Chef Bernard Grébaut and wine director Théo Pourriat’s wine bar-slash-wine shop—catty-corner to the Restaurant Septime, their first venture of resplendent reputation—is basically a shanty stocked with wine and some snacks. Heroically under-conceived, Septime Cave is the dinghy to Septime’s mothership: a little escape pod for rue de Charonne locals seeking a random weeknight glass. Drinkers can enjoy Grébaut’s product selection and plating in microform and an effective summary of the Septime natural wine list.
- natural wine
- bar food
What to drink
Cave-à-mangers like Septime Cave present splendid occasions to drink Champagne without restaurant mark-ups. Septime Cave has stocks of Manu Lassaigne’s chiseled blanc des blancs “Les Vignes de Montgueux,” an undosed, unsulfured Aubois marvel that typifies the work of the new wave of grower-producers seeking to make purer, more terroir-driven Champagnes. Wines can be purchased for take away.
When they’re not too busy, staff of Septime Cave can access the reservations book of Restaurant Septime. Since the latter typically books weeks out, it’s worth checking to see if there’s been a providential cancellation at a convenient time.