Thursday 16 January 2020

Where to Buy Wine in Paris - 5 of the Best Wine Stores for Everything from Mouton Rothschild to Rioja

When I started writing this post on the best wines stores in Paris I realised of course that my collection of favourites contains far more than five stores, so this is the first in a series of posts about Paris.  These are not in any particular order, but they are definitely five of the best and every time I visit Paris I return for another look, possibly but not probably coming away with a trophy bottle......

La Grand Epicerie de Paris at 24 Rue de Sèvres is a superb wine store - it's impossible to take everything in with a single visit.  This store is part of the Le Bon Marche department store (opened in 1852 and considered to be one of the oldest department stores in the world). Offering cheese, vegetables, groceries, meats, and beautiful chocolates (plus more) take the escalator down from this modern and cavernous food hall to find the beautifully designed Caves de Vins which offers over 3000 varieties of wines and spirits with everything from reasonably priced wines to the finest bottles in the rare wine room. . . . .

This is another of those food and wine stores you really need to visit several times, as there's so much to choose from, if you can get past the wonderful chocolates on the first floor (yes I did) take the lifts down to the wine hall and check out the Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Gevrey-Chambertin and Puligny-Montrachet and on to the Euros3000 bottle of Yamazaki Japanese single malt whisky.

Don't you just love a wine store that not only has a great selection but also so much atmosphere you can almost feel it. Here I was revisiting one of my favouite wine stores in Paris Legrand Filles et Fils which is almost certainly the oldest wine shop in Paris, situated at 1 Rue du Banque and originally started as a spice store in 1880.  Legrand isn't just about wine but everything that goes with it, from groceries, a small but beautiful wine bar, wine tastings and plenty of advice to go with.

With a small restaurant/wine bar (lunch only except Friday) and a marvellous selection of wines, this is a beautiful, traditional place to shop for your next case or bottle.....There's no question also that the staff couldn't be more charming, helpful, and knowledgeable and I will definitely be back next visit.

The Financial Times (2014) “The granddaddy of all Parisian wine retailers, Legrand Filles et Fils, near the Banque de France, opened a chic wine bar back in 2002 and this is still a great place to drink fine wine from all over the world by the glass with the cheese and charcuterie that have become de rigueur.”

La Cave du Chateau is not just another wine shop in Paris. At 31 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt you stroll into the beautifully restored Parisian home of Domaine Clarence Dillon, a family-run business who also own three famous Bordeaux wine houses: Château Haut-Brion, Château La Mission Haut-Brion and Château Quintus.

On the ground floor and in the basement cellar there's a carefully curated selection of gorgeous French wines - not just Haut Brion, plus a 2 Michelin star restaurant with Chef Christophe Pelé - The Clarence.

Walking through the elegant Parisian mansion-like facade you won't be expecting a typical wine shop, but I can't fault the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff - I have yet to try out the restaurant.... I'm working on that one 😊

If you're a wine lover no visit to Paris is complete without a visit to one of my absolute favourite wine stores in Paris, within Lafayette Maison - part of Galleries Lafayette but on the opposite side of the road from the main store - on the Boulevard Haussmann - Duclot la Cave covers a huge area on the top floor and there's little you can't find here.  Every time I go to Paris I go back and check out what’s new - their staff couldn't be more helpful and although it's huge it's beautifully designed and a treat to walk around. This is a view of the Chateau d'Yquem and fine wine room.  

They offer free delivery in Paris if you spend over 50 Euros which frankly it's hard not to do in this treasure trove of wines.

Duclot is a Bordeaux wine merchant with a stock of several million bottles, 2500 of which are offered here,1200 being Bordeaux.  Incidentally their holding company also owns Chateau Petrus - the most famous Pomerol of them all.

La Cave des Climats, at 35 rue de Verneuil Paris 7th which I unexpectedly stumbled on while walking in Paris a short while ago. This is an excellent French wine store, wine bar and place for wine tastings, and has the same ownership as Les Climats Michelin Star restaurant close by, where I had an excellent dinner a couple of years ago. If you're looking for great Burgundy and friendly and informative help - plus a snack or two - La Clave des Climats should definitely be on your list.

'In 2013, passionate about Burgundy wines, Carole and Denis launched the restaurant Les Climats at 41 rue de Lille Paris 7th, one of the only places in the world 100% dedicated to Burgundy wines. When in 2016, Denis stumbles upon a beautiful space that is free 100 m from the restaurant, he sees the opportunity to gather in an informal and relaxed atmosphere all the wines of Burgundy and elsewhere they like. Carole had always dreamed of a "very simple" place where one could drink good wines with friends accompanied by excellent sausages.The CAVE is exactly that!'