The basement is where you will find the french wines. Staff is helpul and fluent in foreign languages. They also hold wine degustations in the store sometimes, for wine(s) they select. The french wine in the basement are listed by wine region. And the choice is amazing, even if of course, limitative compared with reality. They also have the new generation of vintners. On the side of the basement , there is a special room for "Vins Fragiles", a tightly air-regulated room, where humidity and temperature ( 14 ° C) recreate the cellar conditions for the wine. This large "cellar" has a lot of different bottles, some are very prestigious, some are fragile wines vinified and bottled without the stabilizing sulfite, and needing very careful storage .
The wine bar is very well lit by large windows. It is maybe a little cold and severe for a wine bar, and lacks ambiance and patina. Maybe this is because it is so modern and sleek.
So, our choice was :
B. took a glass of "tout en bulles", from the Domaine Gramenon, a "vin de table" from the Cotes du Rhone region, a sparkling white made with the "methode ancestrale". Price of the glass was Euro 4.5.
I took a Bourgueuil "Les Perrieres" , an organic red by Pierre and Catherine Breton , with which I had already a wonderful time (with a different millesime ). Good. But the magic moment that I experiened when I first tasted a Pierre et Catherine Breton wine eludes me. It was another year, and it had probably stayed just the right amount of years in B. cellar (it was one of her bottles). The glass was priced 7 Euro. Sorry, I took the picture with little of the wine left in the glasses...