I'm trying to write this and everything that pours from me is sounding like a magazine article. Sometimes it's very difficult to turn that voice off. And so, what we have here is a very lack luster entry. It happens.
Jenny Lefcourt of Jenny & Francois imports, has set up the wine list at her friend's brand new cafe in the sleepy (but just minutes away from being obnoxiously hip) 18th.
She's managed to rig a system to hold twelve unsulfured wines on tap. The wines arrive into the cafe in cask and have a tube inserted which attaches to the spigots. The system floats nitro on top of the wines and there is an apparant lack of contact with wine-killing oxygen. The system seems to work very well.
I was just about to get sick (excuses!) which is why I took lousy notes but I would have been very happy just to taste the wines from the system and not crack a real bottle (the bottle I did have was way over oaked, I don't care how 'unmanipulated' it was, it stank. That, by the way was a Saumur-Champigny-- Bobinet, the Amteus.
Food is inexpensive and very good--thanks to the efforts of an Italo/Corsican chef. Bistro. Imaginative. Tasty.
WINES FROM THE SPIGOT AT LAST LOOK:
Verre Pichet Pichet
L A F O N T A I N E (12 cl)
(25 cl) (50cl)
B L A N C
Christian Venier, Sauvignon, AOC Touraine 2005 3,00 5,50 10,00
Domaine Guillot-Broux, AOC Macon Village 2004 3,00 5,50 10,00
Domaine de la Senechalire, AOC Muscadet 2004 3,50 6,50 12,00
Domaine des Quarterons, AOC Sancerre 2005 4,50 8,50 16,00
A. & O. DeMoor, AOC Bourgogne, A Ligot 2005 4,00 7,50 14,00
R O S E
Domaine Rimbert, VdT Roussillon, Larrosoir ros 3,00 5,50 10,00
R O U G E
Christian Venier, Vdt Loire, 70% Pinot noir, 30% Gamay 3,00 5,50 10,00
Clos Siguier, AOC Cahors 2004 3,00 5,50 10,00
Estzargues, AOC Ctes du Rhne 2004 3,00 5,50 10,00
Domaine Guillot-Broux, AOC Macon Cruzille 2004 3,50 6,50 12,00
Domaine des Deux Anes, AOC Corbires 2004 3,50 6,50 12,00
Rimbert, Travers de Marceau, AOC St-Chinian 2004 3,50 6,50 12,00
Vin Doux et Aperitif
Sablonnettes, Cteaux du Layon 1/2 sec 2004 5,50 32
Champagne Alexandre L, Brut Blanc de Blancs 8,00 50
Plageoles, Muscat Nature, AOC Gaillac (ptillant) 5,00 25
Bertucci, VdQS Cerdon de Bugey 2005 (ros ptillant) 5,50 28
La Cave Caf, 134, rue Marcadet in the 18th