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Wine Shops

Will be in Paris in 3 weeks. Do folks have recommendations as to specific shops that have good varietals and prices? We invariably buy 2-3 bottles and bring them back with us

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1. Re: Wine Shops

Le Repaire de Bacchus, especially the one on the rue Moufftarde. They have cases of inexpensive bottles of wine out on the street, 3- 4 euros, and then the cost works upwards inside. http://www.lerepairedebacchus.com/


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The only place I know that has varietals is the Monop' / Monoprix supermarket chain. They are around 4 €.

Varietal wine = vin de cépage

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A varietal is a wine made of one specific grape - ie: cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, merlot, etc... Which is the way wine is labeled in the US. The OP, may need a quick lesson about French wine to understand that wine is not normally labeled and sold that way in France.

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More and more vintners are labeling the cepage, sometimes single grape and often more. On a simplistic level, it is not difficult to learn the various regions and the grape they grow.

Here is a start: http://www.terroir-france.com/wine/grapes.htm

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Nicolas has them too, I couldn't remember the name of their "collection" of varietals, now I remember: Grains de Cépage.

Gamay: www.nicolas.com/index.php/fr/18_17_8193.htm

Cabernet-Sauvignon: www.nicolas.com/index.php/fr/18_17_3784.htm


As for the Monop, the bottle labels have a large, colorful circle, a different color for each grape.

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Parisbymouth.com will give you a good list by arrondisement....

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@NYCHH, thanks so much for the Parisbymouth.com link!!!

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I live in Paris and use to buy wines from :

- Lavinia, a wine shop with a huge selection of wines from all over the world, in Madeleine area,

- Nicolas (a store chain very easy to find everywhere in Paris) for common wines or Champagne,

- Vins & Millesimes (www.vinsetmillesimes.com), an online shop with very well priced mature vintage wines from Bordeaux and Burgundy.

I also use to go to Ochateau, near to Louvre, when I want to drink a glass. They have about 30 wines served by glass !

Have a good journey in Paris !

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Most of the ordinary wines now have the grape variety printed big on the label, even bigger than the terroir.

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<<The OP, may need a quick lesson about French wine to understand that wine is not normally labeled and sold that way in France.>>

We are seeing more varietal labeling of French wines in the US, but that is *usually* an indication that the wine is produced for import into the US market. To me (with but a very few exceptions), it a warning flag.

As pointed out, doing a study on the French wine producing Regions, the Sub-regions, the Villages and even some of the vineyards, will go very long way to helping one get a handle on French wine. IMHO, every minute spent learning, will pay dividends later.