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How much does a half-decent bottle of wine cost in Paris?

I'm taking a trip to Paris next summer, and was wondering how much a half-decent bottle of wine would cost. I'm not looking for anything mind blowing, or that will amaze me, just something relatively cheap, but good.

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  1. for about 20-30euro, you can find really good wine from smaller producers (have a look at places like "La Cremerie", "Au Verre Volé", "La Muse Vin" to find bio-organic wines)

        1. re: PhilD

          I would most likely be buying from retail.

        2. Maximilien's estimate of 20-30 Euro is about right, in my experience. (I think halfway decent bottles in the US are available for $12-20 in NYC, if that gives you a point of comparison for what I consider decent.) You can actually purchase French wines for about the same or less in the US, since the VAT ups prices so much on products sold in France.

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          1. re: cimui

            You can, however, find many very inexpensive appelations available that are seen less in US. Was in shop yesterday in one shop, small shop near my apartment, they had four different Madirans all 4 or 5 years old, with the best only 11€. In supermarkets, can get quite servicable stuff, better than plonk for 4€ up. Excellent beaujolais are routinely inexpensive, both in shops and restaurants . They serve a brouilly at Chez Denise at 25€/liter that is

          2. Go to the Julhes cheese and wine shop on the rue du Fbg St Denis. Along side the 1st growth clarets and scarily priced burgundies they sell lots of more reasonably priced wines (from 4 euros up). Often, on Fridays and Sundays, the winemakers will be their to let you try them.
            They have a very good Corbières 'Le Pompadour', which at 7 euros and 90 cents is a steal.

            1. I'll be staying near St Sulpice Square. Any recommendations for retail stores within walking distance of that?

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              1. re: ccferg

                La Dernière Goutte -- hold by an American woman, open sundays, free tastings on saturdays. She and her New Zealander business partner also have the wine bar called Fish and the excellent original Cosi sandwich place. They spend most of their time looking for excellent small wines.

                1. re: ccferg

                  Seriously: Monoprix at St Germain and Rue de Rennes or the closest Nicholas. I can't remember the name but there's a very serious shop on Verneuil between Saint Peres and Rue de Bac in the 6e. Speaking of Saint Peres hit Olivier's Epicerie (just says "epicerie" in the window) for a nice selection in the back - his food is nice and fresh and a departure from usual french chestnuts as well. Enjoy, santé!

                  1. re: Sui_Mai

                    I agree with Souphie Le Derniere Gout is a really good option. They stock independents rather than a lot of the "factory" produced wines you get at a Nicolas or Monoprix. It is owned by Juan a Cuban/American and Drew a Kiwi, and thus the staff speak English and are happy to offer good advice. Prices are from about €16 and up - you can get cheaper but not as interesting (unless you know a lot about French wine) at this price point.

                  2. re: ccferg

                    Also a place called la Cremerie (a renovated old one from the outside) on Rue de Quatre Vents - a short street between St. Sulpice and l'Odeon. Haven't been but heard it's a great store/wine bar.

                  3. I found half bottles of Louis Jadot Santenay Premier Cru earlier this year at the supermarche across the street from the Meridien Etoile Hotel at Porte Maillot for about $20, that made me pretty happy...