Special tasting days are regularly organized at Cave Augé (free of charge) like this one, with each time the best artisan winemakers in person (usually 8 to 10 vintners invited). The next tastings (11am to 7pm):
Beaujolais : march 24th 2007
Languedoc : April 28th 2007
Rhone : may 12th 2007
Loire : june 2nd 2007
Also : Les Champs de L'abbaye, by Isabelle Hasard, who makes deep, mineral Burgundy wines in the little-known AOC Bourgogne Côte du Couchois.
The "Cuvée Chapeau Melon" he holds on the picture is a Table Wine by Marc Pesnot, a long fermentation_9 months_ Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne grape variety) that he tasted in his estate in 2001 and that came out too late for the agreement. Price : 9 Euro.
Free tastings held on saturdays, plus occasionally some weekdays when a vigneron visits him (email alert for customers).
|Le Verre Volé (store and restaurant)
67 Rue de Lancry, 75010 Paris
Metro : Jacques Bonsergent (line 5)
Phone 01 48 03 17 34
|Le Verre Volé (store only),
38 Rue Oberkampf 75011 Paris
Metro Parmentier (line 3)
Phone 01 43 14 99 46
Serge mathieu's wine shop is just a few steps from the Boulevard Saint Germain. The bottles on the shelves all have the prices written down on them. All you have to do is make your choice among the 350 references (about 200 visible on the shelves) of natural wines from all the french regions (maybe a bit more from Burgundy and Rhone). A wine in particular ? an unfiltered Pineau D'Aunis (Table Wine) by Domaine du Bois Freslon in the Jasnières region at 8 Euro (back label states "no additives"_first time I read that black on white), or the only cuvée of a vigneron named Jean-Marie Berrux (who worked with Fred Cossard), a Chardonnay priced at 14 Euro.
Serge also has about 15 wines in magnums, from vintners like Dard & Ribo, Villemade, Lapierre, Foillard, Guy Breton and others...
Julien Aujeau and Claire Barbier opened this wine store in 2003 in the Marais near Republique. A selection of about 250 wines from the french regions, with maybe more from the Languedoc and the Rhone. His favorites ? Domaine Mon de Marie (Thierry Forestier) in the Gard, with 2 cuvées, a 100%-Aramon Table Wine at 5,5 Euro, and an old-vines Grenache at 11,6 euro. Also the Domaine de L'Oratoire Saint Martin Cotes du Rhone at 9,8 Euro, and Reserve des Seigneurs at 11,6 Euro. Or the Gourt de Mautens, Rasteau 2002 of Jerome Bressy at 27 Euro. He also likes in the Loire Vincent Ricard's Sauvignons (7,2 and 9,2 Euro) and his Cabernet Franc (8,9 Euro). In Bordeaux : Chateau Massereau (Chaigneau brothers) with their small plots on 3 Appellations, including the Bordeaux Superieur "Cuvée Tradition" at 8,4 Euro. Free tasting every other saturday.
Peggy Bouvattier and associates Laurent Le Moigne and Hervé Guillard opened this artisan-wine store in 2002 after a long preparation : they toured the french wine regions for 6 months in 2001, visiting many estates and meeting many vignerons, like 7 or 8 daily. They offer some 1000-1200 wines from all the french regions. A favorite ? Domaine Guillot-Broux, with the Macon-Cruzille (30 Euro) and the Macon-Villages (8 Euro). The Domaine de Gressac (Jean Michel Rieux) with his Vin de Pays du Gard red "Classic 2003". Also L'Erèbe a red from the Loire by Michel Augé. And an italian (they also have a few foreign wines) organicly-farmed Sangiovese Rosso Del Gello 2004.
Free tastings with visiting vignerons on saturdays (after 4pm). They also organise tasting courses. Open everyday (including sunday) 10am-9pm.
