I hope you’ll agree with me, that a meal isn’t complete without a good glass of wine. In France, its wine and gastronomy go hand in hand. There are million types of wine, red, white and rosé, all different depending on which region of the country it was produced in. Faced with so many options, it can be overwhelming and even confusing to decide which goes with what food, especially when you’re not a connoisseur. Fancy becoming one? Or want to simply enjoy the night with an unbeatable selection of hand-picked wine, Carton de Six is the perfect place for you!
Located conveniently in the 11th arrondissement, Carton de Six is the much-anticipated wine bar in the neighbourhood. As you walk into the restaurant, you enter this bright, spacious wine cave with a line of tables to the right and a long high wooden table to the left between shelves of wine, leading you to the open bar at the end of the restaurant. The atmosphere so chilled and easy. When we arrived at half 8 in the evening, most tables have already been filled and it’s clear that everyone was having a splendid time, so relaxed and at home, reminding me of a classic Parisian dinner party.
Most restaurants have a generic (and limited) selection for you to choose from and often, the waiters’ knowledge of wine is no better than yours. However, at Carton de Six, you can entrust your drinks and its food pairing to Fédéric and Florian, founders and owners of this sophisticatedly cool wine bar, who also happens to be the most knowledgeable and passionate humans I’ve ever met. Simply let them know how you like your drink – dry, fruity, strong – you don’t even need to know anything about wine, and as if magic, your perfect glass of wine will appear in front of you in no time!
Having worked in the wine industry for many years, both Fédéric and Florian recognised a lack of good wine bars in Paris, a limited selection of beverage, and a shortage of in-depth knowledge that customers are often faced with. Frustrated and fed up, the two friends decided to open their own wine bar, be in complete control of the selection of wine and work closely with the creative caterer, Mordu, to create seasonal menus to accompany the drinks. The small dishes are especially original and imaginative.
Wine tasting and food pairings
As soon as we were seated, Fédéric inquired us about our preference. I went for a fruity white, while my friend opted for something drier. My first glass of Sérol was refreshing and went so well with our first dish, the tiny cornets filled with goat cheese and cherry tomatoes, which are my favourite. Fédéric surprised me with a different white wine, Indigo from Côte de Provence, as our second dish, the savoury waffle with haddock cream, lemon horseradish and paprika was served. Despite my lack of interest in red wine – I find them often too bitter – I found the perfect dessert wine that night at Carton de Six, which came with the café gourmand. Both Fédéric and Florian were attentive and easy to talk to. We were assured that every single bottle (there is a lot!) in the bar has been tried and tested personally by them two, handpicking only the best wine from all over the country for their customers. They also hold a wine tasting workshop every Tuesday for a group of eight. Instead of just feeding their customers with lots of wine and little knowledge, their workshops are more in-depth and technical than the rest you’ll find in Paris, so concentration is key.
Not everyone gets to attend a Parisian dinner party when they visit the city, but Carton de Six welcomes you with open arms and you are most definitely guaranteed a good time and great company here!