In the old city center of Bordeaux, there are a lot of things to discover and one of them is definitely Wine More Time!
The first time that I have been in Wine More Time, was thanks to one of my professors that suggests us to go there to try some wines. So, as good students, we listened to our teacher and we went there. When I entered to Wine More Time, it took me inside with its cozy and friendly atmosphere. Then I kept on walking through and you have different showcases of wines separated according to origin and type of the wines. Here you can find 400 kinds of wine, from all over France and also from other countries, both in bottle and in your glass, since it’s a wine bar and cave at the same time. After I started to live in Bordeaux, this place has become my wine corner. And I had the chance to meet Jean Astruc who is the co-owner of the place together with Alexandre Lahitte. I asked him some questions to know more about Wine More Time, how it was opened, and how they are choosing their wines.
N: Could you explain your wine background and how did you decide to open Wine More Time?
J.A.: We created Wine More Time in 2010 with my associate, Alexandre Lahitte. He has a more commercial background, he is graduated from IPC Wine and Spirit in Bordeaux and I have more technical background since I am a sommelier since 12 years, before I worked in a restaurant, I also made vinifications in Côtes du Rhône, so I touched every step of winemaking until the end. I met Alexandre when we were both working in ‘La Winery’. He had the idea to open a wine cellar and I was thinking to open a wine bar, so we brought our ideas together and we created Wine More Time.
N: How many different wines do you have? From which regions?
J.A.: We started with 100 references, now we have 400 references. 90 references of them are Bordeaux. We have many wines from other regions of France: Bourgogne, Côtes du Rhône, Loire, Languedoc-Roussillon, Champagne… We have also other countries than France, especially European wines but also other wines all around the world. We have 35 references from Spain; I have a wine merchant in Spain with whom I chose the wine. We also have Italian, Portuguese and German wines.
N: How do you choose your wines?
J.A.: For all the wines from France, we work in direct way, that means we directly contact to the wineries. We are trying to avoid the commercials, because they offering all the time the same wines. The most important thing that it differentiates Wine More Time from the other wine bars in Bordeaux, that we have wines from all the regions of France, not just Bordeaux wines. For that reason, we search all the time for new appellations. Every year we try to add a new appellation.
We want the wines that they can show their terroir, if a wine has a lot of wood we are not interested of this wine. So we try to find small properties who still work with old style production. I am interested with small producers, wineries who make honest wines. Our aim is to find the wines which the others don’t have. That’s why we attend to a lot of fairs and we travel and we taste a lot. I always ask the price after the tasting; I am searching coherent prices with the quality.
In Wine More Time, as you can taste the wines which are offered in the glass, you can also open a bottle that you choose from the cellar. The glass wine offers work really good with me since I can switch the glasses to taste many different wines. I asked the following question to know more about this selection.
N: How often do you change your wine menu?
J.A: We change the glass wine menu every week. In this menu there are 4 dry white wines; 1 of them is from Bordeaux, 2 from France and 1 foreign. There are 8 red wines, 4 of them are from Bordeaux, 3 from France and 1 foreign. There are 2 rose wines 1 from South of France, 1 from Provence. Moreover we have 2 sweet wines, always different one from south one from north. The prices changes from 3.5 to 5€, there are always wines with different flavor and price. If you taste a wine in glass this week, you will always find it in the cellar next week if you want to consume it again.
There is a wide range of food from which you can choose to accompany to your glass. My favorite is the charcuterie plate in which there are different cheese and ham types, all really delicious. However, as a client, it took my attention, in the wine menu it’s written “No food, No wine”. I thought this is kind of policy of the wine bar that is why I asked the following question.
N: Why do you have policy of ”No food no wine” in your wine menu?
J.A.: It is not a policy decided by Wine More All, there is a rule about the license for all the wine bars in Bordeaux. You cannot serve the wine without eating. And there are controls about it so we respect the law. We offer food plates with prices starting from 2.5€, we have cheese and charcuterie plates and we are trying to vary them.
The atmosphere in Wine More Time is comfortable and friendly as the people comes here to enjoy, share and have conversations over a glass with a nice background music. I asked to Mr. Astruc a question about their clients:
N: Can you describe your clients?
J.A.: I can say that we have clients from all the ages, mostly younger between 23 and 35 years old but also elder clients. I can say we have a lot of students, but also people from every field, with different wine knowledge. I don’t have a specific analysis for the clients, but I can say that we have mostly feminine clients, 60% of our clients are women. This is because Wine More Time is a really calm place for everyone where nobody bothers anyone. We have also a lot couples, families but mostly the groups of girls. In the end, everybody mixes here in the nice ambiance where everybody can enjoy their wines peacefully.
When the weather is warm, you can just sit outside with a nice view of the street which goes along the old city center and the pretty bell tower, la Grosse Cloche. I suggest every wine lover to visit this wine bar when their way passes from Bordeaux. Then, I am sure you will want to come back one more time!
For more information:
Wine More Time: 8 Rue Saint-James, 33000 Bordeaux
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