Terminus Caviste

Terminus Caviste cellar (Poperinge)

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Smack dab on the French border, Terminus forces passing drivers (and those who intentionally made the trip) to alight their cars. That’s because of what’s hiding in its trunk, for this rest stop is nothing short of a restaurant, a mini-mart and even a wine shop. The latter of which Pieter Verheyde, ex-sommelier at Hof van Cleve, has also expanded to include cigars, spirits, beers and of course quality wines: Les Plantenays, a white Rully from Domaine Mia (€29.90); Coume de Maliès, a white from Domaine Balansa in the Aude (€15.10); a Monthélie Premier Cru Les Vignes Rondes 2019 from Prunier-Bonheur (€44.50); or Château Morel, a 2020 Saint-Joseph from Jean Baptiste Souillard (€32.50). FYI, if you want to extend your stopover: the boss organizes tailor-made tasting evenings and oenology classes. // Casimir

THE BULLET-PROOF BOTTLE: Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2010 from the Domaine Robert Groffier Père & Fils, yours for the modest sum of €480.

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