4 New Paris Wine Bars
Published: June 2009
By Charlotte Druckman
At these four haunts, you’ll find first-rate wines and a low-key vibe, plus dishes to match.
Owner Jean de Rotalier may not serve only fifth-growth bottles, as the name of his 5è Cru (dinner for two $38) cheekily suggests, but he’s got every terroir of France covered. The ocher-hued salon has only three pine tables, plus a few barrels that have been converted into dining posts.
Perfect Pairing Meursault Les Terres Blanches with cod and white butter sauce.
The revamped Le Porte Pot (dinner for two $85) now houses a wine cellar with 120 varietals and a wood-beamed bistro.
Perfect Pairing Château Yvonne 2005 Samur Blanc with a roasted Iberian pork chop.
A selection of renowned international classics and artisanal wines fills the racks at the modern, light-filled Cavestève (dinner for two $116).
Perfect Pairing Slow-cooked pig’s cheeks with a 2005 Marsannay from Domaine Charlopin.
In-the-know locals head to Versant Vins (bottles from $18), a spruced-up wine booth at the Marché des Enfants Rouges—the city’s oldest food market. Here, sommelier Jeanne Galinié suggests bottles to go with ethnic fare from neighboring stalls.
Perfect Pairing Merguez meatballs from the Moroccan stand next door with a Mano a Mano Grenache blend.