A la Vierge de la Reunion natural wine store and restaurant in Paris

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A la Vierge de la Reunion
Restaurants and bars
Open: Tues - Sat (evenings)
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 01 43 67 51 15
Address: 58 rue de la Reunion
Paris, 75020
Country: France

A la Vierge de la Reunion is a wine shop, a wine bar and a restaurant all rolled into one. It is a friendly and welcoming place where you will always see locals chatting at the bar with the owners and staff. But outsiders are just as welcome - especially if you have an interest in well-priced wines from throughout France.
Our first impression on seeing the 'wall of wine' at the far end of the restaurant was that they were very serious about their choices. Many of the wines were ones we treasure.
Domaine du Mioula from the Marcillac appellation in south west France was one of the first we spotted. This is a wine from an emerging appellation that we first came across when we did a little tour of the area surrounding the wonderful Michel Bras restaurant.
We were also interested to see the wines from Domaine de la Butte. This is the vineyard that has been taken over by Vouvray whiz, Jacky Blot. He is now producing brooding Bourgueil wines. He is releasing different wines from different parts of the slope to show the difference that altitude and differing soil types make to the wine. And there are some old favourites available such as the Domaine de Trevallon Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhone, one of the most interesting wines in France despite the lowly Vin de Pays nomenclature.
We started our explorations with a Chateau Morgues de Gres Costieres de Nimes, a very impressive winery run by François Collard. The wine was a white blend of Roussanne, Grenache blanc and Rolle (Vermentino). It had a wonderful citrus backbone and expressive aromas that make you think of ripened tropical fruit. This is a very good value wine.
By this stage we had noticed that there was a Jean Foillard Cote du Py Morgon available and all thoughts of other wines disappeared. This beautiful, natural wine is one of our favourites from a very good appellation and we had just spent some time a few days before driving around this lieu dit in the Morgon appellation.
Once we had settled on the Foillard we then concentrated on the food. We started with herrings served on very, very good potatoes. Our other dish was Soup Marocaine which was subtle (not overwhelmed with spices) but with sufficient flavour to excite the palate.
We then moved on to serious comfort food. Saucisse de l'Aubrac served on lentils and carrots was a deeply satisfying dish.
But the best was saved for last. We ordered the Pruneaux de Morgon and were informed that the prunes had been cooked in Foillard Morgon wine!!!




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