There are six L’Ecluse wine bars in Paris, and that it is a “chain”, albeit small, can by some be seen as a negative. But in this case they are ambitious and focused, without being complicated or sophisticated. They also have excellent opening hours, which can be particularly good for overseas visitors who are not used to French eating times. When almost all other wine bars are closed, e.g. on Sundays, there’s always a L’Ecluse you can go to. The wine list is exclusively Bordeaux, and primarily red (the selection of whites could be improved). many, if not all, are served by the glass. The food is traditional, uncomplicated dishes made from high quality products, be it foie gras, salmon or cheese. For each dish there is a wine recommendation.
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