Guillaume Dubois opened La Muse Vin in november 2003, on Beaujolais Nouveau day. Some 250 wines on his natural-wines list, from all french region with maybe more from the Loire and Beaujolais (Jean Pierre Thevenet, Marcel Lapierre, Guy Breton, Descombes, Philippe Jambon among others). Favorites are also Claude Courtois in the Loire, and his son Julien Courtois with his Originel, his 100%, and his "Les Francs de Pied". Many others also, like Dard et Ribo, Thierry Allemand, Hirotake (who formerly worked at Thierry Allemand), Gerard Oustric of the Domaine Mazel. The Place is both a wine store and a restaurant. They hold free tastings from 11am on saturdays. When I dropped there recently, Guillaume and visiting friends (among them Pierre Jancou, Jeff Courtois) were tasting a few bottles, like a 80% Gamay- 15% Poulsard-5% Chardonnay Bugey-Cerdon by Raphael Bartucci, a very light (8°) Pet' Nat' (natural sparkling) wine "Methode Ancestrale" made in the Bugey region near the Jura and Switzerland. Strawberry aromas reminding me the candy I got when I was a child... Several bottles of Claude Courtois were also uncorked, it may explain the euphoria on the picture...
Taillevent is foremost known as being one of Paris' top tables, since the restaurant opened in 1946. But it also opened a wine-store arm in 1987, "Caves Taillevent", which is now a top address for wine lovers, with about 3000 wines, from the best Burgundies and Bordeaux to the artisan wines of the different french regions. Only some of the wines are on display, but you can browse the catalog, choose a wine and have it brought from the cellar. Maybe more intimidating than the other wine stores on this page because of its upscale clientèle, Taillevent offers not only the top classic wines but a very wide range of artisan wines. It also sells 20 wines with the Taillevent label (like the one on the picture), a selection made from the up-and-coming vignerons from the french wine regions (the labels show their names and location). There's a Caves Taillevent branch at Printemps Maison, with about 280 wines.
|Les Crus du Soleil|
146 rue du Chateau
Metro Pernety (line 13)
Phone : 01 45 39 78 99
|Les Crus du Soleil|
21 rue D'Aligre
Metro : Ledru Rollin (line 8)
Phone : 01 43 43 52 20
Serge Lacombe's accent hints at his southern France origin. This is the place to visit in Paris if you're looking for Languedoc AND Roussillon wines, as the 500 wines here all come exclusively from artisan producers of these two southern-France regions. He may have a couple of bottles to taste when you drop there and the back of the shop offers relaxing room for the occasional tasting. Both shops also sell about 20 different Languedoc/Roussillon wines in Bag-in-box. Recent new finds : a Cotes du Roussillon-Villages by Jean-Philippe padié in Calce, west of Perpignan. Another one, which happens to originate from the same area, is a Cotes du Roussillon-Village by Cyril Fahl of Le Clos Du Rouge Gorge in Latour-de-France.
The price range for the wines sold here go from a mere 3 Euro to 200 Euro.
Open tuesday through saturday.
If you're on a tight budget, there's a very cheap Chinese restaurant on the other side of the street (#57 rue Notre Dame de Lorette) with a "lunch special" at a mere 4 Euro...
The Caves Vaneau has also a nice list of magnum bottles plus about 20 well-selected wine bibs, I spot a bib from Jas D'Esclan, a Cru Classé from Provence.
The Caves Vanneau holds free tastings on saturdays. Call to know wich vigneron is the guest.
Check Brian's comments below, he brought interesting additional information.
_Chermette Beauj-Nouveau : 6,3 €
__Foillard Morgon 2008 : 10,5 €
__Anne Gros Chambolle Musigny 2006 : 43 €
__Goisot Saint-Bris 2007 : 10,3 €
__Marcel Richaud Terres d'Aigues 2008 : 8,5 €
__Vignerons d'Estézargues Cuvée des Galets 2007 : 4,4 €
__Marc Tempé (there are many of Tempé here) Riesling Zellenberg 2007 : 12,9 €
Actually you can see yourself some of the wineries they sell on this page.
