Calais Vins

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Zone Curie
Rue Gutenbert
62100 Calais
Tel: 00 33 (0)321 46 40 40
Web: www.calais-vins.com

Try-before-you-buy sticklers will be in their element here. Calais Vins and their sister outlet, Franglais are two great French wine specialists. Run by brother-in-law duo Jerome Pont and Olivier Vermisse. Both these shops have an amazing bar-a-vins wine dispenser where 25 or so wines, stored at their optimum temperatures, are regularly available for tasting before you part with a single euro. Staff speak English and you get oodles of advice on which wine to buy by simply asking.

At Calais Vins ask about their ingenious Petit Freres; (little brothers) scheme where small owner-run French vineyards have been scoured for delicious cheaper alternatives to the expensive wines. One fine example is Chateau Petrus from the Pommerol region of Bordeaux – it’s a great wine but so is the Chatteau Recougne Bordeaux Superior, £4.50, sourced from a neighbouring vineyard, that tastes similar but at a fraction of the price.

More recently Calais Vins have produced their own range of beers called Les Bourgeoises de Calais in Blonde, Amber and Brown.

Open: Daily 9am-7pm, Sunday 10am-7pm

Getting There:

Take the A16 motorway and take Sortie 44. Turn right at the first roundabout.