A great accomplice of the former L’Arsouille (a legendary wine bar in Rennes nightlife scene, which has since been replaced by the no less sensational Pénates), Olivier Cochard accumulates affordable gems for thirsty customers, stacked high from floor to ceiling. On the small Rue Vasselot, look for the sky blue facade and its famous wine barrel out front, and you’ll find plenty to fill your shopping bags with, like a Loire Chenin (La Roche de Mûrs labeled La Grange aux Belles, €30), a Jura Pinot noir (cuvée Julien from Jean-François Ganevat, €79), and especially the magnums (Dard et Ribo, Les Maoù, Pauline Broqua, Cantina Indigeno…), which have established this place’s discreet reputation as the place where the first International Magnum Wine Festival was held. A great place to explore the wine world, without breaking the bank! // R.P.
The bullet-proof bottle: Pont Bourceau, a 2018 Chenin from Julien Delrieu (€14.50).
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