What I like in this shop is also the wines which are out of the beaten path, like this Cote Roannaise 2008 by Jacques Devaux (5,3 €) that I bought recently [december 2009]. Also, there is a Coteaux du Giennois 2008 by Domaine de Villargeais (7,5 €), or this Irancy 2007 by Franck Givaudin (11 €), and this Coteaux du Vendomois by Patrice Colin (sold-out but the next vintage will cost 7,5 €), there is also this Misardises 2008 Coteaux du Languedoc (8,3 Euro) which will be labelled as Pic Saint Loup in 2009, also Les Eminades Vin de Pays 2007 "Rue des Vignes" at 6,7 Euro, or this Marcillac 2008 by Domaine du Cros (7,2 Euro), made near Rodez with a rare variety named le Fer Servadou, it's a variety which was very tannic and rustic like the Côt but which gives interesting wines when well vinified.
Check the website, free tastings are organized with visiting vignerons on saturdays.
there are maybe 120 different wines with quite a number of Loire natural wines.
Here are a few examples of what you find here : Claude Courtois (and his son Julien), les Griottes, Jean Pierre Robinot, Alexandre Bain (Pouilly-Fumé), Sébastien Riffault, Olivier Cousin, Sylvain Martinez who worked with Olivier Cousin with his cuvées Goutte d'O and Les Griboullis, Pierre Beauger (Auvergne), Philippe Jambon (Beaujolais), Michel Guigner (Beaujolais), Christian Ducroux (Régnié), Guy Blanchard (Maconnais), Bernard Bellahsen (Domaine Fontédicto (Languedoc), Anne-Marie Lavaysse (Petit Domaine de Gimios, Minervois), Axel Prüfer, Loïc Roure, Edouard Lafitte, le Casot des Mailloles, Hirotake Ooka Domaine de la Grande Colline (a Japanese who formerly worked at Thierry Allemand), Patrick Bouju (Auvergne), plus Gerald Oustric, Gilles Azzoni, Andrea Calek (Ardèche), and also Bruno Schueller (Alsace), Pierre Overnoy, Jean-Marc Brignot (both from Jura).....
The story of Josh Adler is very interesting too : We have been in contact a few years ago as he needed a picture of Catherine Breton for a tasting at the Bi-Rite Market shop where he worked in San Francisco. He also worked for Joli Vin, a San-Francisco-based importer and distributor of fine wines which favors artisan wineries and natural wines. He happened to have the opportunity to meet chef Daniel Rose who had a project in Paris named Spring, a wine shop and a restaurant, the latter being still under construction a stone throw from the shop. Daniel Rose offered him to come along and that was it. Josh Adler is the one behind the wine list of Spring (the wine shop), and he already had the time (in just a few months) to find a few more producers to add them on his initial wine list. He's into the best of what the artisan natural-wine producers can offer, and he selects wines that really make a difference in terms of taste and pleasure.
Note that the shop is next door from Ô Chateau which organizes wine tastings in English.
Spring boutique, 52 rue de l'arbre sec 75001 Paris. Phone 01 58 62 44 30.
La Contre Etiquette is both a physical wine shop with an excellent selection of artisan wines made by organic-minded vignerons and an online retailer. Christophe and his associates are very cool people that you'll like to speak with. They look for the best producer across France, often finding under-the radar estates making outstanding wines at very reasonable rates.
La Contre Etiquette organizes regularly tasting events (for a fee) with the vigneron explaining his wines.
This caviste/wine bar has a good list of under-the-radar artisan wines in addition to more well-known ones. Definitely an excellent address with prices beginning at 3,8 € (sic) and a few other bottles at 6 to 8 €. As it is a wine bar/restaurant, it's of course open late, which is perfect when you want to shop after hours.
Very close to tourist-magnet Montmartre (rare for a natural-wine caviste).
Read my report on this place with wine picks (and prices).
If you're wandering through the unchartered waters of the 20th arrondissement, make sure to make the detour to Agnés' wine shop : plenty of good real wines, you can basically buy blind, it's all no-additives wines that you'll drink faster than you wished to. I now stumble on Agnès on wine tastings as she's looking for new finds. Like she told me when I visited her wine shop with two young vintners presenting their wines throughout Paris, she easily becomes friend with her customers and ends up being invited by the wine amateurs who visit her wine shop, because there's here a share passion. You can also have something to eat in her wine shop and open a bottle to go along. She'll be happy to hear what you think about the wine. Incidently, several of the artisan food she serves comes from the vicinity of the vintners, or is in some cases produced by the vigneron's wife...