|Paris Grocery Holiday Delights!
Now that the end of year holidays are fast approaching, it might be a great time to load up on some fine wines and bubbly to share with family and friends. Champagne and other sparkling wines (Crémants) always lend an air of celebration to any gathering, and a bottle of fine wine can elevate a meal and make it memorable, not to mention, impressing a boss, family or friends when presented as a gift! With this in mind, we are happy to present some of our favorite gift-worthy wines & Champagnes, as well as, gifts and stocking stuffers for your favorite Francophile!
Arnaud Soubeyran Callssons de Provence $17.49
What do French people buy for Christmas? These traditional marzipan melon candies from Provence which we can barely keep in stock.
These French plates are absolutely adorable & tres Francais. We have sippy cups, silver ware, plates & bowls, all made in dishwasher-safe melamine.
They go for $3.99 to $13.99.
Our French kids table has Dr. Seuss books, tableware & fun stuff galore. Merry Christmas enfants français!
Le Cadeaux Melamine Tableware $8 – $27
This stuff is incredible because it emulates Mediterranean ceramics, but is made of durable dishwasher safe Melamine. That means you can throw it in your picnic basket, take it on your boat or camping, use it for parties with no worry.
We’ve got salad plates, baguette trays, appetizer plates, cutting boards, serving trays…
Click on each pattern for a view: Citron, Romana, Rooster Blue, Rooster Yellow, Malaga
Jacquard Francais Tea Towels $16 – $23
The term ‘tea towels’ came from British households where only fine linen was used to dry expensive tea service pieces. Made in France since 1888, these towels are simply gorgeous. 100% combed cotton in vibrant colors–they can also double as place mats. I was at a friend’s house for dinner & hers were over a decade old–I marveled at how well the colors held up & how soft they became over the years. These are something you will want displayed in your kitchen, not just stowed in a drawer.
Kusmi Tea Brunch Assortment $28.99
All your Kusmi favorites packaged together–5 tins of Paris’s favorite tea.
An assortment of three exclusive Russian blends. Anastasia, a blend of Earl Grey, lemon and orange blossom, Kashmir Tchai, a blend of black teas with spices based on the traditional Nepalese recipe and Imperial Label, a subtle blend of green tea, cinnamon and licorice. Those who love full bodied teas will delight in English Breakfast, with its blend of black teas from Ceylon and Assam. You will love the refreshment of Spearmint green tea after a meal.
Gift Champagnes & 90+ Holiday Wines To Consider!
NV Champagne Vilmart & Cie. ‘Grand Cellier’ Premier Cru $70.00
My favorite Premier Cru Champagne! It’s distinctive and very elegant–truly a luxury Champagne. It is made from free-run juice only and is a barrel-fermented wine. Rich and luscious, with aromas of orange blossom, mint, herbs and spice, this wine has richness and great depth of flavor. This wine comes from prime Champagne territory–right on the 49th parallel–in the quiet, Premier Cru village of Rilly, within the Montagne de Reims. Made by the brilliant Laurent Champs, this wine has attained near-cult status as the food Champagne, par excellence—try it!
NV Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve $50.00
Among the half-dozen top family-run houses in Champagne, the family has been producing wines in Mareuil-sur-Ay since 1818. A beautifully made reserve Champagne built on a style comprising full fruit and finesse. This is a blend of 40% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. Full-bodied, showing earthiness in the aroma, with plenty of ripe, candied apple fruit on the palate. Firmly structured, it builds in intensity to a long vanilla and nutty aftertaste. Possesses a creamy texture and elegant, tiny bubbles. This superb Champagne was unavailable for a long time; its return in the past few years is certainly welcomed.
NV Champagne Gaston Chiquet Blan de Blancs D’Aÿ Grand Cru $65.00
One of the finest aperitif Champagnes in the market, and one of my all-time favorites! Farming 23 hectares of vineyards situated within the perimeter encompassing Dizy, Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ and Hautvillers, the Chiquet Family has been producing wine since the 1930s. Fresh and fragrant, the wine positively dances on the palate, with hints of fresh citrus, biscuit, chamomile and racy green apples. Possesses nice, tight bubbles on the finish. This is a wonderful Grand Cru Champagne and worth every penny!
2012 Domaine du Cayron Gigondas $40.00
Domaine du Cayron is located between Avignon and Vaison la Romaine, at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. The estate was founded in 1936, and is run by the fifth generation of the family, the Faraud Sisters, Delphine, Cedrine, and Roseline. Most of the vines are between 20 and fifty years old.
“One of my favorite estates in Gigondas, Domaine du Cayron’s 2012 Gigondas doesn’t disappoint. Made from 70% Grenache, 15% Cinsault, 14% Syrah and a splash of Mourvèdre that’s fermented with 100% whole clusters, it shows a classic Cayron perfume of basil, wild herbs, sweet dark fruits and mint. Medium-bodied, supple and elegant, it’s already hard to resist but will evolve nicely through 2022.”
91 points, Wine Advocate
2012 Domaine de la Janasse Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes $120.00
One of the truly iconic French wines, Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a wine that is recognized by wine novices, as well as by cognoscenti, and thus, makes a great gift. Domaine de la Janasse, run by the brother and sister team of Christophe and Isabelle Sabon, produces a variety of cuvées every year. The Vieilles Vignes bottling is made from 85% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre and the rest is Syrah, and offers blockbuster notes of blackberry, violets, spice and serious minerality to go with awesome mid-palate depth and layers of sweet tannin. This wine is a keeper and will evolve in the bottle over the next 10-15 years.
96 points, Wine Advocate
Le Petit Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan 2010 $43.00
Effectively, a new second wine from Chateau Smith Haut-Lafitte. This Pessac-Leognan wine is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot, all grown on deep gravel, destemmed and fermented in small, temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks.
“Very engaging from the start, with a blast of boysenberry and blackberry fruit that grabs your attention, while notes of licorice snap, violet and black tea fill in the background. Open, pure and ready to drink now. Drink now through 2021.”
91 points, Wine Spectator
2010 Chateau Haut -Bages Liberal Pauillac $77.00
I love this wine! It’s totally balanced, with a real feel of Pauillac sophistication. Chateau Haut-Bages Libéral’s neighbours are the fabled Chateau Pichon-Lalande and Chateau Latour, but the estate has managed to keep prices reasonably low so it’s more affordable than most. A terrific effort and a great value! Did I mention the soaring finish?
“One of the best efforts from this estate since the 1982, this wine remains fairly priced. It exhibits ripe blue and black fruits, a dense plum/purple color, good acidity buttressing a remarkably rich, fleshy, sumptuous texture, and oodles of smoky black currant and blueberry fruit. Ripe, heady and rich, this wine will probably benefit from 2-5 years of cellaring despite its precociousness and keep for two decades.”
92 points, Wine Advocate