jamie goode's wine blog: A nice lunch in Paris

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

A nice lunch in Paris

On the way to Champagne, we stopped off for a lovely lunch in Paris. It was at a small restaurant called Chez Casimir, a short walk from Gare du Nord (6 rue de Belzunce, 75010 Paris, 01 48 78 28 80). Nothing flash; just good simple French cooking, bistro style, with a short but fabulous wine list.

I was let loose on it, and chose two reds. But first we began with a really nice Champagne.

Champagne Drappier Pinot Noir Non-dose
Really interesting: tight and fresh with lemony elegance and a hint of toasty richness. Very bright and lively, and despite the lack of dosage this doesn't seem out of balance. 91/100

Then to the reds: one a natural Loire red; the second a really individual Cote Rotie. Both brilliant. Prices? The Breton was about 20 Euros, the Barges around 50.

Catherine & Pierre Breton 'La Dilettante' 2007 Bourgeuil, Loire, France
Light coloured, this has a lovely nose of elegant cherry and herb fruit, with some hints of earth and spice. The palate is light and complex with a bit of funk as well as juicy, vibrant fruit. A deliciously drinkable wine with some natural elegance. 89/100

Gilles Barge Cote Rotie Cuvee du Plessy 2005 Northern Rhone, France
Wonderful: bloody, earthy, slightly spicy with lovely dark fruits. The palate is a bit meaty with lovely concentration and definition. A fantastic effort in a rather traditional style. 93/100

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At 10:39 AM, Blogger Ron Combo said...

Jamie, the Loire red was that Gamay or Cab Franc?

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

It's a Cabernet Franc made with carbonic maceration, apparently, but it tasted like Gamay!

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Mark Roper said...

That Cote Rotie sounds excellent, do his wines generally drink well young? I generally shy away from any CR that young...so have never tried.

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Mark, it is - I wouldn't say it drinks well young - although you can enjoy it, you're sort of also appreciating what it will become, because this is a wine that will last a long time. It's not easy, but then which great wines are?

At 9:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop it now! Chez Casimir is one of my secrets. OK not that secret, but lay off giving it too much good PR.

At 9:31 PM, Blogger mrfroopy said...

it always amazes me how much lower the wine markups are in French bistros than in England or the USA.

At 12:04 AM, Anonymous Doug said...

The Breton wines are delicious. Have you tried their Vouvrays?

To be fair about mark ups. Look at the rent and rates in London compared to Paris, the shipping and storage costs, the astronomical duty and the fact that many bistros & restaurants in France source directly from the grower - so cutting out the whole margin from the middle man (ie the wine merchant). Having said that mark-ups in some London restaurants are little short of obscene.


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