Our first visit will be to the lively Wine Bar famous for its selection of natural wines. We will have two wines from the Loire Valley, a French wine producing region with is very diverse and yet not very well-known and appreciated abroad.
1st Wine : A White from Thierry Puzelat , Clos du Tue-Boeuf "Le Brin de Chevre" 2003
Thierry Puzelat is one of the best known wine makers in the natural wines world of France This wine is made with the Menu Pineau grape variety. Nice terroir - clay-limestone . Of course, no yeast addition, not chaptalized, not filtered .The wine has a real structure, and acidity is quite low as is typical of the 2003 vintage. In the mouth, a rich wine with some cereal aromas.
2nd Wine : A Rose , Cabernet d'Anjou , from Rene Mosse 2004
Traditional vinification . A nice "apertif" wine (1/2 sec.) with a little taste of residual sugar, fresh, strawberry aromas. We then head for another Wine Bar with wines selected for their quality. The Bar looks like an old Parisian bistro with tiled floor, wooden chairs and old black and white pictures on the walls.
3rd Wine: A Quincy white, from Sylvain Bailly
"Cuvee de Beaucharme", old vines, very little SO2 used. Fresh in taste.
4th Wine: A Muscadet Amphibolite 2004, White Wine from Jo Landon
Another small sub-region of the Loire Valley with beautiful wines. The wine is bottled on its lees with no filtration. Soil is composed of metamorphic green rocks (amphibole rocks) that give an outstanding minerality to the wine Nose : lemon and apple. In the mouth, mineral but at the same time soft, and some iodine. If we wished to eat with it, oysters would be best .
Our last stop for a 'tasting' is very near Boulevard St Germain in a lively area full of cafes and restaurants.
5th Wine: Option 1: A Red Cotes du Rhone, Plan de Dieu "terre de galets" 2001, by Gabriel Meffre
From vines grown in the Rhone valley, south of Lyon to the Mediterranean Sea, we taste a Red Wine from a very stony soil,
pebblestones, as in the renowned Chateauneuf du Pape region . A powerful Cotes du Rhone
The aim of this wine tour is to immerse you in the authentic wine and bar culture of Paris. We have chosen to concentrate on the 5th and 6th arrondissement on the Left Bank because of its historic associations and interesting and picturesque ambience
The Wine Tour is being led by a wine enthusiast who will introduce you to 4 or 5 bars and cafes which locals frequent, and where we will have our wine 'tastings', including interesting selections from smaller producers. We will also explore this historic district and its famous buildings and sites on our walk.
Available: Tuesday to Saturday
Cost : 119€pp