Finding the right wine for one’s meal is serious business in France but even more so when it comes to Christmas meal wine pairing.
Carrying the baby and groceries (read: already about 12kg…), we headed to a wine shop called La Cave des Papilles, located a few steps away from Montparnasse Cemetery. It is not located in our arrondissement, but so worth the visit. This charming wine shop specializes in “le vin naturel“; wine made with minimum technological intervention. Lots of wine offered by independent winemakers, biodynamic wine, etc.
Our visit took about 40 minutes. The shop is not enormous but the choice is extensive. Lots of labels we have never seen before.
We listened to the seller –very knowledgeable– and finally based our decision on his recommendations and our taste. AOC Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine (Loire Valley) for oysters. AOC Jurançon (South West of France, near the Pyrenees) for foie gras. AOC Rasteau (Rhône Valley) for poultry. We are big fans of the southern Rhône Valley appellations, home of some fantastic wines like e.g. Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and instead of going with wine from Bourgogne (as recommended by the seller), we opted for our usual region.
We didn’t buy anything for cheese but should we need some more wine, we have a lovely bottle of Irouléguy from 2010.
….and just in case you wondered –no need to buy champagne as we have Canard-Duchêne in the fridge!
I told you. Serious business.
Is your wine and food pairing as exhaustive this Christmas?
La Cave des Papilles: 35 Rue Daguerre, 75014 Paris. Metro: Denfert-Rochereau. Closed during lunch hour!