Having recently completed a 30-day detox that included giving up (among several other things) alcohol, I couldn’t wait for that first sip of wine. For the occasion, we decided to check out Montreal’s newest wine bar, Les Cavistes.
It wasn’t terribly busy when we went on a Tuesday night, but I suspect that business will pick up once people hear about the biggest attraction of Les Cavistes: the wine price tags. The markup on bottles is lower than that of many other restaurants in town. You can also take a bottle of wine home with you (as long as you’ve bought food – even takeout) and take advantage of a selection of wines you can’t get at the SAQ.
We splurged on a bottle of Bordeaux Superieur 2000 from Chateau Le Luc Regula in Bestheim. A very nice wine, though maybe a tiny bit on the bitter side. I have a feeling it would taste even better with further aging. It paired well with our food, which was also really tasty. We shared a small octopus salad where the octopus was done to perfection (and we’ve definitely tried our share of octopus this year). As a main, the lapin à la provencal was really satisfying and perfect for a winter weeknight.
I’d heard that Les Cavistes has occasional wine tasting events on Wednesday evenings, where a producer will be brought in to present their wines and answer questions. There doesn’t seem to be much information about future events yet, but our server took my e-mail address for the mailing list and told me that the next tastings will be in January.
Bordeaux Superieur 2000, Chateau Le Luc Regula, Bestheim
4115 Saint-Denis St.