Wine Shop & Dining Recommendations in France

Hello all! I will be traveling to France for the first time this fall. Will be staying a day so and Paris and then going to Loire for a bit. Primarily Angers, Tours, Saumur.

Looking for the best wine shops in Paris but also the Loire. Places that have selections of fine and rare but that aren’t marked up crazy for the tourists.

Would also love any recommendations for dining. The more recommendations the better. I really do appreciate it!

Hi Carson,

You can replace tourists with “non regulars” and I don’t reckon there are too many places outside of France, let alone in France that exist that meet your brief. The days of stumbling across a wine shop that has some Raveneau or DRC in a dusty corner at standard mark-up are well and truly gone.

Ambassade de Bourgogne in the 6th in Paris has some nice selections if you are into Burgundy. The real trophy wines are not on display however, and allocated out to regulars.

cheers
Jeremy

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Jeremy is spot on.

The best way to drink highly allocated/hard to find wines in France is in restaurants.

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Wife and I were in Loire this past week primarily for outdoor activities (cycling, kayaking/canoeing, just driving around). While we didn’t peruse Michelin-starred establishments, we went primarily for casual bistros with good regional cooking. We had loads of great eats at Bistrot de Ducs in Angers for lunch and at Le Dauvaliere in Tours. Suggest calling in advance to reserve if you decide to go.

Btw, am not going to give up on finding well-priced fine wines in small win stores especially outside of Paris. I haven’t been in the hunt for these wines since the last few years that I’ve been visiting. For example, chanced upon appropriately-stored and aged Northern Rhones in a wine store in Alsace and a ton of 2014 Raveneau at <$100 in Laguiole in Aveyron (store owned by the sommelier in a highly-regarded local restaurant). In Loire, I’ve tasted aged-rare wines during appointments at wineries. In any case, I’ve seen quite a bit of rare local-regional stuff (Bourgueil, Saumur, Chinon) at Les Belles in Les Halles in Tours that I bought for my hotel consumptions.