La Curieuse Cave

La Curieuse Cave (Paris)

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Has the tiny Rue de la Fidélité become the best naturalist spot in the capital? After the delightful wine shop Rerenga Wines, this little section of pavement now harbors the second clean drinking haven of Arthuro Peduzzi and Timothée Tzimakas, the founders of the wine bar La Curieuse Compagnie, here run in tandem with Thibaut Brunet. A chic shop (terrazzo tile floors, blonde wood shelves) and unpretentious wines, where the French bottles are organized neatly by region. A few examples of what you might find: Classic, a Muscadet from the Domaine de l’Écu (€13) that’s calling out for a dozen oysters; a lovely combo of Syrah and Grenache produced by Thibaut Capellaro (€22); Chien d’Arrêt, an Altesse-Jacquère combo from the new-age winemaker Axel Domont (€26); or even Billes Noires for connoisseurs, an unbeatable 2017 Cornas from Matthieu Barret (€80). And a few things to slip into your bag before leaving: jars of lacto-fermented veg by Limoune (€8), a few Maison Martin hot sauces (€8), and even the vino-arty fanzine Chassez le naturel by Pauline Dupin-Aymard. 

The bullet-proof bottle: The aptly named Tout en Canon from the Gaillac estate V Peyres (€16 a liter) that blends Gamay with the indigenous Braucol and Len d’Ehl varietals. 

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