Lavinia, 1st Arr.
Tel: 33 1 42 97 20 27
Concierge.com's insider take:
Teetotalling President Sarkozy notwithstanding, wine is practically France's national drinkand it's easy to find. There are reliable chains such as Nicolas or Le Repaire de Bacchuslocal wine shops that are interesting, if uneven; and even the butcher usually has a few bottles stacked next to the pots of terrine. What Lavinia brought to the scene when it opened in 2002 was quality wines on a superstore scale. Like an oenological Whole Foods, the 15,000 square feet of clean, navigable, modern space just off the Place de la Madeleine holds an expansive collection of French vintages, naturally, along with a selection of biodynamic wines and little-known finds from sources as diverse as Hungary and Uruguay. Lavinia also caters to out-of-town clientele with English-speaking sommeliers, a tasting room and café (for tired feet and empty stomachs), and assistance shipping your purchases home, now that carry-on liquids are a thing of the past.
Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm.