralling costs continue to make for a very harsh environment. Our hearts go out to all those in the sector who have struggled and who are still suffering.
“In another year that has seen so many more sad losses, it is all the more inspiring and uplifting to find how many establishments of all kinds have managed to adapt and to survive, and whose wine offerings – representing so much accumulated experience, expertise, promise, pleasure, and value – should help them, and all of us, look forward to better times.”
Editor of The World of Fine Wine & Chairman of World’s Best Wine Lists’ judging panel Neil Beckett
Les Crayeres actually has two wine lists, a Carte des Vins and a Carte des Champagnes.
The restaurant has five sommeliers:
Chef Sommelier Martin JEAN
Assistant Chef Sommelier Nicolas GRELIER
Sommelier Emma BASTIDE
Sommelier Konrad FERRIEUX
Commis Sommelier Theo DAL FARRA
Les Crayeres Chef Sommelier Martin JEAN
CRAZY, KILLER SELECTION
Here is a personal selection of some CRAZY, KILLER wines from Les Crayeres Carte des Champagnes.
Pol Roger Réserve half-bottle €45
Laurent Fresnet Brut Grand Cru €70
Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut €100
Krug Grande Cuvée magnum €790
Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale Blanc de Blancs €90
Delamotte Blanc de Blancs 2014 €130
Ployez-Jacquemart Blanc de Blancs 2008 €140
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque 2007 €290
Alain Thiénot 2004 €110
Deutz “Amour de Deutz” Blanc de Blancs 2010 €210
Duval Leroy “Authentis” Le Clos des Bouveries 2005 €130
Laurent Perrier 2002 magnum €280
Alfred Gratien 2000 €170
Boizel Joyau de France 2000 €170
Drappier Grande Sendrée 2010 €150
G.H. Mumm & Cie Cuvée R. Lalou 1999 €290
Salon “S” Blanc de Blancs 1999 €1250
Lanson Noble Cuvée 1988 €220
Laurent Perrier Grand Siècle Itération €240
Bollinger RD Jeroboam 3 litres 1995 €2000
Louis Roederer Cristal Vinothèque 1995 €1990
Philipponnat Clos des Goisses 1991 €380
Dom Pérignon 1993 €420
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame 1990 €430