How to buy good French wine in France

Probably the most implausible headline for sometime, but over the years I have found it to be incredibly difficult to buy drinkable wines on our holidays.

Over here in Blightly, we allow are merchants, shops and supermarkets to sift through the vast quantities of wines available and offer us something fairly palatable. My experience in France is that the supermarkets just seem to stock endless rows of Bordeaux in inferior vintages. Dare I say that the greatest wine nation in the world is one full of  label snobs. Shudder !

You may think this is a huge generalisation and to some extent of course it is, but I can remember on the first day of several of our holidays I have bought enough wine for the week only to have to open 2 or 3 bottles on the first night. There are fewer things  more annoying than to have to pour wine down the drain not because it is bad but because it is poor. Anyway,  this year I will do my research and do something different.

And here is the answer !

How often to you see a wine shop in France, the answer is, rarely but they do exist, you just need to seek them out.

I knew we would be passing through Megeve so I googled wine and this was the result and what a find.

La Cave des 2 Seigneur is all you could ask for. It is quite different to an English off licence in that the owner Fabrice has just one bottle of each wine on display. In a relatively compact space he seems to have 150 plus of very well-chosen wines from the Savoie area and far beyond. What I really liked was the range in price from just a few Euros to something very special.

We bought our weeks supply and were absolutely delighted with the advice from Fabrice and the quality of the wines.


About Man et Vin

I am a 47 year old living in Nottingham. Maybe, like me, you have become disillusioned by the quality and variety of most wine that is sold in the UK. I am not anti supermarket or wine store but there must be more out there. Please join me on my journey to find decent good value wine. At the same time I want to find out more about storage, availablity and discover some of the lesser known wine growing areas. I have nothing to do with the wine industry, as it happens I am a middle manager in a financial services company.
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