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May 29, 2004

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Alder

I first read about this store in Wine Spectator and have wanted to go for a long time. Last time I was in Paris I didn't make it, but I will not miss it next time. It is beautiful.

Jim Kargeannes

We visited the store in July 2006. It is large, well organized and offers both a broad and a deep selection of wines from around the world. If you’re going to the store to buy wine, check out their web page first. The selection can be overwhelming. I came away with several impressions (and a couple of bottles). The majority of French wines in the middle to high end are available in the US for the same price or less: 2001 Vieux Ch Certan - 120 euros ($80 here), 2005 Daumas Gassac blanc 29 euros ($29 here) 2002 Ch. Grillet 65 euros ($75 here). I blamed it on 19.6% VAT (TVA?) which is not refundable on wine upon leaving the EU. I also noticed that wines from the US were twice what they cost in America - recent Ridge Monte Bellos were 190 euros, a Saintsbury Carneros Pinot Noir was 40+ euros.
What was exciting were the low priced, lesser known (to me) wines from France that they carried. These observation held in the Nicolas store down the street and in the wine departments of Le Bon Marché and Galeries Lafayette.
We walked upstairs to the wine bar, but it was toward the end of the day and it appeared as if they were closing up. Distilled spirits are kept upstairs next to the wine bar. My great finds here were a grappa from Ch. Grillet and a plum brandy from Ch. Mouton Rothschild. Completely unexpected items. They also had what looked like a good selection of brandies, cognacs, armagnacs and calvados.

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